Knowing your skin type is extremely important. If you don’t, you risk using the wrong products and might end up not helping you skin at all. Each skin type needs different products and ingredients and comes with its own unique problems.
Finding your skin type won’t require a trip to the doctor. It’s actually pretty easy. However, when determining your skin type, you have to be careful. Of course, if you do a harsh triple cleanse followed by no moisturizer you skin will feel is dry as a rock and just about as soft, but you may actually have an oily skin type.
Ideally, pick a day where you don’t leave your house all day. Don’t apply any products to your face, no makeup, no skin care routine. (That’s why I’d pick a stay-at-home day. I want my face to look great every time I leave the house!)
How does your face feel in the afternoon without any products applied? Often, our skin might only be oily or dry because of a product we use that isn’t great for our skin. That’s why it’s best to figure out your skin type when you don’t use any products.
Depending on your skin type, you will also have different symptoms and problems. If you recognize them as described below AND your skin feels and looks as described, it’s pretty certain that you have found your skin type. If you have the symptoms of oily skin but your skin feels very dry, you might have combination skin, or it’s still the aftermath of products destroying your skin’s moisture. If one day isn’t enough to get your skin to be its natural self, try using as few products as possible for a few days, and only very light and gentle ones. After that, your skin should be in its natural state.
Normal Skin Type
If you’re one of those people with normal skin, lucky you. A lot of people, including me, are jealous of you. Make sure to be extra nice to your skin for being so awesome.
Normal skin isn’t too oily or dry. You don’t suffer from huge pores, you have an even skin tone and your face doesn’t have that oily shininess. Overall, your skin is quite balanced. Of course, on some days, your skin will feel oily or dry, but not as extreme as other skin types.
Note: I go more into details on how to take care of each skin type in my book, Skincare on a Budget! Check it out if you want to know more.
Dry Skin Type
If you have dry skin, your skin will usually feel, well, dry. What a surprise. You skin may be flaky and feel tight and is irritated easily. Your pores are quite small and depending on your age, you might even struggle with premature wrinkles.
Dry skin can be a real pain in the ass. Unlike other skin types, it’s not just that it doesn’t look as pretty, it usually also doesn’t feel good. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Oily Skin Type
Oily skin, just like dry skin, is very appropriately named. Your skin usually feels oily, looks shiny, and you are prone to acne breakouts. Your pores are unusually large, and your makeup might come off easily throughout a day.
If you have oily skin like me, we have at least one advantage to be happy about: oily skin doesn’t wrinkle as easily and looks younger than other skin types when we age. High-five for looking like thirty in our forties!
Similar to the misconception of using water to help dry skin, drying products do not help with oily skin! It’s the opposite, actually.
Combination skin can be a bit of a bitch sometimes. Your skin is both dry and oily at the same time. Not necessarily in the same areas, but you struggle with the problems of both skin types all at once.
Usually, the T-zone (around the nose and your forehead) is oily and the other parts of your face are dry. It’s often hard to properly take care of your skin if it isn’t simply oily or dry, but a combination of both. If you are unsure whether you have oily or dry skin, and using products for either aren’t really working, you might have combination skin.
Sensitive skin isn’t directly a skin type like the others, as any skin type can also be sensitive. Similar to dry skin, sensitive skin irritates easily, and might react strongly to all kinds of products and ingredients with redness, irritation or even rashes.
However, if you experience these symptoms, make sure that they aren’t caused by a product that your skin simply doesn’t like. You might have an allergic reaction or a bad reaction to one of the products you are using. If you feel like most products are causing irritation, redness, or other bad reactions, then you might actually have sensitive skin.
Want to know more about each skin type, how to take care of it and what products to get to quickly get rid of your issues and get balanced, clean skin? I help you achieve all of that in my new book, Skincare on a Budget! If you don’t have a lot of time or money, but still want nice skin, this book is for you.