Having a regular skincare routine is important as it helps you to maintain the healthiness and cleanliness of your skin whilst protecting it from the elements and infection. However, you can’t care for your skin if don’t understand your specific skin type and how it adapts against the elements and certain circumstances.
You might think you are ticking all the boxes by regularly washing your face, moisturising and taking your make-up off every evening. However, you could be using cleansers or treatments that are too harsh and it it may send incorrect signals to your skin that more oil is actually needed.
What are the different types of skin?
No two people on the planet will share the same skin as each person’s is unique. That said, there are a few common skin types that will help you determine where your skin may be accommodated the most. The three main skin types are normal/combination, oily and dry.
With normal/combination skin, neither oily or dryness tend to be present and if either does appear, it’s rare and easy to resolve. Dry skin on the other hand may cause the skin to feel tight and cause flakiness or scaly patches whilst your pores may be practically invisible with some wrinkles showing. If you have oily skin, it’s likely that you notice a lot of shine on your face and that you suffer from extreme acne breakouts.
So, now that you know the three main skin types, how do you determine your own?
The blotting method
This method is extremely fast and uses a blotting sheet to differentiate between oily and dry skin. Simply take the sheet and gently pat it on various areas of your face. Once you have done this, hold the sheet up to the light to see how much oil is visible, if little or no oil is visible, it’s likely that you have dry skin.
If the sheet picked up oil from the forehead and nose (T-Zone) area, your skin is most likely to fall under the normal/combination category whereas is if the paper is heavy with oil, it’s almost a given that you have oily skin.
The bare-faced method
If you don’t have access to blotting paper or would prefer to test it more thoroughly by cleansing your face using a mild cleanser and gently pat dry. Using a mild cleanser such as the range from Tropic Skincare is important, as this is far less likely to irritate your skin. After cleansing, leave your skin bare for thirty minutes.
After waiting thirty minutes, examine your face thoroughly for any shine paying careful attention to the nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. Leave your skin bare and wait another thirty minutes. This time, assess whether your skin feels dehydrated, make different facial expressions, as this will help you to come to a more thorough conclusion.
If you conclude that your skin feels tight, your skin is mostly likely dry whereas if there is shine on your cheeks as well as your forehead and nose, you probably have oily skin. If there is just a little shine on your nose and forehead, you most likely have normal/combination skin.