Each skin type has different maintenance needs. Your skin is the first thing everyone notices. Of course, it must be in tiptop shape. This guide tells you about the different skin types and how to find yours. We bring you a few sought-after skincare tips too.
What you should know about different skin types
You’ve probably heard that skin can have different types, but you probably don’t know about their characteristics. Also, you may not know that your skin type may change over time, depending on its level of moisture, oiliness, and sensitivity.
1. Normal skin
Everyone craves healthy skin, and those who have this skin type are the envy of others. Healthy skin has few imperfections. It’s not particularly sensitive to anything, and its pores aren’t visible. Those with this skin type have radiant complexions.
Skincare tip: Of course, looking after it isn’t difficult. A basic skincare regimen is usually enough to keep it in top form. A simple skincare routine will include a sunscreen with a broad spectrum. Avoid smoking, and stay hydrated. Moisturize your skin and wash it gently.
2. Oily Skin
Your skin is oily if it always looks as though it’s glowing. It will have enlarged pores and blackheads. Your complexion will be exceptionally thick. People develop oily skin when they are teenagers. Stress or excess heat causes it as well.
Skincare tip: If you have oily skin, wash it no more than twice a day. Be sure to do so after you sweat. Of course, avoid bursting your pimples because they need to leave a scar. Use non-comedogenic products (cleansers and soaps that don’t clog pores). These products are gentler than those for regular skin.
3. Dry skin
Dry skin has almost invisible pores. It will lack elasticity, seem scaly, and feel coarse. Dry skin usually worsens with cold weather. Also, the skin loses moisture as a person ages. The ingredients in shampoos, soaps may cause it to dry up as well. You may have dry skin if you are on long-term medication.
Skin Care Tip: Take shorter baths if this is your skin type. Use mild shampoos, soaps, and cleansers. Apply a rich moisturizer after your bath. Wear gloves when using cleaning agents and install a humidifier if possible.
4. Combination skin
As its name suggests, this skin type is a blend of the others. The skin on your chin may be dry while your nose may be oily. Your cheeks could have healthy skin.
The combination skin can have large pores. Like those with oily skin, yours may have blackheads and appear too shiny. Conversely, the dry parts of your skin may be patchy. They may also feel rough to the touch. There will also be other parts that are smooth and soft.
Skin Care Tip: Don’t use products that are harsh. Use warm water to rinse your face, then pat it dry instead of scrubbing it.
5. Sensitive skin
Do you always itch? You may have sensitive skin, triggered by a reaction to skincare products. If the sensitivity persists, do have a chat with your doctor.
Skin Care Tip: If you have sensitive skin, avoid using harsh products. Consult a dermatologist if necessary. Also, don’t wear makeup to bed.
How to find your skin type
So, how do you determine which type your skin is? Ask yourself four simple questions.
1. How does my skin feel?
Touch your skin. Healthy skin should feel balanced and even. Oily skin feels that way, while dry skin is unusually tight. Sensitive skin will feel dry, patchy, and may also sting when you rub it.
2. How do my pores look?
Then, have a look at your pores. Healthy skin usually has unnoticeable pores. Those with dry skin will have small pores that are too tight. If you have sensitive skin, the size of your pores may change depending on a reaction.
3. How does my skin feel after I cleanse it?
Your skin will feel clean and look bright if it’s normal. Oily skin feels clean after a deep cleanse, but only during that time. If your skin feels taut or dehydrated, it’s probably dry. Your skin is sensitive if it feels irritated if it itches after a cleanse.
4. How often do I use a moisturizer?
You won’t need to moisturize your skin if it’s healthy and normal. You have sensitive skin if you require moisturizer quite frequently, but it shouldn’t irritate you. If you have oily skin, you won’t need it at all. You’ll find yourself using moisturizer liberally if you have dry skin.
In all, it’s less of a task to take care of your skin if you know your skin type and develop an appropriate beauty regimen.