Skin types for everyone differ from person to person. Some may have oily, some may have dry or some others may even have a combination of both. Knowing the skin type is essential to understand the skin regimen you need to follow.
How to identify your skin type:
- There are mainly seven important categories of skin types: Oily skin, Normal skin, dry skin, combination skin, sensitive skin, acne prone skin, pigment skin.
- To find which category you fall in depends, you need to take a tissue and wipe your face when you wake up in the morning. If the tissue is clean, you have normal to dry skin, but if it becomes stained or soiled with grease, you have normal to oily skin.
- To know if you can combine skin, use different tissues for different areas – wipe the forehead, nose and chin with one tissue, while using another one to wipe the cheeks, suggests beauty experts.
- There are also ways to check whether your skin is acne prone or not. After using skin care products, you should check if the skin is cracked or suddenly affected to identify the type of skin that is prone to acne. If so, your skin type may be at risk for acne.
- People with normal skin are lucky because their skin is balanced and has a soft, velvety texture. Dy skin, on the other hand, lacks both oil and moisture and tends to flake and chap easily. Washing with soap and chlorinated water removes the natural oils from the skin. People with dry skin should avoid soap and instead use a cleansing gel containing natural moisturisers like aloe vera. They should also use sunscreens and protective creams during the day.
- Similarly, if you have a skin rash after using skin care products, you can confirm that it is a ‘sensitive type’. If the color of your face changes with any slight tapping or beating, it can be confirmed as ‘pigment skin’.
Skin type may vary in conditions such as climate change and hormonal changes. Skincare products should only be used according to their skin type at any stage.