Just about every skin care product out there is formulated for a specific skin type, meaning that unless you know what your skin type is, you are likely using products that are not best suited to your skin. While everybody’s skin is definitely unique, there are a few ways in which you can determine your overall skin type so that you can then learn how to better care for it.
Examine Your Skin After Cleansing
A simple way to begin to determine your skin type is to first cleanse your skin thoroughly, using a mild cleanser, and then gently pat it dry. Rather than applying any other products afterwards, leave your skin bare, and then examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead after half an hour, to see if any oil has built up. Do this again after an additional thirty minutes, making a few different facial expressions to assess whether or not your skin feels tight, dry, patchy or oily. If you have just a small amount of shine on your forehead or nose, you likely have normal or combination skin, while those who have quite a bit of shine, on the cheeks as well, would be classed as oily. If your skin feels quite dry, then this would point towards a dry skin type.
Use a Blotting Sheet
You can also use a blotting sheet to try to determine your skin type. All you need to do is gently pat a blotting paper over different arts of your face, holding it up to the light each time to see how much oil you have managed to blot off. If there is barely any oil, this would mean your skin is dry, whereas if you have picked up a bit of oil from your forehead and nose, this would be normal or combination. If your blotting paper comes away saturated with oil each time, then this would indicate that your skin type is oily.
Examine Your Pores
Taking a close look at your pores is another way to gain a better understanding of your skin type. Those who have normal skin tend to have pores that are barely noticeable, while those who have oily skin usually have larger pores, and these will often end up clogged due to the excess oil that is being produced. Those with dry skin would have small pores that often feel quite tight, whereas those with combination skin tend to have larger pores around the nose, but smaller pores around the cheeks and other areas of the face.
Once you have worked out what your skin type is, this will enable you to then give your skin a much higher level of care. Each skin type needs to be looked after in a different way, so make sure that the products and techniques that you are using are tailored to your skin’s exact requirements.