Identifying Your Skin Type & What It Means
Maybe, you know your type when it comes to your sexuality, but you’re a little less sure about your skin type. Just like everything else, our eyes, hair, body types and interests, everyone's skin type is uniquely different. We don't all fall into one specific category. We generally fall into 5 different skin type categories: normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. Different types of skin need different things, so no single product can be universally used. Your skin type changes with different factors. Skin is affected by internal and external factors such as genetics, hormones, pregnancy, environment,diet,allergies, medications and skin care products.
Checkout the 5 different skin types below to identify you skin type:
Normal Skin: Well balanced; no itching, redness, oiliness or dryness. A person with this skin type will not appear oily. Those with normal skin are not typically prone to breakouts or flakiness and tend to have a balanced t-zone. They have little to no blemishes.
Oily Skin: If you have oily skin then your sebaceous glands are producing too much oil. Your skin is greasy, shiny and oil. Mostly throughout the t-zone of your face (forehead, nose and chin.)You may have taken note that you have large visible pores and are often prone to blemishes and breakouts.
Dry Skin: Dry, itchy, dehydrated. Generally rough, scaly, flaky, itchy or irritated with an overall dehydrated look and feel. It ranges from mildly dry and very dry.
Combination Skin: The condition of your skin may fluctuate between seasons. You’ll know you have combination skin if it changes. Your face has areas that are both dry and oily. One area of your face may be dry, while other areas are oily. For example, If you feel your t-zone is oily, but other parts of your face(ex. cheeks) are dry then you have combination skin. Skin is typically shiny on the forehead, nose and chin, while appearing dry or normal on the cheeks.
Sensitive Skin: Often characterized by visible redness, flakiness and dryness. You may feel itchy or tight. Your skin might even sting or burn. With sensitive skin, you may be prone to breakouts, peeling, sunburns or rashes. Sensitive skin may not always show visible signs and may simply have feelings of discomfort. Be careful with the skincare products you are using on your skin, because certain products could cause irritation or allergic reactions.
Determining your skin type can be done with a simple method . Just adhere to this 3-step test.
Step 1. Wash your face with gentle cleanser, warm water and pat dry with a towel.
Step 2: Do Not Apply any products such as cleansers, creams, toners, moisturizers or sunscreens afterwards. Do not touch skin. Leave your skin in its natural state for 30 mins or more before assessing your skin type.
Step 3 : Do Not Apply any products such as cleansers, creams, toners, moisturizers or sunscreens afterwards. Do not touch skin. Leave your skin in its natural state for 30 mins or more before assessing your skin type.
What is your skin type? Share with us in the comments below!
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