How to check your skin type
Your skin is a very important organ of your body. In fact, it is the largest organ in your body. It is a part of your body that helps others become physically attracted to you. It is therefore important that you take care of your skin as well as you can by arming yourself with the right resources to do that.
One of those resources is your skin type.
Knowledge of your skin type helps you select the right skin products for your skin, to prevent damage of your skin by using the wrong products.
Different Skin types
The different types of skin include:
This skin type is usually caused by the absence of oil in the skin. It is different from dehydrated skin which is a temporary skin condition (not a skin type) and it is caused by lack of water or the environmental and climatic conditions.
If you have a skin with this type, your skin is usually shiny or filled with excess oil on your face, back leg or neck. You will normally have more blackheads or whiteheads, pimples, etc. Your skin pores are usually bigger than normal, and they clogged more often than others.
Normal or Combination Skin
If you have a normal skin type, then you have a generally oily skin on your T-Zone (your forehead, nose and chin) but a dry one on your cheeks and jaws. People who have normal or combination skin must deal with balancing the dryness on one side and the oiliness on another. It is important for people with combination skin to find a moisturizer substantial enough to hold moisture in the cheeks.
How to determine your skin type
There are generally two methods to determine your skin type.
The Bare-Faced Method
Cleanse your face totally of all dirt, oil or makeup using a gentle cleanser. Leave your face for one hour without touching it at all. Resist any temptation whatsoever to touch your face during this period. After one hour, check your face in the mirror and you can determine your skin type.
- If your skin is parched or feels dry when you make any facial expression or smile, then you have dry skin.
- If your skin is oily on your T-Zone only, then you most probably have a normal or combination skin.
- If your skin is oily on your T-Zone as well as your cheeks, then you have an oily skin.
The Blotting Sheet Method
This method is much easier and faster than the bare-faced method. It is also much more efficient in determining the skin type of a person. All you have to do is pat a blotting sheet on your T-Zone, cheeks, jaws and other different areas of your face. Hold the blotting sheet to the light and check to see how much oil is visible, depending on the areas you patted.
- If there is very little or no oil, your skin is dry.
- If there is oil on your T-Zone, then your skin is combination.
- If there is oil on your cheeks and T-Zone, then your skin is oily.
For your best skin care routine!
Not finding your skin type is dangerous to your skin care. You do not want to destroy your skin by using the wrong products that are meant for another skin, so take out time to determine your skin type today and handle it accordingly for a better, radiant and glowing appearance.