In a world where skincare products come in endless varieties, figuring out what skincare products can be an intimidating experience! One of the first steps to determining which products to start with, is by knowing what your skin type is!
If you’re not sure what your skin type is, read along and let’s decode and identify your skin type together!
First, wash your face, using a cleanser of your choice and lukewarm water – Not too hot, not too cold. Let’s start off with a clean slate!
Wait 30 minutes. During this time, resist the urge to apply any skincare products or makeup! This allows your skin to return to its natural state without any interference.
After 30 minutes, take a look at your skin in a well-lit room or in natural light. Pay attention to visible qualities like texture, shine, blemishes, dry flakes, redness, and overall appearance.
Now, use the following descriptions to determine your skin type!
The 4 main types:
Normal skin: Your skin feels neither tight and dry, or oily and greasy. Your skin feels smooth, with a balanced level of moisture and no visible shine.
Oily skin: Your skin appears and feels shiny or greasy.
Dry skin: Your skin feels tight or dry, with flaky areas or rough patches. If your skin tight to the point of discomfort, and feels rough and scaly with significant amounts of dry skin, you may have extra-dry skin.
Combination skin: Parts of your skin feel oily, but parts of your skin feels tight and dry. Most likely, your T-zone area (forehead, nose, chin) is oily, and the remaining areas are dry.
Additional skin type attributes:
Sensitive skin: You may have conditions like eczema or rosacea, and areas of your skin may be red or irritated. Historically, you may have found that your skin reacts easily to skincare products in general.
Mature skin: You may have wrinkles, fine lines, or sagging areas – And that’s completely fine! As skin matures, oil production levels decrease, so mature skin is likely to be dry as well.
Blemished skin: You may have blemishes and acne on your face, which could be caused by a variety of factors, such as stress, hormones and food. Those with acne tends to have oily or combination skin, although it can occur for those with dry skin as well.
So which of the above skin types and attributes do you identify with? Do you have normal, oily, dry or combination skin? And if so, do you also have sensitive, mature or blemished skin?
Now, you should have a better idea of what your skin type is! Remember that your skin type can change over time, and can easily be influenced by factors such as your age, hormones, environmental changes, and lifestyle habits!
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