Just as all of us have different personalities and a unique identity, similarly, the largest organ in our body has its own unique ID.
A client once used everything she could lay her hands on, as she had no idea what kind of products would agree with her skin. Result? Her skin alternated between periods of horrific breakouts to dry lack luster anguish. Hence it’s crucial that you are aware what skin type you sport before deciding what kind of routine works best for you or what kind of products should you be investing in.
Most products come with an indication of what kind of skin type they are manufactured for. There is an ocean of great beauty products out there, and there is something for everyone. However, in order to know what will suit your skin best, you will need to know what kind of skin you have. You can either go to a skincare expert to get tested for skin type, or do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.
It’s easy to test your skin type. Follow these simple steps first thing in the morning, before you wash your face:
- Take a tissue paper and dab it over your face.
- Start with forehead, followed by your nose, cheeks and chin.
- Check after each dab and notice if there are any oil or greasy marks on the tissue.
- Wash your face with water and pat dry. Wait for 20 minutes. See how it feels. Tight? Normal? Smooth? Greasy?
You skin now can be broadly categorized into:
The tissue will not reflect any oily or greasy marks. Your skin will feel tight after the wash and make you want to reach for something greasy to make it less irritated and flaky. Dry skin needs constant moisturizing in order to remain supple and smooth, as it is unable to produce any natural oils of its own. The pores on the face are almost nonexistent and you hardly ever have any acne trouble. Dry skin tends to have rashes, especially in winter and in overly dry weather conditions.
Skin naturally dries out as it ages. It loses its moisture content and elasticity. It is feathered all over with fine lines and will have sagging at places. This kind of skin needs more care than normal.
The tissue will not reflect any changes in this kind of skin either. The difference here is that your face will neither be tight, nor will it feel irritated after the wash. It stays moist and smooth throughout the day with little or no help. There are almost no visible pores and it very rarely breaks out. Normal skin is a precious treasure only few people are blessed with. However, if not taken care of properly, it soon starts travelling south and starts feeling blotchy and dry.
Mixed Skin with T-Zone:
The tissue will have some oily blotches around the forehead, nose and chin area, forming a T. The cheeks will feel dry and papery after a wash, and you might experience a dry parched upper lip. You will notice large pores in and around the nose and chin. Mixed skin is marked by absence of visible pores in the cheeks. You might get breakouts in the oily areas.
The tissue will again not reflect any oily patches. The sensitive skin is distinguished by broken capillaries and vessels beneath the skin. This kind of skin does not have visible pores. The skin feels tender to touch and gets bruised easily. Sensitive skin normally does not get breakouts, but is sensitive to things like fragrance and can be prone to allergies, redness and itchiness.
Oily Skin type:
The tissue will have oily blotches all over. The skin is littered with enlarged pores. Oily skin faces maximum breakouts, especially through the adolescent years, and then continues well into the thirties. The excess sebum clogs the pores and causes extensive build of dried up oil and dead cells. It looks shiny, coarse and thick. Oily skin tends to age better than most other type of skin as it continues to produce more oil than most over the years.
Once you have determined what skin type you have, you can develop a routine and buy products customized for your skin type.