How To Carry Out A Skin Type Test
Understanding your skin type is the most important step to take before starting your skincare journey. Taking the time to learn your skin’s specific needs will help you choose the suitable options that will balance your skin resulting in a healthier, more radiant complexion. Also, knowing your skin type will help you choose the proper skincare routine and products suitable for you.
A person’s skin type can be determined based on the following:
- Genetic factors: Your genes play a significant role in determining how dry, oily or sensitive your skin will be. You might inherit your skin type or issues from your parents.
- Environmental factors: Relocating to a new environment can change your skin type. Your skin tends to adapt to its new environment.
- Lifestyle: Do you know that smokers tend to have drier skin? The toxins present in cigarette smoke restrict the blood flow to your facial tissues, which cause them to dry out and sag.
- Health factors: Certain health conditions and medications can cause changes in skin type. Depending on the condition, it could make the skin become drier or oiler.
- Hormonal factors: The female hormones tend to change various times depending on what goes on in the body. For instance, pregnancy hormones affect skin type.
So this is to say that your skin type is subject to change based on any of these factors named above.
Everyone’s skin is unique, but there are common skin types where most people fit in. There are Oily skin, Dry skin, Combination skin, Normal skin and Sensitive skin.
How To Carry Out A Skin Type Test
Determining your skin type can be done with a simple test. Just follow these steps!
Step 1: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove all makeup, oil and dirt.
Step 2: Pat face dry with a soft towel and leave skin bare. Don’t apply any moisturizers or serums. Let your skin act naturally.
Step 3: Wait for 30 mins. During this time, don’t touch or pick your face. After 30mins, look closely and note the quality of your skin.
How To Identify Your Skin Type
Your skin is shiny, or you notice a lot of excess oil on your face, especially on your T zone (your forehead to the bridge of your nose), jaw and cheeks. You may feel like you want to rewash your face midday when oil production is at its peak. Your pores appear larger or get clogged easily, leading to black/whiteheads, pimples or cystic acne. The good news is the moisture from oily skin might help prevent wrinkles.
Your skin feels tight and itchy, especially after cleansing, or you never feel like you can get enough moisture. It also appears dull. You might also experience some flakiness or scaling. It’s also important to note that there’s a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. Dry skin is a skin type caused by a lack of oil production in the skin. Dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water and is a temporary skin condition due to climate, environmental factors or not drinking enough water.
Your skin is oily, has larger pores, or breaks out in your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), but is dry or normal on your cheeks and jawline.
Your skin is pretty even-keeled, not much – or only occasional – oil, dryness or breakouts, which go away quickly. You don’t experience reactions to products, and your complexion appears balanced.
Your skin is easily irritated or inflamed, itchy, dry or gets red quickly. Your skin may react when using a new product, flush easily with heat, or you always get those pesky razor bumps when you shave. People with sensitive skin might also sunburn easily or experience conditions such as eczema or rosacea. You need skincare products recommended by your dermatologist.
Since your skin type changes over time, so do your skin needs, and taking steps to identify its needs is essential for it to function and look its best. Keep the health of your skin in mind and follow up regularly to check if any adjustments are needed for your current routine to keep it balanced and glowing.
Remember you can shop healthy, vegan, cruelty-free skincare products from Nashé Beauty. To create a skincare routine tailored to your skin type, click HERE to read this detailed guide on how to set up your own skincare routine and tips on how to stay consistent with it.
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