With more products than ever targeted at specific skin types, it’s becoming increasingly important to know your dry skin from your sensitive and combination skin types.
We take it back to the basics with this easy guide to identifying skin type.
If your skin is naturally supple and hydrated to the touch, without being dry and flaky or sticky and greasy, the chances are you have normal skin. There is relatively little oil in the T-zone area (across the forehead and down the nose and chin) in normal skin, which can usually tolerate most beauty and cosmetic products better.
The simplest way to describe sensitive skin is that it is easily affected by external factors. People with sensitive skin may find themselves coming out in a rash from using certain products or ingredients. SImilarly, they may find that products containing fragrance or alcohol can cause adverse reactions. If your skin flushes easily as a result of products, contact, spicy food, or the weather, you probably have sensitive skin.
If you have oily skin you’re probably no stranger to blotting sheets. Oily skin types tend to get greasy or shiny skin and have pores which become easily clogged, causing breakouts. Tell-tale signs that you have an oily skin type include large pores and an excess amount of oil on the skin’s surface.
Dry skin can be extremely uncomfortable due to skin flaking and feeling tight and restricted. Typically lacking moisture, or a dewy glow, dry skin can tend to look lacklustre. People with dry skin usually have smaller pores, but may still experience breakouts.
One of the easiest ways to identify combination skin is by your skin’s reactions to the seasons. If you find yourself with dry skin in the winter, and oily skin in the winter this is a sign that you have combination skin. You probably have to switch your skincare products depending on the weather or the season. ANother sure sign that you have combination skin is an oily T-zone, which may experience breakouts with dry cheeks, which may experience flaky skin.