Monday, April 2, 2012


Many among us are not familiar of the skin type we have. Knowing your skin type is the first and foremost step to taking care of your skin. This way choosing amid the vast options of beauty and skincare products available would rather become easier. In general, there are five skin types; normal, dry, sensitive, oily and combination.

Follow the lead and you’ll know how to identify your own skin type:

The best method to see your skin type is the result you get after cleansing. If, right after cleansing, your skin feels dried up and seems to be peeling off in places, almost no breakouts and very small pores, it means your skin type is dry.

Basically, dry skin lacks in sebum, which in fact is the skin’s natural lubricant or moisturizer. Thus, for the purpose, it also lacks the tendency to preserve moisture.

If your skin type is dry, avoid using soaps on your face, as they dehydrate the skin and give a poor result. As a substitute, we’ll advice you to use a face wash twice a day followed by applying a good cleanser. This way your skin’s essential moisture will retain. For enhanced results, use a good moisturizer to perk up your skin.

After cleansing, if you get a soft and clean feeling and looks smooth and fresh, with small to medium pores, this means you have a normal skin type.

Normal skin, is infact the best ski type retaining a healthy glow, fine texture, small pores, and rarely ever develops spots or witnesses shin (oily) areas. What you need to watch for in a normal skin type, is that a natural balance of oil and moisture is retained in your skin. This can be easily done by using a gentle-on-skin cleanser and an oil-free moisturizer.


If your skin feels dry and itchy in certain places after cleansing, and you notice your skin having dry patches with some redness and medium pores, it indicates your skin type to be sensitive. Sensitive skin has a tendency to develop redness or red spots easily in certain areas owing to stress or as a result of reaction to harsh cosmetic products.
For sensitive skin people, you need special attention. Before buying a product, read what the label says. Especially note that it is allergy and hypoallergenic tested devoid of irritants like alcohol and fragrances. To see if it can survive well on your skin, without damaging it, test a small area or a patch of skin. If it fails to show a reaction or gives itchy feeling, it means your money wouldn’t go to waste and the product is meant for you.


Oily skin is the easiest to identify. After a good cleansing session, if skin looks shiny and oily, feels slightly slippery to touch, and you notice quite large pores, particularly around the T-zone, those are enough signs to tell you that it’s an oily skin type. Oily skin easily breakout, but there is a benefit to it – their skin will not age quickly, as it’s always retains the necessary hydration required for a healthy skin.

To take care of your oily skin, wash it at least twice a day with a mild cleanser or face wash. Use an oil-free moisturizer and while applying make up, consider using an oil-free shine-control product to avoid the messy oily look.


Combination skin is a skin type that falls between dry and oily skin. It feels dry in some areas while feels soft and smooth in other. After being cleansed, combination skin looks shiny in the T-zone and you’ll notice medium sized pores in the T-zone. Those among you with a combination skin have oily regions around the nose, chin and forehead (T-zone) and while, it feels dry on the cheeks.

To take care of your skin and retain its healthy glow, massage a gentle soap free cleanser into the oily areas and gently run a light hand over the rest of the face before rinsing it away. Use a little amount of oil free moisturizer on the T-zone area and slightly more on the dry areas.

By now, you must be well-aware of what you need to look into and look out for to take care of you skin. Get a healthy glowing skin right away.

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