Understanding your skin type is essential to providing targeted action to help your skin look and feel its best. Normal, dry, oily, or combination … each skin is unique and comes with its own challenges.
Read on to find out how to know your skin type, and how to choose tailored skincare products for your skin types’ needs.
SKIN TYPE TEST
The best way to determine your skin type is to do a skin type test.
BLOTTING PAPER SKIN TYPE TEST
Blotting sheets absorb oil and, when pressed against the skin, help to indicate your skin type. Ensure to blot on makeup-free skin that was cleansed several hours before.
Step 1: Gently pat a piece of blotting paper onto the t-zone, cheeks and chin, using a new sheet for each area.
Step 2: Hold the blotting paper up to the light.
Step 3: Observe the amount of visible oil on each sheet of paper.
If there is minimal oil on all pieces of the blotting paper, it’s likely you have dry skin. If there is oil from the T-zone section but not elsewhere, then you have normal or combination skin. If all sheets have visible oil, you have oily skin.
THE BARE FACE SKIN TYPE TEST
The bare face method requires you to observe the state of your natural skin when cleansed and product free.
Step 1: Cleanse the face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser, like Filorga Age-Purifying Cleansing Gel.
Step 2: Gently pat the skin dry with a clean towel.
Step 3: Remain bare faced, and don’t apply serums, creams or treatments.
Step 4: After 30 minutes, analyse how the skin feels. Is there is any oil, redness, shine, or dry patches?
If the skin feels tight or uncomfortable, especially when smiling, this indicates a dry skin type. If there is oiliness or shine solely in the T-zone, that is combination skin. If you are shiny on all areas, you likely have oily skin.
THE 4 MAIN SKIN TYPES
Skin types are determined by genetics, environmental stressors, hormones, and lifestyle habits. They all have common characteristics but require different key ingredients to maintain a healthy-looking appearance.
From tightness and flakiness to redness and itching, dry skin needs special attention. Deficient in lipids, dry skin tends to become dehydrated due to a porous protective barrier that encourages evaporation. It’s typically caused by genetics, over washing, cold weather, or sun damage.
SKINCARE FOR DRY SKIN
The best skincare products for dry skin are gentle. Skincare routines for dry skin need to be infused with hydrating and protecting products that deeply moisturise the skin, while helping to repair the skin barrier. Beneficial ingredients include hyaluronic acid, shear butter, ceramides, and glycerin.