If you are here, this probably means that either you still haven't figured out your skin type or you are confused and unsure that the skin type you have predicted is completely correct. Not to worry, today we shall discuss in detail the course of how to evaluate your skin type and the factors that affect your skin type.
Every time the season changes, the traits of the skin change as well. In addition to this, every human possesses some unique characteristics about their skin. Thus, it shall be tough and precarious to put all the eggs in one basket I.e. to consider that every individual carries the same type of skin.
Hence, the following are the steps to be taken into consideration before starting with the discovery of your skin type and the best viable products to be used for maintaining your skin.
To commence, let us first know the different types of skin types:
- Oily Skin Type
- Dry Skin Type
- Combination Skin Type
- Normal Skin Type
Along with this, if you come across terms such as sensitive or acne-prone skin, then these are the skin conditions that may occur along with one of the four aforementioned skin types.
KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE AT HOME
Aye! It is possible, and quite effortless to fathom out your skin type in the comfort of your home.
Let us divide this home technique into two steps:
- First thing in the morning is to get up and clean up your face using a mild cleanser. A cleanser that is not too harsh and at the same time does not contain soap.
- Relax for an hour in a non-airconditioned room, where no direct sunlight comes in. DO NOT apply any skincare products such as moisturizers, serums, lotions, sunscreen, etc.
- After an hour, take a piece of tissue paper and place it on your face and very gently pat for about 15 seconds.
- Thoroughly analyze your face and the tissue paper to conclude one of the following results as your skin type.
Now, before jumping on to the second and the most pivotal part of this method, we shall figure out the different zones of our faces. There are two types of zones on every face:
1. T - Zone
The t zone includes the central part of the person’s face I.e. the forehead, nose, and chin. It also combines just a little part of the cheeks, just beside the nose.
2. C - Zone
Whereas, the C zone consists of the lateral part of the face including the cheeks and the jawline.
To analyze your skin type, you need to observe two things - the face and the tissue paper.
- If you feel very oily, and greasy all over your face and witness oil patches entirely on the tissue paper then you carry an oily skin type.
- If the T zone on your face seems to be oily, shiny, and greasy as well as the same places on the tissue paper have oil patches BUT the cheeks are quite dry and normal, then you possess a combination skin type.
- If your skin on the face feels too dry and stretched out but you have zero visibility about anything on the tissue paper and you may experience white flakes tumbling down your skin, then you have a dry skin type.
- Lastly, if you do not encounter anything on the tissue paper as well as on the face, then ta-da, you are blessed with the normal skin type.
FACTORS AFFECTING YOUR SKIN TYPE
There are a few vital aspects that affect your skin type which should be taken into consideration while knowing your skin type.
1. Status of the skin
A.K.A the protector of your skin.
2. Oil factor
This boosts the softness of your skin.
3. Water Content
This adds elasticity to the skin.
4. Natural Moisturizing factors.
These are the key components that are responsible for hydrating the skin from within.
5. Seasonal changes
Skin type is never permanent and it changes with the changing season and time. As the climate changes the chances of skin type change elevate. For instance, You may experience oily skin during Summer but as the winter approaches your skin turns out to be dry.
Pro Tip: To avoid your skin getting oily during summers and monsoons, moisturize your skin as your skin gets dehydrated and tends to lose a lot of moisture.
The intake of some types of medicines can lead to a change in the skin type.
- Exposure to dust and pollution as a whole
- Hormonal imbalance
Due to hormonal imbalances in the body because of various reasons such as PCOS, Thyroid, or any other imbalance, your skin can either get drier or more oily.
With the growing age, the amount of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands tends to deplete resulting in the dryness of the skin, dehydration, an increase in age spots, etc.
All in all, it is quite important to understand your skin type to choose the products which can be used in your everyday skincare routine. Products that are free from toxic elements such as paraben and sulfate as well as those which are universally accepted.
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