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How To Find Your Skin Type

How To Find Your Skin Type

It is essential to identify your skin type so that you can invest in skincare and beauty products designed specifically for your skin. There are 4 primary skin types – Normal, Oily, Dry, and Combination. If you are unsure of your skin type, follow the steps below.


Wash Your Face And Wait

An excellent place to begin is by washing your face with a gentle cleanser designed for the sensitive skin on your face. Instead of applying moisturiser and makeup, as usual, wait for two hours in room temperature. After two hours, your skin will return to its natural state – which is required to accurately determine your skin type.

Now you’re in a position to consider whether your skin is:


Normal Skin

Normal skin is neither oily or flaky. This is the skin that everyone dreams of, so consider yourself lucky. The best type of skin care products for normal skin is lightweight because you are unlikely to have many imperfections to cover up. What all skin types have in common, is that you may require a heavier moisturiser during the winter months, but generally speaking, normal skin only requires a lightweight moisturiser.


Oily Skin

Oily skin not only looks shiny but is slick to the touch. You are likely to be more prone to acne if you have oily skin, meaning that you should look for makeup products without additional oil. Keep in mind that oily skin can still be dry skin, so do not skip your daily moisturiser.

Applying a primer under moisturiser and makeup may help to keep oil at bay, as well as even out any imperfections. Avoid heavy powders, and opt for a translucent powder. Use blotting sheets to control oil during the day.


Dry Skin

If your skin is flaky – or not flaky but feels tight – then you have dry skin. This means that you want to use a moisturiser that is on the thicker side and may even want to use both a hydrating serum and moisturiser. Creamy and lightweight makeup will work best for your skin, and you may need to reapply moisture during the day – especially during the winter months. Avoid the temptation to over exfoliate in an attempt to remove flakes, as this will further irritate your already dry skin.


Combination Skin

If your skin is oily in some spots, dry or tight in some spots, and seemingly perfect in others, then you have combination skin. This means that you may need to apply different types of products, to the different areas of your skin. For example, if you are oily in your T-zone (your forehead and nose), gel makeup may be best for your T-zone. You may also require a different moisturiser for the dryer areas of your skin. Primer is also an excellent way to help combination skin appear even and smooth.


Additional Considerations

Keep in mind that regardless of your skin type, that you must cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser and use a makeup and/or a daily moisturiser with SPF (sun protection factor). Also remember that regardless of your skin type, that you may struggle with other skin conditions such as acne, eczema, uneven skin tone, or scarring.

Additionally, you can always turn to a handmade natural soap, made with the correct combination of natural ingredients and designed to address any of your additional skin conditions.


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