The best way to care for your skin is to understand your specific skin type and how it affects your health and look. For one thing, without this knowledge, you would be splurging your money on skincare products your skin constantly fights off.
Here’s the thing. Using thick moisturizers on your skin to prevent dry skin can achieve just the exact opposite. It’s important you take out some time to understand your skin type so you know your skin’s specific needs. What’s more, you’ll be able to choose the right and best options that will help you bring balance to your skin, resulting in healthier, beautifier skin.
Before we dig into how you can determine your skin type, it’s important to understand the different types of skin people around.
Every person’s skin is unique. Yet, there are a few common skin types that can help you understand where your skin fits the most.
This type of skin is well-balanced–not too oily or too dry. If you have this type of skin, you’re prone to breakouts or flakiness. Plus, you tend to have a balanced t-zone.
Dry skin feels tight and flaky throughout the day due to the lack of moisture and lipids in your body, with dehydration being the leading cause of dry skin. Drinking plenty of water can make a significant difference and help you get rid of dry skin fast. Try exfoliating daily with non-abrasive ingredients to help keep your skin moist without removing its natural oils.
Oily skin makes you look younger and more supple because of its natural moisture that keeps your skin away from those ugly wrinkles. However, that excess oil on your skin can leave your pores clogged, exposing your skin to blemishes and a build-up of dead cells. Plus, oilier skin is prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), a condition that leaves dark spots on the skin.
A gentle exfoliator will help lighten those dark spots getting rid of the uppermost layers of your skin and revealing new cells. If you have severe acne breakouts, consider using an exfoliator that includes anti-bacterial ingredients to speed up the process.
People with combination skin experience both dryness and oiliness on their skin at the same time. If this is you, get a moisturizer that is not too heavy but enough to retain moisture where needed most. More specifically, you want to go for moisturizers with a gel-like texture as they are absorbed more quickly. Daily exfoliation could also help keep your skin balanced.
How to determine your skin type
Here are three easy ways to determine your skin type at home.
1. The bare-faced technique
The best way to work out your skin type is to carefully study your bare skin. Wash your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and pat it dry, not rub, and do not apply any moisturizers or other skincare products. After 30 minutes up to an hour, check your skin for any shine. If your skin appears shiny, then you might have oily skin. If your skin feels tight, it’s likely dry. A mix of dryness and oiliness on your skin means you have combination skin.
2. The blotting sheet technique
A much faster way to determine if you have oily or dry skin is by gently pressing a clean blotting paper on various spots of your face. Hold the sheet up to a light source to reveal how much oil was absorbed.
How much oil is visible on the sheet will determine your type of skin. More oil on the paper means you likely have oily skin. If the oil is little or not visible, you most likely have dry skin. If the paper reveals oil from your forehead and nose, your skin is probably normal or combination.
3. Ask the experts
You can easily make out your skin type by asking beauty and skincare consultants or aestheticians. They will examine your skin thoroughly and offer helpful tips based on your skin type and whatever skin issues you have.
Final note on determining your skin type
No matter what you might have heard, your skin’s needs can change over time. Taking the necessary steps to identify its needs is essential for it to look its best.
As you try to determine your skin type and apply the products that resonate with your skin, it’s essential that you understand whether or not you have sensitive skin. If you do, only introduce one new product at a time, especially if you’re using cleansers with the bare-faced method.
Plus, you always want to patch test any product on your inner forearm or to the area behind one of your ears before applying it to your face.
Not still sure which skin type you have? Contact Itapelo to book a free consultation with one of our skincare experts today.