How To Know Your Skin Type

Written by Indrani Karmakar  • 

It’s a no-brainer that different skin types need different kinds of skin care treatments. Knowing your skin type and caring for it accordingly is essential to keep your skin looking fresh and radiant. However, if you are not sure about how to determine your skin type, we are here to help. Here in this article, we have shared some tricks on knowing your skin type and how to nurture it the right way. Read on to know it all!

1. Normal Skin

Normal Skin
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If you glance into the mirror and notice that your skin is smooth and firm but supple, with healthy blood flow, tiny pores, and a healthy pink tone, you probably have what’s considered “normal” skin type. Always keeping it well-hydrated and shielded will ensure its continued good health.

How To Care For Normal Skin:

To keep your skin supple, use a moisturizer made for regular skin. Always use light massage strokes when applying the face cream to increase blood flow. Exfoliating the skin once or twice weekly and using mild cleaning products to remove dead cells and any potential contaminants are recommended.

2. Dry Skin

Dry Skin
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Dry skin can be identified by the presence of rough and flaky patches. The lack of hydration and healthy fats is usually to blame. This skin type is typically dry, tight, and irritating, especially in arid conditions. This is why it is vulnerable to environmental factors like temperature and wind.

How To Care For Dry Skin

You can calm and moisturize your skin by using products that include natural oils. Use a sunscreen-infused moisturizing day cream every day. Eating well and staying hydrated (with at least two liters of water each day) are great ways to take care of your skin.

3. Oily Skin

Oily Skin
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You have oily skin if your face tends to seem glossy and naturally generates more sebum than otherwise. This skin type is characterized by large, visible pores, which could eventually get clogged with grime and dirt causing acne.

How To Care For Oily Skin

Use an astringent and an antibacterial cleanser twice a day. Instead of using extremely hot or cold water, use water that is just slightly warmer than room temperature while doing your regular cleansing. Use skincare and makeup products that aren’t comedogenic.

4. Combination Skin

Combination Skin
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You have combination skin if you have specific areas of normal or dry skin on your cheeks and neck and other areas like the “T” zone, which includes your forehead, nose, & chin, that is glossy and has pimples or blackheads, just like oily skin.

How To Care For Combination Skin

It is recommended that those with mixed skin use cosmetics for their skin type. Before using any cosmetics or skin care items on your face, make sure your skin is spotless. For washing your face, choose neither hot nor cold water. Use a mixed skin moisturizer consistently.

5. Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin
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You might have sensitive skin if even minor irritation causes your face to feel tight, red, & itchy, as though someone was constantly pulling at your skin. In addition, this skin type is more vulnerable to environmental aggressors, including wind, cold, and sunlight.

How To Care For Sensitive Skin

After washing your face, pat it dry instead of rubbing it with a towel. Make use of barrier cream to ward against the effects of pollution and other environmental hazards. Keep your skin from reacting to scented skin products. Also, avoid eating anything too hot or spicy.

How To Know Your Skin Type?

How To Know Your Skin Type
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Discover your skin type with this effortless at-home test. Simply observe your skin after washing your face. As we’ve already discussed, you should start by cleansing your skin with a mild cleanser and then patting it dry. After thirty minutes, if your skin is still glossy, you probably have oily skin. If it’s tight and flaky, it’s dry skin. Your skin may be a combination if it’s just oily in some areas, such as the “T” zone (your nose, forehead, and chin).

Knowing your skin type can help you properly attend to your skin. You can invest in the right products and skin care after knowing exactly what your skin needs. For example, dry skin needs frequent moisturization. Make sure you use a good moisturizer and never go to bed without coating your skin. Likewise, oily skin needs to be cleansed frequently. You can also steam your face once a day to open your pores and let the dirt and grime escape before they cause pimples. Make sure you use sunscreen every day to shield your skin from the sun whenever you step out of your house. So, what is your secret to maintaining glowing skin? Let us know in the comments section!

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