What is My Skin Type?

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How can I find out what is my skin type? Your skin type is determined by the amount of sebum we produce naturally and by the way your skin looks, feels, and reacts to certain products or areas. This can be a slippery slope if we are stuck in a rut and treating our skin for concerns we no longer have or that we may be even created ourselves. This skin type has a balanced oil and water content. Feels smooth and velvety.

 The color of the skin glows below the translucent surface. What you need to follow as a rule is regular cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. To find out your true skin type, the easiest method is to cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser and apply a gentle toner (no exfoliants or harsh ingredients included), and then just let that face hang out for 20-30 minutes.

During this time you will see how your skin adjusts to your everyday environment before treating skin with other products. If your skin feels dry and you get that tight skin feeling, you got dry skin. If you are one of the chosen ones who see oil in certain areas like the t-zone but experience dryness or tightness in your cheeks you have combination skin.

1. IS MY SKIN TYPE NORMAL?

Normal skin is considered to be well balanced and not too dry or too oily. It is characterized by an overall smooth appearance with very few breakouts and balanced sebum production.

Normal skin is not really sensitive or reactive, so you generally do not have to worry about redness and irritation. It is truly a gift from the gods.

CARING FOR NORMAL SKIN

Normal skin really benefits from a simple routine. Having normal skin allows you to focus on one main concern which is health. Work to maintain a healthy and strong skin barrier by staying hydrated and using products targeted towards normal skin that contain gentle ingredients, like hyaluronic acid or the occasional hydrating BHA or AHA.

Aging still happens to normal skin, so utilize a simple anti-aging routine that includes regular light exfoliation, your favorite antioxidant serum (shout out to vitamin C), a great creamy moisturizer, and sunscreen

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2. IS MY SKIN TYPE DRY?

All my dry skin girls raise your hand. Dry skin can sometimes feel dry (duh) or even tight like that stripped feeling you get after using a bad cleanser. It can also be flaky at times when your skin is going through an especially dry phase like a change in season or being in a new extra dry climate.

Dry skin has minimal sebum production, which means your skin will not be as naturally hydrated as you want it to be. The texture of dry skin can vary from person to person, but often those with dry skin experience mostly clear skin that is prone to redness and feels a bit rough and even itchy at times.

Signs of dry skin are:

(i) Flaky patches that disappear with regular moisturizing.

(ii) Finely textured with the pores not being visible.

(iii) Tiny expression lines that do not disappear.

(iv) The skin of the neck and cheeks looks creepy.

3. Is MY SKIN TYPE OILY?

Oily skin needs special cleansing to keep the pores unclogged. Women with oily skin need to adopt a daily proper method of cleansing to prevent the accumulation of dirt on the skin surface. Oily skin is marked by a greasy or shiny appearance as a result of excess sebum production. The excess oil often results in clogged and enlarged pores that lead to breakouts, acne.

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This type of skin lacks both sebum and moisture. It looks fine-textured, transparent, patchy, and fragile. This type of skin flakes and chaps easily compared to other skin types. Tiny expression lines may be obvious.

4. IS MY SKIN TYPE A COMBINATION?

Combination skin is characterized by both dry and oily skin. Typically, this means an oily T-zone with dry areas in the cheeks and jawline. You may notice enlarged pores or rough skin texture in oily areas, making you more prone to whiteheads and blackheads.

5. IS MY SKIN TYPE SENSITIVE?

Things get a little confusing when we start talking about sensitive skin. Many of us may be under the impression that we have sensitive skin, but we really aren’t sure. Sensitive skin is characterized by persistent redness, rashes, or irritation. It can include some ailments like eczema or rosacea or other bad allergies.

There is a difference between skin that is reactive and skin that is sensitive. Many of us have reacted to skincare or to the environment, but the key for sensitive skin is that irritation is persistent. Skin sensitivity can vary from person to person, but no matter the degree of sensitivity it’s important to pay attention to what ingredients or allergens cause the most flare-ups.

You might need to consult a Dermatologist in serious cases, in other instances proper care and attention can help you to survive with this kind of skin type.

 

I hope you found this “What is My Skin Type?” article helpful.

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