At this point in life, you have probably realized that we are all unique and that not one size fits all. Even with skin, you already know that there are different types.
Identifying your skin type can save you a lot from skin complications and even financially in the pursuit of skincare products.
Dermatologists have concluded that there exists 4 major skin types across all women and men.
In this article, I am going to help you identify where you fall in terms of skin types and make your life so much better.
As the name suggests, this is the most common skin type there is. It is probably the most desired skin type because it is not too dry or oily.
If you fall into this category, you will notice that your skin normally has an even tone and a soft texture with little flakiness.
Once in a while, you will notice an oily T-zone (the central area of your face including the chin, nose and the part of your forehead above your eyebrows) in hot weather, but generally, this area is oil-free.
You will know that you have this skin type because your face will constantly appear shiny and or sweaty.
This skin tends to produce more oil than usual and because of this, blackheads and pimples are a common problem.
If you put on makeup with this kind of skin, you notice that you keep running to the bathroom to pat some powder on your face to clear the shininess.
With this skin type, skin tends to appear flaky and tight, while feeling slightly rough to the touch.
Dry skin produces less sebum (natural oils) when compared to normal skin, leaving it feeling tight and sometimes irritated as well.
With this kind of skin, you can’t walk out of the house without thoroughly moisturizing or oiling it.
Having a combination skin type means that your face has parts where you have dry and oily skin.
The most prominent feature of this skin is the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) which is usually oilier. The cheeks, on the other hand, tend to be relatively dry.
How to Know where you fall
If you want to know where you fall there are two tests you can perform at the comfort of your house.
The first test is the bare face method where you wash your face with a cleanser, pat it with a towel and wait for an hour to pass.
After an hour passes, evaluate how your skin feels by trying different facial expressions.
If your skin feels stretched and tight, you probably have dry skin.
If your skin looks shiny in certain areas (nose, forehead, chin) then you probably have normal or combination skin.
If your cheeks look shiny as well, you can assume that your skin is probably oily skin.
The second test to finding out the skin type you have is the blotting sheet method.
In this case, you do not have to wash your face prior to performing this test.
Gently pat a sheet of blotting paper on different parts of your face and hold it up to a light source.
If the blotting paper only has traces of oil on it, you have normal skin.
If your blotting paper only absorbs oil from areas like the nose and forehead, you probably have combination skin.
On the other hand, if your blotting paper is saturated with oil from different parts of your face, it is very likely that you have oily skin.
Otherwise, if the blotting sheet barely picked up any oil, your skin is probably dry.