If you want your skin to look its best, it’s important to use the right products and that means knowing your skin type. Is it normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination? Like most things in life, though, it’ not quite so cut and dry so use these categories as guideline because skin can change with age, the seasons and according to various circumstances like stress, diet and sun exposure. But once you know and understand your skin you can find a routine and the right products to suit you- it’s like having a made to measure suit, you will get a better fit with your skincare. Here’s how to identify the most common skin types. Repeat the test four times a year.
Cleanse your face thoroughly, and then wait for around 30 -60minutes before putting anything else on your skin. How does it feel?
*If it feels comfortable, glowing with no sensitivity and barely visible pores, count yourself lucky you’re a normal type with skin that has a good balance and the right amounts of water and lipids.
*If your skin feels tight or flaky, your complexion is dry. Dry skin also has more visible lines; red patches and can look dull.
*If you're oily only across the forehead, down the nose, and on the chin, you've got combination skin. A combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas, and oily in others, such as the T-zone. You may also have over dilated pores and blackheads.
*If you need to blot your whole face with a tissue, you’re oily. Oily skin is more common in younger men and you will most probably also have enlarged pores and suffer from blemishes.
*If your face feels irritated or slightly itchy, you most probably have sensitive skin. Sensitive skin can also look red, dry and itchy.