Detecting which skin you got is easy with these few steps:
- Start with washing your face and pat it dry with a soft towel.
- Then take tissue paper and press on different spots on your face.
- If the tissue paper does not pick any oil or sticks to your face then you have Dry Skin.
- If the tissue paper sticks and picks up oil in the T-zone (forehead. nose and chin) then you have Normal Skin or Combination Skin.
- If the tissue paper sticks and picks up oily spots then you have Oily skin.
Type 1: Combination / Normal Skin
- Combination/Normal this skin type has medium pores, a smooth and supple texture, healthy color. Pores are small and barely visible, and the skin has few breakouts
- Combination/Normal skin is generally the healthiest type of skin, with a good balance between oil and moisture.
- Combination skin consists of both dry and oily skin. Usually the ‘T-zone’, or the area of the chin, nose and forehead, is oilier than the cheeks, eyes and mouth, which tend to be the dry areas.
- Combination/Normal skin needs little treatment, but a daily routine is important for maintaining overall skin health
Type 2: Dry Skin
- Dry skin feels tight, especially after cleansing.
- Dry skin have a tendency towards fine wrinkles, flaking and red patches
- Dry skin is often the result of a low production of sebum, and often fails to retain moisture as a result.
- People with Dry skin may feel better than Oily skin in early age. But as you reach your late twenties you find that Dry skin ages faster than other skin types, because the dehydration it suffers easily lead to fine lines and wrinkles.
- Only moisturizing Dry Skin once a day is not enough, make sure you use a good day cream (that has Sun protection) in the morning and a deep hydrating night cream at night.
Type 3: Oily Skin
- Oily skin tends to shiny with enlarged pores, and is prone to blackheads and blemishes.
- If you have oily skin, it’s probably due to an over secretion of sebum
- Sebum is a natural protective covering for our skin, but unfortunately sometimes it can be unpleasant when overproduced, as it is often the case with teenagers reaching puberty.
- Excessive oil in skin not only blocks the pores of the skin which later lead to blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or acne, but also attracts dust and dirt.
- We should never allow excessive oil build up in the subcutaneous glands as it may form small cysts. Even though they are not usually dangerous, they can be painful if left inattentive for long.
- It’s important that oily skin is thoroughly cleaned every day with a good cleanser, and a toner is used to help reduce the size of pores.
Type 4: Sensitive Skin
- Sensitive Skin tends to be thin, delicate with fine pores. It is prone to broken capillaries, and is often allergic.
- Sensitive skin is possibly the most difficult to maintain of all the skin types,
- You never know what may irritate the Sensitive Skin. It can be anything whether it’s the skin care products, harsh weather, dirt or even excessive sun exposure or even dirt.
- For people with sensitive skin, it helps if products are used that do not contain any perfumes, dyes or chemicals.
- Be sure to choose from a range of skin care products that are specially designed for sensitive skin, and protect your skin as much as possible for the weather particularly wind and sun.