What’s My Skin Type

What’s My Skin Type?

Here’s how you can decode your exact skin type and improve the efficacy of your skincare products

Are you wondering why the expensive, viral products are not yielding the results they promised? It could be because you are mindlessly buying products without factoring in your skin type. When it comes to choosing products and curating an effective skincare regimen, you need to know your exact skin type to address the unique needs of your skin. But how can you determine your skin type? The one-size-fits-all method does not work for skincare. Therefore, I have created a thorough guide on how to identify your exact skin type, its distinct traits, and the kinds of skincare products that work best for you.

What are the different skin types?

Before we delve into identifying our skin type, it is crucial to learn about the different types of skin and their distinct characteristics.

Oily skin

Does your face look shiny and greasy, especially around the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin)? Chances are that you have an oily skin. This skin type is known to have a coarse texture and a lot of comedones or clogged open pores. An oily sheen isn’t the only problem people with this skin type face. If you have oily skin, you might have large, noticeable pores and also be more susceptible to acne breakouts due to overproduction of the sebaceous (oil-producing) glands, especially throughout adolescence. But don’t fret. There is some good news as well. People with oily skin age slowly compared to other skin types because the oils keep the skin soft and supple. As a result, you are less likely to get lines and wrinkles early in life. I recommend using oil-free, non-comedogenic products that won’t clog your pores to maintain the health of your oily skin.

Dry skin

If you have dry skin, you might experience tightness and flakiness, especially after washing your face. Moreover, when your skin is dry, you are more likely to experience redness and irritation. This is because dry skin is more sensitive due to the lack of sebum and natural oils. If you have this type of skin, you need to take your anti-ageing skincare routine seriously. Although you don’t have to worry about a greasy look on a daily basis, dry skin ages faster, develops wrinkles and fine lines earlier, and creates a host of other skin issues that can make you look older than you actually are. I recommend reaching out for moisturising products that contain hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin to get a healthy, radiant complexion.

Combination skin

As the name suggests, this skin type is a combination of oily and dry skin. The distinctive feature of combination skin is an oily T-zone with normal to dry skin elsewhere on the face. Characteristics of this skin type include medium-sized pores, a smooth texture, and adequate blood flow. Keeping this skin type healthy and happy is a bit challenging because you need to apply different products on different areas of your face. If you have oily skin, it’s best to avoid using any product that contains oil. Instead of harsh, drying cleansers and moisturisers, I recommend using gentle, non-drying products that won’t strip off the natural skin.

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