What’s Your Skin Type?

The first step to really caring for our skin (before even choosing the right product), is to know our skin type. There are 5 skin types existing to date and are classified based on the water and oil balance of our skin as well as its reactions to certain variables.

Ready to find out what your skin type is? Read on and discover.

1. Dry skin

Dry skin is caused by the lack of moisture in our skin. Its appearance is flaky and dull due to the lack of hydration. If your skin is guilty of these symptoms, then always remind yourself that it’s all about moisture. Find products that offer a humectant, emollient or occlusive ingredients that lock the moisture in. Instead of going for a moisturizing lotion (which is also fine), go for a thicker cream moisturizer that provides moisture better. And never forget no matter how cliché it may sound — ALWAYS drink loads of water to help replenish it moisture from within.

2. Normal skin

In extremely lucky cases, you can have normal skin meaning it’s neither dry nor oily. You possess a balance of oil and water that makes the skin appear very healthy and dewy to the right amount. Maintenance is key at this point. Make sure to cleanse well and use skincare products sufficiently as well for extra natural glow that we all want.

3. Oily skin

If the skin appears shiny, sticky and humid to touch and is prone to breakouts, that’s oily skin. The most oily part of the skin is the T-zone comprising of your forehead going down to your nose. Find products that are non-comedogenic and guarantees no breakouts. Stock up on those with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or tea tree oil which are all very effective against acne. Although your skin is oily, you still need moisturizer but choose a lighter formulated one with less oil and more water.

4. Combination skin

It’s a combination of oily, dry and normal skin. Usually the T-zone would be oily while the other parts of the skin could be normal or dry. It’s better to find a product specific for combination skin. Another alternative is to use different products for certain areas. Although tedious as it may sound, it can help balance out your complexion and even out your face’s aura.

5. Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin easily reacts to substances. The skin may appear red, patchy, and inflamed. The most important step is to find what aggravates your skin first. Once that is known, the specific substance should be avoided. Other than that, just care for your skin as others would.

With that said, get to know your skin, research for products that suit your type and finally take care of your beautiful skin the way it should be taken care of.

Confidence is sometimes associated with clear and beautiful skin. And to have that, we have to find and use the right products that suit or skin best. A lot of environmental, genetic and diet factors influence our skin condition.

What’s your skin type? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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