Skin is basically of three types i .e normal,dry and oily. But there are sub types like combination skin and sensitive skin.
How to determine your skin type :
- Wash your face with a mild face wash and pat dry.
- After 2-3 hours dab a tissue on your face concentrating more on the T zone i.e your forehead,nose and chin.
- Check the tissue and see the following
If the tissue has no trace of oil and your skin feels stretchy,you have dry skin.
If the tissue has traces of oil all over and your skin tends to shine,you have oily skin
If the tissue has no trace of oil and you are comfortable in your skin,you have normal skin.
Now some ppl see traces of oil in some part of the tissue and nothing on the rest,they probably have combination skin which is the most common type. Combination can be oily-normal or oily-dry with oily skin generally on the T zone.
Some people have sensitive skin which reacts easily to some ingredients in the products or some cosmetics. They have to take care of their skin the most. They cannot experiment with products and should stick to natural remedies which suit them well.
Features of different skin types :
Dry skin- It is unable to retain the right amount of moisture. It always appears parched and papery and feels tight and stretchy. One benefit is that this type is less prone to acne but it also gets easily chapped especially in a cold weather. Skin often flakes and it requires frequent moisturisation and a good night cream too. Dry skin if not properly cared for would be more prone to premature fine lines and wrinkles.
Oily skin- This type has over production of sebum by sebaceous glands of the skin. It is excessively oily and greasy and attracts more dirt and dust than the dry skin leading to pimples,blackheads,whiteheads,etc. And thats why the pores should be kept clean by following the cleansing method properly. Washing face with water to keep oil at bay would be recommended but plain water as excessive use of face wash harms the moisture content of the skin. Oily skinned people age more gradually than dry skinned.
Normal skin- This is the best type possible. It has a perfect balance of oil and moisture and there are no dry flakes. The skin is smooth and soft in appearance. But due care should be taken to maintain the suppleness of the skin.
Combination skin- Here some areas like the cheeks have dry skin and some areas like the T zone have oily skin. Both these areas should be cared for according to their types. But now many products are coming out in the market which are especially made for combination skin like the Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture for combination skin.
Sensitive skin- This type of skin gets irritated very quickly and reacts to certain chemicals or strong scents in some cosmetic products. Even waxing,bleaching,tweezing,etc affects the skin and gives rashes.People with such skin should avoid chemicals and stick to natural products.
I would cover skin care and few tried and tested at home remedies in other post.
I have a combination skin which is normal-oily in summers and normal-dry in winters. And my skin is also sensitive to certain things especially waxing,threading,etc..so I need to take proper care of the skin for it not to react.
What type of skin do you have ??
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