Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, Sensitive…… it can get overwhelming, am I right?
While I can’t for certain tell you what skin type you have without looking at your face under a magnifying lamp, there are some indicators and tests that you can do to determine exactly what type of skin you have.
It is important to know this so that you can treat you skin for what it needs, not what you may think it needs. For example, it is very important not to over exfoliate dry skin. Over exfoliating is telling your body that you need to reproduce and kill off dead skin cells faster, thus leading to more dry skin and at some point you’re going to start actually causing damage to your skin.
Anyway, I’ll go more in depth with skin types and how to manage them later… Let’s stick to identifying them for now!
1. Normal Skin
- Almost even texture and tone
- Very few noticeable problems
- Small pores, barely visible
- Natural healthy glow
2. Dry Skin
- Scaly, flaky, dry or red patches
- Small pores
- Dull looking
- More visible fine lines and wrinkles
3. Oily Skin
- Appears shiny
- Enlarged pores
- More blackheads and blemishes than other skin types
- You probably struggle with oily hair as well
4. Combination Skin
- Most common skin type
- Medium sized pores
- Usually has an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin)
- Typically the rest of the face is either smooth even texture or dry
- Blackheads are often found around the nose
- Often has blotchy patches and red spots
- EASILY IRRITATED
- Prone to rash
- Experiences broken capilaries
- Fine pores
B O N U S: The Tissue Test
Found this guy on Pinterest and it was accurate for me- try it out and let me know what you think!
- Wash and DRY face
- Tear tissue into 4 small pieces
- Places pieces on your forehead, nose, cheek & chin
- Normal Skin: all 4 pieces will stay for a second and then fall off
- Dry Skin: all 4 will fall off immediately, like they shouldn’t even stick
- Oily Skin: all 4 pieces will stick to your face
- Combination Skin: it will stick to your nose or chin
How C O O L was that little test? Let me know if it worked for you or if you have any questions identifying your skin type. As I said before, once you know your skin type, you are able to treat your face for what it needs, not what you THINK it needs- this is super SUPER necessary for maintaining healthy, glowing skin.