An Introduction to Basic Skin Types
You’ve been told before that skin care is important. You may even have an idea of what a decent basic skincare routine looks like. The thing is, in order for your skincare routine to be as effective as possible, it needs to be catered to your specific skin type. So what is your skin type?
Dry skin can be caused by a multitude of factors. You could have dry skin because of the climate you live in, your lifestyle and diet, hormonal changes, or even simply your genetics. Dehydration can also play a part, which is a huge reason why it’s so important to make sure you drink plenty of water every day. Dry skin tends to feel tight throughout the day and is prone to flaking. To tell if you have dry skin, cleanse your face, dry it, and wait 30 minutes. If your skin feels tight or parched, especially when you smile or make faces, you likely have dry skin.
Oily skin can be caused by some of the same factors as dry skin. It tends to look younger and more supple, thanks to its natural moisture levels. The tradeoff is that excess oils can also leave your pores clogged and lead to acne breakouts. It’s also more prone to developing dark spots after a breakout. To tell if you have oily skin, cleanse your face, dry it, and wait 30 minutes. If the skin of your nose, cheeks, and forehead develop a shine, you likely have oily skin.
When someone has areas of their face showing characteristics of dry skin while others have the characteristics of oily skin, they are considered to have combination skin. Typically, such individuals’ T-zone is well moisturized, while their cheeks are prone to dryness. This can make proper skin care a little tricky since you’ll need to find a way to keep your skin balanced and moisturized without overdoing or undergoing it. To tell if you have combination skin, cleanse your face, dry it, and wait 30 minutes. If the skin of your nose and forehead has a noticeable shine, you likely have combination skin.
If you don’t know what your skin type is, do what it takes to figure it out. Doing so should be the first step to putting together a skincare routine. You don’t want to choose products designed for dry skin if you have oily skin–and using products for oily skin on dry skin is just a recipe for trouble. Make sure you know what your skin type is so you can give it the care it needs.
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