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Know Your Skin: How To Determine Your Skin Type In Two Easy Steps

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While a lot of emphasis is put on finding the right makeup products, unfortunately not enough attention is given to skincare. 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 that skincare is only for older women, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, the earlier you start, the better skin you'll have as you age. The first and most important step when it comes to taking care of your skin is determining your skin type. Even if you have a proper skincare routine in place, it will be worthless if the products are too harsh or too mild for your skin.

Didn’t follow? Let us elaborate.

If you have oily skin and use a heavy moisturizer, it will leave your skin greasy, which will lead to blocked pores and cause acne. If you have dry skin, water-based creams will do nothing for your skin. And lastly, just cause you have normal skin it 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 you need, and only then can you get a healthy, radiant complexion.

Skin Types

Dry Skin


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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.

Normal Skin


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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.

Oily Skin


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While everyone's skin naturally produces oil, some of us have oil glands that work overtime. 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 it's safe to say that you suffer from oily skin. Breakouts are very common for those with this skin type since the excess oil can clog 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.

Still confused about your skin type? We’ve got two easy methods that will help you figure it out.

Bare Face Method

Start by washing your face with a mild face wash. 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 you have normal skin, and if there is a lot of shine on your nose, forehead and cheeks, then you might have oily skin.

Blotting test

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 some blotting paper and gently pat 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. If it has a bit then you most likely have a normal skin type. 

So did we help you figure out your skin type? we hope so!

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