Before spending heavy bucks on products, its important to know the skin type, so as to get the accurate product for your skin. By doing this, it helps in getting a flawless and healthy skin. The major skin type includes dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, combination skin , acne prone etc. Lets look at the few steps in understanding how to examine your skin type
Remove Makeup- This is the first step which is to be followed. This includes removal of an eye makeup , lip color also. This will also help with removing dirt and oil from your face.
Wash your face- Wet your face with warm water and clean it with a gentle mild face wash. Avoid over washing your face as it may cause irritation or dry out the skin, rinse your face with cool or warm water and pat with clean towel.
Wait an hour- Once you are done with washing, leave your face as it is for an hour so as to get into the actual texture. Avoid touching your face also.
Dab your face with tissue- After completing an hour, pat your face especially the T zone with a tissue. Look at the tissue to determine if oil rubbed off on it. If it did, you either have oily or combination skin. Your T-Zone includes your forehead and nose. The region is called the T-zone because the bridge of your nose forms the base of the “T”. The part of your forehead above your eyebrows forms the top of the “T”.
Feel the skin- If you have dry skin, your face will feel the stretch after cleansing whereas oily skin will feel cleaner right after washing it. Your T-zone will feel clean if you have combination skin, but your cheeks will feel tight. Sensitive skin will react to certain cleansers, and may cause itchy skin or a rash.
- If you have sensitive skin, your face will get red, itchy, or a rash could form.
- Oily skin will start to feel greasy again as your day continues.
- If you’re noticing your skin doesn’t fall under any of these categories and you’re free of problem areas, you have normal skin which requires low maintenance!
- You can get pimples or acne at any age, especially if you have an oily skin type.
Look at yourself- If you could notice flaky , redness, patchy, you are under dry/ sensitive skin type category. If your face is shiny all over, you have oily skin. A combination of both means you have combination skin.
If you have normal skin, your pores will be visible but not large. Take a few steps back from the mirror. If you still see your pores, you have oily skin. If your pores are not at all visible, you have dry skin. Combination skin occurs when you have more than one pore size on your face resulting in a combination of dry, oily and normal skin.
Apply moisturizer to dry skin- treat your skin with moisturizer when u have dry skin. it gives nourishment and makes your skin healthy.
Oily skin requires cleansing morning & night- Apply a gentle facial cleanser with warm water to wash your face for 30 seconds to a minute. Treat your problem areas with facial products containing benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid or salicylic acid. Buy a small sample before trying these spot treatments or medicated pads so you can test which one works the best on your face.
Get balanced treatment for combination skin- Use gentle cleanser, avoid soap, and eat . Eat more foods with essential fatty acids including salmon, flaxseed and walnuts or take a fish oil supplement. This will help moisturize your skin without adding oil to it.
Use a gentle soap free cleanser for sensitive / acne prone skin- Moisturize your skin to prevent potential breaking of dry spots. Test skin products before using them by applying a small amount behind your ear, then to the side of your eye, and seeing how it responds overnight.
Lastly hydrate your self with plenty of water. Along with treating you skin from outside, its equally important to treat internally by drinking enough water.