It could be a bit of a challenge or a really big one if you are still looking for the right products for your skin. Some times we believe a more expensive one would do the trick especially after spending a lot of money but it doesn’t work like that.
I would be sharing two basic steps that would help you identify your skin type, guide you in products shopping, and prevent breakouts. It is important that we understand the skin types first.
- Normal skin- A normal skin is not too oily and also not too dry, a radiant complexion, and is barely sensitive.
- Dry skin- This skin type is obvious with its natural dull complexion. It is less elastic and sweat pores are almost invisible.
- Oily skin- They appear dull or shiny with a thick complexion. Also, enlarged pores make them more obvious with a higher chance of blackheads and pimples.
- Combination skin- A lot of people have this type of skin, some areas may be oily and others dry. It has a shiny appearance with pores that look larger than normal.
- Sensitive skin- This may be caused by allergies or genetics. You might have sensitive skin if you notice frequent rashes and bumps, patches of dry, irritated skin, and some other reactions.
Getting to understand the skin types must have informed you to an extent of your skin type, but to clarify, these two steps would be useful.
- The Bare-Faced Technique
Apply a mild cleanser and wash your face thoroughly then dry gently. Do not apply any moisturizers, serums, cream or nay sort of treatment- Leave face bare for the next 30 minutes- 1 hour. Now, examine your cheeks, chin, forehead and nose for any shine.
If skin feels parched and tight- Dry skin (You should make a facial expression to confirm this). If the nose and forehead are shiny, your skin is most likely to be either normal or combination skin. And if the cheeks appear shiny too, you most likely have oily skin.
2. The Blotting Technique
This involves the use of blotting paper to differentiate the presence and saturation of oil on the face areas. After the 30 minutes- 1 hour of cleansing face, pat the blotting paper gently on the different areas of your face. Hold the sheet up to determine how much oil is visible in light.
If blotting paper picked up little to no oil- Dry skin.
If it reveals oil from the forehead and nose areas- Normal or Combination skin
If the blotting paper is saturated with oil- Oily skin.