The first and foremost step in caring for your skin is identifying your skin type. There are 5 types of skin, namely Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, and sensitive. It is important that you cater your skincare routine around your skin type. Given below are the descriptions of each skin type and how you can identify your own.
- Normal: If your skin is not too oily or too dry, you likely have normal skin. You can identify this as your skin type if you have smooth skin, fine pores, little to no sensitivity or blemishes and your skin does not break out often. You can maintain this skin by staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen, and most importantly, moisturizing.
- Dry: You can identify dry skin by its rough and flaky nature, this type of skin usually feels itchy and tight which can cause discomfort sometimes. You can easily combat this by wearing sunscreen to prevent your skin from drying out, drinking lots of water, not taking too long in the shower, and gently patting your skin dry after cleansing.
- Oily: If your skin is prone to acne breakouts, has large pores, and has a greasy appearance, it is most likely due to oily skin. You can regulate this by washing your face twice a day, once when you wake up and once right before sleeping. It is also important to moisturize oily skin, so make sure you don’t skip this step!
- Combination: As the name suggests, combination skin consists of your T-Zone being oily and prone to breakouts and your cheek area being dry and sensitive. To maintain healthy skin, it is important to cleanse twice a day, exfoliate gently from time to time, and maintaining two separate routines for the oily/dry parts of your face.
- Sensitive: This may be your skin type if your skin is hyper0reactive to the environment you are in and the usage of certain products, sensitive skin is a result of the damage of the protective layer that locks moisture in. Some tips for sensitive skin are to conduct a patch test, apply all products in moderation, and researching products that are made for your specific skin type.