While a lot of emphases is put on finding the right makeup products unfortunately not much is given to skin care. If you don’t take proper care of your skin, no amount of makeup can help you achieve your desired look. There is a big misconception out there that skin care is only for older women which is not at all true. In fact, the younger you start the more beneficial it'll be in the future. The first and most important step in taking care of your skin is determining your skin type. Even if you have a proper skin care routine, it will all be worthless if the products are too harsh or too mild on your skin. Didn’t follow? Well, let us elaborate. If you have oily skin and you use a heavy moisturizer, it will leave your skin greasy which will, in turn, lead to blocked pores and cause acne. If you have dry skin you cannot use water-based creams and just cause you have normal skin doesn’t mean you don’t need to use any products at all. Everyone’s skin is unique, so what works for someone else might not work for you. It’s important to learn your skin type and the nourishment in need, only then can you get a healthier radiant complexion.
It’s not hard to figure out if you have dry skin. Most people with this skin type suffer from noticeable flaking and their skin can also feel tight throughout the day. Dry skin can be due to genetics, climate, environment, diet and even hormonal changes.
Those with this skin type should opt for heavier moisturizers and creams to restore lost oils and keep the skin hydrated.
Even though normal skin is a well-balanced combination of oily and dry skin, people with normal skin can still suffer from skin issues if they don’t take care of it. Those with normal skin usually experience dryness on their cheeks which can lead to acne and skin irritation.
Applying a product which has a good oil balance once a day is enough to keep your skin moisturized.
While everyone has a bit of oil in their skin, there are a few who have too much oil. When your T-Zone is extremely oily and emits a lot of shine, feels greasy and you go through many blotting papers a day then you suffer from oily skin. Breakouts are very common for those who suffer from oily skin since the oil gets mixed with dead skin and clogs the pores. Genetics, environment and lifestyle are to be blamed for oily skin.
For those with this skin type, it’s better to use lightweight moisturizers or water-based products.
Start by washing your face with a mild face wash. Once done pat it dry and don’t apply any product. Leave it bare for about 30 minutes and then start your skin test. If your skin feels parched or tight when you smile it’s most likely that you have dry skin. If you notice a slight shine on your nose and forehead then your skin type is most likely to be normal and if there is a lot of shine on your nose, forehead and cheeks you might have oily skin.
If you don’t have time for the bare face test, you can always try the blotting method which is faster and easier. Just take your blotting paper and gently pat in on different areas of your face and then check the sheet to see how oily it is. If the sheet has no oil, then you have dry skin and if it is soaked in oil then you most likely have oily skin and if it has a bit then you most likely have a normal skin type.