How To Know Your Skin Type- Normal, Dry, Combination or Oily?
I have noticed that so many of you are still confused about your skin type. Firstly, you end up assuming other skin type and then you choose products according to that skin type! And in the end, you doubt your entire skin care regime! Due to these reasons, I am forced to write this post for you all. In order to help you out to identify your skin type and to share with you which skin type changes to which, as the season progress! Learn how to know your skin type properly.
How To Know Your Skin Type- Test
To determine your correct skin type, you will need to perform a test. The test is quite simple! At night, wash your face with your current face wash and pat dry as you usually would. After this, do not apply anything on your face, that is, no toner or moisturizer, nothing! The following day when you wake up, stand in front of the mirror and observe your skin. (Without washing your face, of course!)
Different Skin Types
There are different skin types which we will discuss in brief below. Your observation will help you to know your skin type.
Normal Skin Type
Your skin will look supple and soft. When you touch your face, you will not find any oil or shine on your fingertips. And when you pull your cheeks slightly you will not feel stretchy or irritated either. Your skin may or may not be prone to sweating. May or may not be prone to breakouts especially during ‘that’ time of the month. Normal skin type turns dry in winter. (People with normal skin type are quite lucky as they don’t have to face breakouts often!)
Dry Skin Type
You will feel the need to apply a moisturizer. And when you pull your cheeks you will feel stretchy and irritated. Dry skin turns extremely dry and is prone to flaking during winters. You may or may not face comedones (blackheads/whiteheads) issues. (Just get a good moisturizer in hand and stay away from oil-free products!)
Combination Skin Type
Your nose appears oily and when you touch it, the oil is visible on your fingertips. Your forehead may appear shiny too. The rest of the areas feel normal. Combination skin type turns normal to dry during winters. You may or may not experience flaky skin during winters. You may experience blackheads on your nose. (You should follow a multi-treatment routine!)
Oily Skin Type
Your entire face looks shiny and oily. And you instantly feel the need to wash it ASAP! It is observed that people with oily skin most often face acne issues. You may or may not face acne issues but you do tend to sweat easily. That is because you have large and open pores as compared to other skin types! Oily skin turns combination during winters. (Look out for oil-free products and products which are nourishing at the same time.)
Skin Conditions- Sensitive, Acne Prone Skin, Etc.
Now that you know your skin type, let’s talk about some common skin conditions. Some common skin conditions people tend to have is sensitivity and acne. You can not get rid of both these conditions, only you can keep it under control by choosing the right skin care products. There are other common skin conditions too like psoriasis, eczema etc. (Thanks to pollution, stress and our family history!)
There are a wide variety of products available for your skin type. You just have to read the label. For example, they do mention if it is for dry, combination or oily skin type. But when it comes to skin conditions like what we discussed above, check with your Derm to get the right treatment product!
My Skin Type
My skin is sensitive, oily and acne prone. My skin turns from oily to combination during winters, where most of the time only my T-zone gets oily. (This is why I love winter!) But I do get regular visits from my pimples!
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