Are you one of those individuals who take your skincare seriously? Did you “bake” your skin in the sun without UV protection most of your young life? Did you have this sudden revelation during midlife crisis to fight the battle against wrinkles? Time marches on and so do the lines on our face, but one thing is abundantly clear, it is important that you know what your skin type is in order to provide your skin with the proper skincare.
There are 5 basic types of skin: Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination and Sensitive. Each of these types has special needs and requires different cares and treatments. So how do you know what kind of skin type you have? A great way to determine is to try this simple skin test first thing in the morning. Wipe your face with a tissue.
There is nothing on the tissue. Good for you! This means you will most likely not require as much wrinkle cream as individuals who fall into the other categories. It is obviously the easiest to maintain.
If your tissue is clean, without residue, but your face feels tight and dry after you tested it, you would fall into the “dry skin” category. Dry skin is most prone to aging and fine lines become more obvious and apparent. If you are under 30, your skin may look great, but as you age, your skin will require the proper care.
If your tissue has oily spots on it, you clearly would fall under the “oily” skin category. Unlike normal skin, oily skin types are usually the most problematic. Not only do you have to deal with oily residue but also you are prone to bad cases of acne. On the bright side, oily skin is more protected from the exterior chemicals and therefore you are not as prone to aging and wrinkled skin. Being able to determine your skin type as oily is the first step in taking proper care and minimizing the negative effects.
Combination skin type accounts for over 30% of women. Your tissue would have some oily spots from the nose and forehead area; however your cheeks are clear and show no residue. Hence its name, combination skin has a combination of both oily and dry skin. This means it requires a special attention, as you need to care for both types. The dry areas tend to be around your cheeks and under the eye area. You will need to tend to those areas with ultra-hydrated moisturizers and wrinkle creams, and the oily areas, which tend to be the nose and forehead areas will need daily cleansing (and avoiding those heavy creams) in these zones.
Finally, if your tissue is without any residue but your skin feels irritated after the test, you most likely have sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin usually feel dry and tight, and has a history of inflamed skin with reddish and scaly areas. You find yourself scratching and have issues with acne in some repetitive areas. Sensitive skin types require a very special type of moisturizer to avoid making things worse. You need to do your research on beauty products in general and to check ingredients in all face creams, wrinkle creams and anti-aging creams. Now that you are able to determine your skin type, you need to be able to go out there and choose the correct skin care and moisturizer that suits your needs.
Reading reviews and word of mouth recommendations should be a basic part of the process!