How to know what kind of skin you have

It is absolutely essential that you know your skin type before you start trying to put any products on there. There is a reason that there are thousands of products are on the market, and it’s not just because they’re trying to make money, but because companies need to cater to all kinds of skin types. You need to make sure that you’re putting the right products on your skin, otherwise you could unwittingly be damaging it more than you realize. So, how do you find out what kind of skin you have?

The blotting sheet

This method is relatively simple, but it works a treat. All you need is some blotting paper, and you have all the tools you need to check what type of skin you have. What you do is blot the sheet gently onto your face and in various areas. You will need to check places like your T-zone, which is situated from your nose up to your forehead. Check your cheeks, and anywhere else you may feel needs checking. Quite simply, if the blotting paper is totally dry, then you may have dry skin. If the paper is saturated with oils, then you likely have oily skin, and if there’s a mixture of the two, then you will probably have somewhere between normal and combination skin.

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Going bare-faced

There is another method, and it involves using product, but there is a clear guide to how your skin should feel., you should make sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin, making sure you’re using a very mild cleanser. You will then need to wait for half an hour; once the time has elapsed, you should check whether your skin has a shine to it. Wait another half an hour, making an entire hour in total, and check for the following possible outcomes. If your face is shiny on your nose and T-Zone, then you probably have normal or combination skin. If your face is feeling rather tight, then you likely have dry skin. Finally, if you have a very oily and shiny face, then you will have oily skin.

How to tackle normal and combination skin

If you have combination skin, you should have the least problems of the three skin types. It’s less likely you need to supplement anything. However, if you make sure to clean your T-Zone, check for any oily bits and moisturize anything that seems too dry, then you’re onto a winner. Don’t overdo any cleaning.

Dry skin

You will need to take the time to discover what your skin reacts positively to. There’s a chance you could have sensitive skin, which may require some specific products to help keep it under control. Patch test any new products you buy on your arm before using it. Drink plenty of water to combat the dry spots from the inside and help it along by using non-abrasive materials and moisturizing with a good brand.

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Oily skin

Oil is good for your skin, so you don’t want to overdo it completely. You want a light enzyme exfoliator for your skin to help keep it under control. Thankfully, there’s not a lot to it depending on whether you suffer from breakouts, at which point you will need to consult a professional.

It’s important to know what kind of skin you have, that way you can efficiently and effectively take care of yourself.

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