It’s easy to get swept up in skin care recommendations (especially when they’re accompanied by a flawless model in an eye-catching Instagram post). But what works for that woman isn’t necessarily going to work for you. With 5 basic skin types, it’s easy to have skin that deviates from the norm (and those with a “normal” skin type actually don’t make up the majority). You need to create your personal plan of attack. But where can you start with such a significant endeavor? By figuring out your own skin type.
Identify Your Skin Type at Home
Of course, we can help you determine what your skin needs in the office. But if you’re not ready for professional anti-aging treatments, get better acquainted with your skin to give it the home care that will help it thrive.
Dabbing your face with a clean tissue or blotting paper in the morning, before the day’s dirt and makeup have accumulated, can help you identify your skin type. Blot all across your face, making sure to get both the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin) and your cheeks.
Standard Skin Types
Normal – Little to no oil on the paper. While it may be labeled normal, this skin type is actually somewhat rare. Normal skin has healthy circulation and little to no oil. The skin feels smooth, soft, and even. If you’re normal, you’re a lucky one! It will almost always be easy for you to achieve healthy skin, but you should still make sure you use sun protection and moisturize.
Dry – No oil on the paper, plus skin flakes. Dry skin has little sebum (oily secretion from the skin’s sebaceous glands). This type of skin is often flaky-looking and tight-feeling. Individuals with dry skin may feel uncomfortable when making facial expressions, noticing the pull on their facial skin. Pores will look small and the skin may seem dull.
Oily – Significant oil on the paper. Oily skin produces excessive sebum across the face, with most of the oiliness occurring in the T-zone. The sebaceous glands are overactive, which may be caused by genetics, hormones, or daily stress, habits, and diet. The pores may look large, being easily visible.
Combination – Some oil on the paper, from the T-zone only. The most common skin type, combination skin is oily on the nose, forehead, and chin but not on the cheeks or around the mouth or eyes. This skin type can benefit from spot treatment that gives dry areas additional moisture and oily areas careful cleansing.
Sensitive – Sensitive skin can be oily or dry, so it’s not diagnosable with the blotting test. But if you have sensitive skin, you likely know it. This skin type becomes easily inflamed and irritated. Sensitivity can be caused by rosacea, eczema, allergies, or other skin conditions. Individuals with sensitive skin benefit from seeing a professional to determine the best skin care options. It can be difficult to figure out what’s best for touchy skin on your own.
What’s My Ideal Skin Care Routine?
Now that you know more about what your skin really needs, check back for our coming series of beauty hacks for each skin type. Boost your skin care at home to get a gorgeous glow! Once your skin is getting exactly what it craves, it will respond in ways you may never have seen before – yielding stunning results.
Part One: Dry Skin! Coming soon.
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