Like us, all skin is unique. But, skin types tend to fall into five different categories and knowing more about the different types of skin can make all the difference to your skin care regime. Our skin’s condition can be affected by genes, the environment, stress and even beauty products. That’s why it’s so important to match your skin to the care it needs.
There’s one easy test that you can do at home to help spot your skin type.
Try this. Take a piece of tissue paper, and wipe your face.
What do you see on the tissue paper?
No trace of oil at all on the tissue paper? You have balanced or dry skin.
Traces of oil on the paper? You have oily skin.
Balanced or dry skin leaves no trace on the tissue paper.
Balanced skin is a result of good circulation as your pores are tiny and practically invisible. Skin also looks smoother, cleaner and healthier than other skin types. Although less prone to problems, you should still treat balanced skin with care. Diligent skin care now may prevent skin problems in the future. So, after using a facial cleanser, make sure you moisturize with a light, non-greasy moisturizer.
Dry skin is usually due to water loss and does not retain oil easily. If not properly cared for, dry skin can itch, flake or crack and make wrinkles more noticeable. Here’s what to look for in dry skin:
Dry skin can be hereditary or caused by aging. Extreme weather, unsuitable beauty products and long, hot showers can also dry out your skin.
Oily, sensitive and combination skin may leave blots on the tissue paper.
If you see large blots on the tissue paper, chances are you have oily skin. Here are a few things you might notice about oily skin:
Hair follicles or pores can become blocked by excess sebum (an oily substance created by the body) and dead skin cells. This build-up can cause acne, or comedones, in the form of whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.
Although acne is most common among teenagers during puberty, hormonal changes can cause it to appear during adulthood too. Stress, diet and certain medications are also linked to acne flare-ups.
How do you know you have sensitive skin? Here are some of the tell-tale signs:
As with all different types of skin, it’s important to find the right beauty products and make a few lifestyle changes to suit your skin type.
If your skin changes from oily to balanced to dry, then you have combination skin. Here’s what to look out for:
Like all different skin types, combination skin needs special care that you might need to tailor for each area.
The appearance of your skin can change with your lifestyles and skin treatments. All skin types can also change due to hormones, pregnancy and your overall health, but keeping on top of a skin care regime and finding the products that are right for you will help your skin to stay soft and strong.
Read more about how to combat oily skin, with solutions by our experts at The Pond’s Institute.