Your skin type is influenced by genetics. You cannot change it, but you can form a cohesive and effective skincare routine to reveal healthy and beautiful skin.
Identifying your skin type is the first step in forming a skincare routine. It will allow you to see better results and will ultimately save you time and money wasted on products that you don’t need.
Skin type isn’t fixed and can change throughout your life. For example, teenagers tend to have oiler and more acne-prone skin in response to the hormones produced during puberty. As you get older, your skin generally becomes drier and more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Therefore it is important to adapt your skincare routine based on any changes that may occur.
How do I find my skin type?
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
- Do not apply any products after washing your face and leave it that way for about 2-3 hours.
- Examine your skin in a mirror. How does it feel? Most people will have a skin type that falls in to one of the following categories.
Your skin lacks moisture, feels tight and looks dull. You are more prone to fine lines and wrinkles, and skin can be rough and flaky. Moisturiser is usually absorbed quickly and skin will appear dry again after a few hours.
Your skin is well balanced – not too dry, not too oily. It looks smooth and feels comfortable throughout the day. You rarely suffer with blemishes, and your skin tends to respond well to most skincare products.
Your skin tends to feel oily on your t-zone and dry on other areas of your face. You often have to be careful with the products you apply to your face as they tend to exacerbate either the dry or the oily sections.
Oily and Acne-Prone
Your skin is shiny and oily, especially in your t-zone where you tend to have more oil glands. Your pores are large and this makes them more likely to get blocked, causing acne. Blotting your face with tissue and holding it up to the light reveals oily patches on the paper.
Your skin can be easily aggravated by many different things (products, environment, etc.) This often results in it becoming red, sore and irritated.