Hey everyone how have you been? Do you want to know what your skin type is and how you can tame it well then that’s the whole reason I decided to create this article on what are all the different skin types, continue on and hopefully you’ll find the answer.
There are 3 main types of skin, oily, dry and combination. Knowing them or shall I say more specifically learning your skin type is important.
You want to know why it’s essential, well for a start it’ll help you learn what products such as moisturiser and other facial products you should use and you’ll see the benefits of using correct ones on your unique face as it can create a radiant and beautiful look(not that you aren’t).
Who doesn’t want that? EY! Especially to those poor people confused in why their skin is not producing the flawless finish after various products used.
Below are a few steps which should help you determine your skin type. Good luck!
Firstly remove all your makeup if your wearing any using a cleanser. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry with a towel gently, make sure not to rub hard as it can cause irritation.
Wait between 30 minutes to an hour.
Next get either a tissue or blotting paper(better option) and pat it on different parts of your face.
Then have a look at the tissue or paper and see if there are any skin joking oil on it.
If you can see a lot of oil on the paper or tissue then you have oily skin. You have combination skin if you collected oil from the t-zone area which is the forehead and nose, whereas if you have no oil then it’s more likely dry skin.
Do continue reading to find out more information about each skin type along with how to manage and look after them.
Shall we begin?
- Skin feels tight, brittle and appears to lack elasticity
- Rough texture
- Dull appearing complexion
- Flakiness or itchiness may occur
- Irritation and redness are likely
Let’s start with dry skin. You have dry skin if your skin often feels tight and has a flaky look to it sometimes. Pores are also generally not so visible. The face tends to look red in places. Do you know what makes the skin dry? It’s less oil production but don’t worry you could fix that.
A dry skin is usually easier to look after than an oily or combination skin, you’ll understand once you get to the information for that particular skin type as they require more cleaning (don’t get scared peeps).
There are a lot of factors which can cause dry skin or worsen it such as prolonged sun exposure or sometimes even a little exposure, using exfoliaters that contain harsh ingredients like sulfates, not drinking enough water and hot showers.
What can I do to help?
To help your dry skin become radiant firstly especially to those who don’t drink water, you must drink plenty as it will help the skin tremendously. Once you have got that ticked you should then try to use exfoliaters that are gentle and don’t contain too many fragrances, as it can irritate the skin. Poor skin.
Dry skin requires a lot of nourishment, so keeping it hydrated by using moisturisers will give it relief. Don’t forget sunscreen! To add on, try not to use really hot water as it cracks the skin even more.
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- Shiny appearance
- Breakouts often
- Visible and enlarged pores
- Blotting paper appearing oily
Hello oily skin peeps! Also known as rich skin. People with oily skin have a shiny look on their face due to the excess oil being produced, quite the opposite of dry skin. With this type of skin, pores are possibly enlarged and the skin is prone to blackheads and spots. However, don’t be upset as oily skin ages well and doesn’t wrinkle a lot. Oily or rich skin may also appear yellowish.
This complexion can be down to genetics or hormonal changes. Sometimes stress and some medication can trigger the excess production of sebum. Yikes!
I need help!
Right now it’s time to give you oily skinned girls and guys some help, so listen carefully. Most importantly what should be noted is that you should still hydrate your skin but try not to use oil based mositurisers or heavy creams as you already have enough of the oil.
As you peeps are prone to spots using facial products containing ingredients such as salicylic acid or glycolic in these areas will help but make sure to test on a small area first as skin irritation can occur for some.
Washing your face with a facial cleanser that’s gentle can also help with oily skin. You should wash your face once in the morning and once just before bed or in other words at least twice a day with a gentle product. Try not to use a rough cloth as it can create more oil due to the stimulation and I’m sure we don’t want that.
To add on, using blotting paper can be a quick solution to give a shine free skin. They are designed to absorb the oil.
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- Oily t-zones
- Normal or either dry skin
- Large pores on oily area
- Blackheads and whiteheads
Last but not least is combination skin. This complexion is when some parts of your skin is dry and others oily.
You’d usually have a dry cheek area and oily in the t-zone which is the forehead, nose and sometimes chin. Often it’s mistaken for oily skin.
Did you know combination skin type is the most common.
Anyways factors which can worsen oily areas or dry areas are the same mentioned in the previous paragraphs such as using harsh chemical treatments can cause the skin to become even more flaky and irritated whereas using heavy creams and scrubbing hard can encourage production of sebum.
My skin needs me!
Now for the more relieving part. As combination skin involves two types you should treat it like two different skin types.
For example, you shouldn’t over nourish the t-zone, but also not forget to nourish dry areas like cheeks.
If you’re stuck with how to moisturise your face don’t fret, the solution is get two different moisturisers.
A heavy more hydrating cream on your dry areas like cheeks whereas for the oilier areas like the t-zone you should try moisturisers or other skin care products that are oil free and light on the skin.
Avoid products with harsh chemicals, by trying to go for fragrance free cleansers and facial products you can help your skin a lot.
When exfoliating you should be gentle and not forget to do it daily as it will clean away those dead cells in the dry areas whilst also unclogging pores and clearing them. You got that peeps!
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Type or condition?
Those are the main skin types however some people would categorize sensitive skin as a type whereas others like me may put it under a skin condition. You can have a sensitive skin whether you have oily, dry or combination complexion.
Someone with sensitive skin are prone and show signs such as redness, itchy or rashes, burning and dryness. Usually skin sensitivity are triggered for various reasons including some skin care products or allergies. When choosing products you should always be careful by testing on small areas first.
Another big help is by reading ingredients and staying away from produce with harsh chemicals like Parabens. Looking out for specially made sensitive products is also great.
Thankyou for reading and hope you enjoyed it or at least learnt something new to help you. If you have any suggestions or questions please feel free to drop them in the comment section.
Have a great day or night!
My skin is generally oily. What you said is true. I have very few wrinkles and the oil is always there in full view. Based on your account, I think I need to drink more. There are times when my skin feels so dry and uncomfortable, but I know I have oily skin. I also have to be gentle with exfoliation because it tends to be a bit sensitive after doing a treatment. Every now and then it is good to asses what my skin is like, because it has changed somewhat over the years. Thanks for the information.
Hey JJ your welcome!
And that’s correct, drinking more water is definitely a step to take to help dryness, having a mixture of skin types is always tricky to first identify and then looking for products to match but thankfully a little research can always find a solution right?!