Do you ever read a label on a product that is designed specifically for a skin type and you have no idea what you are? Everyone has a different skin type, which means that everyone requires a different kind of skincare. In order to find the right products, the first step is to work out what sort of skin you have.
The three basic skin types are as follows:
If you have dry skin, you might notice that it often feels tight and that it’s prone to flaking. If you live in a dry climate and you fly frequently, your skin may get more tight and sensitive. Dehydration can be a cause of dry skin, so if you suspect this is you, it’s important to be drinking plenty of water.
If you notice that your skin gets more and shinier over the day, particularly over your forehead, nose, and chin, you may have oily skin. This can also leave you with clogged pores and blackheads, and with some people, it can also lead to breakouts and zits. Make sure you regularly exfoliate to remove dead skin and dirt that can clog your pores.
If your skin is somewhere between the above two conditions, you probably have normal or combination skin. Your T-zone may sometimes get oily but you might also experience dryness and flaky skin on your cheeks.
If you aren’t totally sure which skin type your complexion falls under, there are some tests you can do to figure it out.
Test One: The no makeup test is designed to work out how exactly your skin reacts without any products on it. After you’ve washed first thing in the morning, go product and makeup-free for several hours. Then, take a look at yourself in the mirror. If your whole face is oily, you have oily skin. If your T-zone is shiny, you have combination skin. If you don’t notice any shine and if your skin feels tight, you have dry skin.
Test Two: Blotting paper has been used for a long time for people with oily skin to blot away the excess oil. Pat a piece of blotting paper over your T-zone before looking at it. The more transparent and covered in oil it is, the more oily your skin is.
Your skin type can change over the years, whether it’s due to the natural aging process or changes in your hormones – for instance, pregnancy or hormonal birth control. No matter what your skin’s like, you need to make sure that you cleanse it thoroughly before you go to bed and that you apply sunscreen every morning to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays.