Determining your skin-type is crucial in choosing the right products, as well as targeting individual skin concerns that you may have.
When determining your skin-type, it’s important to analyze your skin and take into account all of your skin’s needs.
There are five primary skin-types: dry, oily, normal, combination and sensitive.
I’ve broken down these skin-types below to help you determine the one that best describes you!
skin may feel dehydrated and/or tight
skin may feel rough, scaly/flaky, itchy and/or irritated
pores are generally not so visible
complexion may look dull and/or sallow
fine lines are more visible
skin has excess oil and is generally more oily in the t-zone (forehead, nose & chin)
may have enlarged pores and/or blackheads
often prone to blemishes and breakouts
skin is well-balanced—not too dry or too oily
skin tends to have a balanced t-zone
those with this skin-type tend to have small pores and an even skintone
those with this skin-type are not typically prone to breakouts
skin can be dry/normal in some areas, while oily in other areas
Generally oily in the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin)
People with this skin type tend to have larger pores around their nose area
People with this skin type may struggle with blackheads and/or shiny skin
those with sensitive skin can have any of the above skin types
skin may have visible dryness, irritation and/or redness
those with this skin type should avoid products with fragrances and other harsh chemicals
Still unsure what your skin-type is? Below are two excellent methods to help you determine!
'THE BARE-FACED METHOD'
Begin by washing your face with a mild cleanser, then gently pat dry (do not apply any skincare products). After 30 minutes, analyze your skin. If your skin feels tight, then your skin-type is most likely dry. If there's any noticeable shine on your t-zone and/or cheeks, then your skin-type is most likely combination/oily. If there's imbalance of oiliness and dryness, then your skin-type is most likely combination.
'THE BLOTTING SHEET METHOD'
Gently press a clean blotting sheet on the different areas of your face. Afterwards, hold the blotting sheet up to a light to see how much oil is visible. If you see little to no oil, you skin-type is most likely dry. If the blotting sheet shows minimal oil from your forehead and nose, your skin-type is most likely normal or combination. Finally, if the blotting paper is saturated with oil, then you most likely have oily skin.
Now that you know what skin-type you have, then next step is choosing the right products!
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