Know Your Skin Type
Every skin type requires a different way and method to deal with.
There are five common skin types: Normal, dry, oily/acne prone, combination and sensitive. We have put together a list of these skin types and their characteristics to help you easily determine which one suits you personally.
Why is important to know your skin type?
Many people do not know their skin and for this reason, they use the wrong types of skin care products. Using the wrong products without knowing your exact skin type could worsen acne, dryness, scarring, dark spots or other skin problems.
Treating the wrong skin type can lead to irritated skin, breakouts and premature aging. Choosing the correct daily skin care routine for your skin is essential for making your skin appear youthful and help to maintain Skin health.
How to Know Your skin type?
your exact skin type helps you to choose the right products that will give best results to your skin.
The bare face method to know your Skin type:
As the name suggests, this method helps you to determine for what your skin is like when left bare.
1. Preparing Your Skin
Cleanse your face with a mild foaming cleanser. Dry your face with a towel and Leave your skin bare. don’t apply anything at all.
2. Examine your skin
Wait 30 minutes then examine your cheeks, nose and forehead for any shine. observe your skin. What does it look like?
3.Determine Your Skin
If you feel your skin clean and clear after cleansing. You have small pores and you’re blessed with well-balanced, healthy skin.
People with oily skin feels shiny all over (cheeks, nose and forehead) and not just in your T-zone.
Combination skin have unbalanced mix of oiliness and dryness.
After cleansing, when you have dry or normal cheeks but your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) has shine, your skin is most likely having combination skin.
does your skin feel tight and have flaky areas?
Tightness means you have dry skin. Dry skin is a skin type that produces less sebum than normal skin.
Acne typically appears on your face, forehead, chest, upper back and shoulders because these areas of skin have the most oil (sebaceous) glands. Hair follicles are connected to oil glands.
Acne is a skin condition that occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. It causes whiteheads, blackheads, pimples (pustules), small red tender bumps (papules), solid painful lumps under the skin (nodules), pus-filled lumps under the skin (cystic lesions).
Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages. Effective acne treatments are available, but acne can be persistent. The pimples and bumps heal slowly, and when one begins to go away, others seem to crop up.
Depending on its severity, acne can cause emotional distress and scar the skin. The earlier you start treatment, the lower your risk of such problems.
The Blotting sheet method:
This method is much faster than bare face method. You simply need a blotting sheet to do it.
Gently pat a blotting sheet on different areas of your face. Then, hold the sheet up to a light to see how much oil is visible.
After some time, if your face feels oil from your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and almost none from everywhere else, you have combination skin. And your blotting sheet is packed with oil, you have oily skin. If your face feels tight, you have dry skin. However, if your face looks red and blotchy and feels tingly, you have sensitive skin type.