The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is what people see when they look at you and there is no doubt that taking care of it should be a priority. However, skin types varies so there is no one general skin care routine that works for everybody and that is why it is important to know your skin type.
Types of Skin
Before we talk about ways to identify your skin type, let us first discuss the various skin types we have:
1. Dry Skin:
This is a skin type that produces less sebum, which results in lack lipids that retains moisture in the skin and protects it from external influence. It is caused by too much sweating, lack of lactic acid, lack of cholesterol etc.
2. Oily Skin:
This is a skin type that produces high amount of sebum. It is caused by genetics, stress, medication, hormonal changes etc.
3. Normal Skin:
Normal skin is neither too oily nor dry, it is a well balanced skin and it’s maintenance is super easy.
4. Combination Skin:
It is a combination of both oily and dry skin. Some areas are oily (high sebum production) while others are dry (low sebum production) or normal skin.
Steps on How to Know Your Skin Type
There are various easy steps you can use to identify your type of skin;
- Wash your face and dry it with your towel, after an hour, take tissue paper and dab it on your T-zone (your forehead and nose), if the tissue has oily residue then you have oily or combination skin.
- Look in the mirror and observe if your face has flaky or red patches. If it does, then you have a dry skin.
- Look at your pores in the mirror. Large pores indicate oily skin and tight pores indicate dry skin. If you have both large and small pores, it means you have combination skin.
- Another way to check is by pinching your skin. If it gets wrinkled after pinching, then it is dry or combination but if it doesn’t, then it is oily.
- Finally, if you are still unsure about your skin type, visit a dermatologist to run tests on your skin and give your a product prescription that will be best suited for you.
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