How to find your skin type
Before you decide how to treat your skin, it’s essential to know its strengths and weaknesses, then choose products and treatments accordingly.
There are a few common skin types that may help you build your daily skin care routine
Normal skin has medium-size pores, looks clear, with even color, feels soft and bouncy to the touch; isn’t tight or greasy, doesn’t feel uncomfortable or irritated.
Isn’t essentially prone to blackheads or spot.
has fine pores, feels flaky or rough, sometimes with red patches; feels tight and sometimes irritated after washing, especially if you have used soaps or been in a dry atmosphere for sometime; fine lines develop early around the eye area.
The only difference between this and normal skin is that combination skin, which is the majority of woman are thought to have, has an oiler T-zone and may be prone to breakouts there , cheeks tend to be normal , possibly a little on the dry side , especially in winter.
Has large pores and shiny skin, skin tends to be thicker, with rough, irregular texture and coloring; is prone to blackheads and spot; is very common in teenagers and young adults, rare after the age of 35.
*Testing skin type
Most people know, what their skin type is, but if you don’t, ask a skin care consultant at any pharmacy,or try this simple test:
- remove the makeup and rinse your face with water, pat it dry with a clean towel and leave it for 1 hour.
- place a single layer of white tissue (peel apart a tissue and it will give you two or three thin layers) over your face and press it over the surface, pushing it over the corners and crevices.
- leave it for a few minutes, then lift off and inspect the result.
- oily skin: the tissue will stick to sebum, pick up oily spots and become translucent.
- Normal/Combination skin: it will stick only to your T-zone
- Dry/very Dry skin: the paper won’t stick to any area of your face as you have very little sebum.