Determining skin types can be quite difficult if you don’t understand the difference between the different types.
There are five main types; Dry, Oily, Normal, Combination and Sensitive. So what is the difference between them?
There are two types of dry skin; seasonal condition, and all year condition. All year is self-explanatory, however seasonal, is where a person has normal or combination skin for most of the year, often experience dry skin problems during the changing of seasons. It also depends on the person and her location within the world. Dry skin often comes off as flaky and rough to touch. Skin health comes from inside and out, so if you have dry skin, it is vital to drink plenty of water, as if your whole body is dehydrated, you will be able to see it in your face.
Oily skin has excess oil all over, and it is usually from the edges of the face through the T-Zone. With oily skin, pores are usually visible, and acne is common. Oily skin can usually tolerate higher levels of exfoliation. It is important to use a mattifying primer and mattifying foundation, as using an oil-based foundation will add extra oil.
This skin type is balanced, there is neither an excess amount of oil or overt dryness or dehydration. People with normal skin are less likely to have problems such as acne or don’t suffer premature signs of ageing such s wrinkles or pigmentation. Exfoliating is important and can be done either daily or a couple of times a week.
Combination skin has areas more oily than others, such as T-Zone which includes forehead, nose and chin. It also has areas that are somewhat dry, like the cheeks. Mattifying products such as Tarte’s clean slate poreless 12h perfecting primer can be applied to the oily areas of the face before makeup application.
Sensitive skin is easily irritated and often results in redness. People with sensitive skin should limit sun exposure, and apply plenty of sunscreen. It is important to use organic products on sensitive skin, as most of the chemical products that say they are for sensitive skin, irritates the skin.
One way to determine your skin type is to wash and moisturise with normal skin products. If your skin gets irritated, then you know you have sensitive skin. If your skin feels tight and uncomfortable, you have dry skin and you should drink plenty of water and re-evaluate your skin later. If your skin remains comfortable, and matte looking through the day, it is a good indicator you have normal skin. If your skin gets quite oily and shiny, you have oily skin. Finally, if your skin is mostly comfortable, with the exception of the oily areas, you have combination skin.
It is important to understand what skin type you have, and to create an appropriate skin care routine based around your type of skin. I hope you found this useful!