Have you ever wondered what your skin type is? If you haven’t, there are three main skin types: dry skin type, normal or combination skin type and oily skin type. To take care of your skin effectively and intelligently, it’s crucial that you, at first, to learn how to know what your skin type is.
All skin types have their unique tendencies (allergies, sensitivities, etc) under various circumstances and seasons. But once you learn about different skin types and determine which type is yours, you can learn about its specific needs. It will ultimately help you later on big decisions like which face mask to use, what make-up style is suitable, how to apply the best skincare and so on.
3 Different Skin Types
1. Dry Skin Type
Dry skin is generally tight and is prone to flaking. The skin can be dry due to lifestyle, diet, hormonal fluctuation, weather, and genetics. Another reason for your skin to get dry is because of dehydration. The habits of not drinking enough water but taking more of diuretics like alcohol and caffeine can bring a significant amount of dryness to your skin. Exfoliation of dead skin layer and application of moisturizer are the main keys to keep your dry skin type healthy.
2. Normal or combination skin type
Normal or combination skin type has a combination of both oiliness and dryness on one’s skin. This skin type is particularly characterized by T-zone, with flakiness on cheeks and oil on forehead, nose, and chin. So if you have normal skin, you might still need to exfoliate the cheek parts gently before applying a mild moisturizer to keep a balance between oily and dry parts.
3. Oily skin type
Oily skin type is the third one among the 3 different skin types. People with oily skin look younger because of natural moisture contained in their skin. Plus, their skin is suppler and less likely to wrinkle. However, sometimes due to an excess amount of oil, the pores can clog or congest and you might need an enzymatic exfoliation to remove sebum buildup.
How to tell what your skin type is?
Now that you’ve learned about the major skin types, it’s time to learn how to know what your skin type is using the valid and proved methods. They are as follows:
1. Blotting Sheet Method
This is one of the easiest and quickest methods to identify your skin type. Simply place and gently pat blotting paper on various parts of your face. Now take the sheet up to the light and see if the oil is visible on it.
- If there is little to no oil, you have dry skin.
- If it contains a significant amount of oil with it, then you have oily skin.
- Lastly, if the oil appears on T-zone, know that you have normal or combination skin.
2. Bare-faced Method
In the bare-faced method, you cleanse your face completely with a cleanser of mild tone. Gently pat dry and leave the skin bare for a half hour. Now examine your face to know what your skin type is:
- If your skin feels parched on trying to smile or make other movements, your skin is dry type.
- If you see that your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) is shining and not the cheeks, you probably have normal skin.
- Finally, if you see that your cheeks shine with oil along with the T-zone, be sure that it’s the only type of skin you’ve got.
Be careful if you have sensitive skin
Your sensitive skin requires extra time and effort before you apply anything on the face. You never know at first which product might be suitable for your sensitive skin without patch testing. Apply some of the product on your inner forearm. If you don’t see any symptoms of flaring up, apply some of the product behind an ear of yours.If the result is still negative, you can rest assure and apply it on your face eventually.
So what is your skin type?
You must have figured out or are about to figure out what your skin type is. It is an indispensable pre-requisite step for keeping your skin healthy. Otherwise, you would just go around applying any random product blindly on your face, potentially causing more harm than improvements. So the best idea is to just know your skin type before beginning your actual skincare rituals.
Let us know about your skin type in the comments below 🙂