Jun 27

Do you know your skin type? To get ultimate results and make the right choice of skin care, you must know your skin type first.

Each of us is born with a unique skin type that cannot be changed over the years. Nevertheless, you can keep your skin healthier and more beautiful if you know how to treat it. So if you want to look your best, the first step is to identify your skin type. The sooner you determine your skin type, the better you can match it with the best recommended methods to treat your skin and make it look vibrant and smooth.

5 Skin Types

Basically, we can identify 5 basic skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. Each has their specific qualities and requires different types of care.

Normal skin

Normal skin is considered a very low maintenance skin type, usually elastic and supple. Normal skin types look clean and smooth, and don’t usually suffer from breakouts of redness.

Oily Skin

Try to wipe your face in the morning with a clean facial tissue right after you wake up. If the tissue reveals spots of facial oil on it, mostly on the cheeks, nose and forehead areas, then you have an oily skin type. Oily skin requires more care then normal skin. It tends to look greasy, coarse and shiny, with enlarged pores. Oily skin can suffer from breakouts and even acne. On the other hand, oily skin is not prone to much wrinkling. Therefore, the most important care for oily skin is cleansing, to eliminate excess oil and clear the pores. Also, if you have oily skin, avoid oil based creams and go for water based ones.

Dry Skin

Dry skin tends to feel flaky, dry and tight. Sometimes dry skin can feel irritated or tingly. One of the biggest concerns of dry skin is that it can easily develop wrinkles and fine lines. In order to keep dry skin healthy, apply moisturizing creams regularly, preferably day and night. Deep nourishing masks can be very helpful as well.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is usually very similar to dry skin, although it tends to become inflamed and irritated more easily. Sensitive skin tends to have reddened areas, and it is also prone to breakouts and spotting. This is a very fragile skin type that requires special care.  Make sure to use products that are made especially for sensitive skin, and use products that do not contain any harsh chemicals which can harm it.

Combined Skin

Interestingly enough, combination skin is the most common skin type of all. If you have a combined skin type, you probably have oily skin around your nose and forehead, and normal to dry skin around the cheeks. To treat combination skin, make sure to cleanse it thoroughly to avoid breakouts and extra shine on your T area (nose and forehead). Apply moisturizing creams on your cheeks and dry areas, to keep your skin looking fresh and relaxed.

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