It is important to determine your skin type as it impacts every aspect of your skincare and makeup routine. Tailoring your skincare according to your skin type will do wonders for your beauty routine as taking your skin type into consideration is essential at all times.
The 5 main kinds of of skin type are: normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, and sensitive skin.
Your skin type is often determined by several factors such as genetics, age, environment, and including how much oil a person’s skin produces. Your skin type also influences factors such as water retention, sebum production, sensitivity, and one’s propensity towards certain skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, etc.
SO HOW CAN I DETERMINE MY SKIN TYPE
USING A BLOTTING PAPER METHOD
You can use blotting paper to determine your skin type and how much oil (sebum) your face secrets. Lightly dab your face with a blotting paper and hold it up to the light, so you can see any excess oil from your face.
you should compare the oil production of different sections of your face, as well as the oil production of your face over time, under different conditions, and using different products.
OBSERVING BARE FACE AFTER WASHING
You can wash your face with a mild cleanser and carefully observe your skin in different conditions through out the day.
- wash the face with a gentle cleanser
- pat dry with a clean towel
- observe how the skin looks and feels immediately after washing
- take note of how your skin changes over the next few hours.
You will most likely notice that;
- Normal skin will look clear, and will not feel tight or irritated after washing. It will not change much during the course of the day.
- Oily skin may look matte after washing, but will become shiny over the next few hours.
- Dry skin will feel dry and tight shortly after washing. It may also look dull and/or flake
- Combination skin typically involves an oily T-zone and normal or dry cheeks. The T-zone includes the forehead, nose, and chin
- Sensitive skin may sting, burn, or itch after a wash.
You can check out our previous post to understand the 5 skin types and their characteristics!