Skin Type

KNOWING YOUR SKIN TYPE
HELPS YOU TO CHOOSE YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

The key to developing a skin care routine that works for you is to analyze and know your skin type before buying any skin care products.
Regular re-analyzing, about once every 6 months, is necessary as the nature of your skin will change over a period of time. Adjust your skin care routine accordingly.

To analyze your skin, do the following:

> Wash your face with a mild lathering facial cleanser
> Wait for at least half an hour to allow oil time to return to the skin
> Examine your skin in a mirror under good daylight or a white-light
> Check your skin condition against one of the following skin types as outlined below

DIFFERENT SKIN TYPES

There are 5 different skin types that we should be aware of:

NORMAL
DRY
OILY
COMBINATION
SENSITIVE

Learn more about each of these different skin types.

NORMAL SKIN TYPE

A normal skin looks clear and is even in color. It is soft and supple to the touch. It is neither greasy nor tight.

A normal skin would usually have most of the following characteristics:

> You will feel smooth and comfortable after cleansing, regardless of the facial cleansers used. You can either use facial wash with water or cleansing bar with water or cream cleanser.
> Your skin still looks fresh and clean by midday.
> You will only experience occasional outbreaks of acne and pimples, perhaps before or during your period or when you are under a lot of stress.
> You will have no problems using a facial toner.
> Your skin feels very comfortable after applying rich night cream.

Click here to learn more about taking care of your normal skin.

DRY SKIN TYPE

The skin is continuously losing moisture to the atmosphere. During winter, when the humidity is at its lowest, it will lose even more moisture. When water is lost faster than it can be replaced, the outer layer of the skin dries out.

Dry skin looks old, is pale in color. It feels flaky and rough. It feels tight after washing. It is easily irritated and may even feel itchy. There is a tendency to develop fine dry-lines, especially around the eyes. Dry skin rarely suffers acne outbreaks.

A dry skin would usually have most of the following characteristics:

> After cleansing with facial wash or cleansing bar and water, your skin feels tight, as though it is too small for your face.
> Your skin feels relatively comfortable after cleansing with cream cleanser.
> Flaky patches starts to appear by midday.
> You will hardly experience any outbreaks of acne and pimples.
> Your skin will sting after applying facial toner.
> Your skin will feel very comfortable after applying rich night cream.

There are a number of causes for dry skin type.

> Incorrect use of cosmetics
> Incorrect way of washing the skin
> The condition of your thyroid gland
> Skin Aging
> Genetic predisposition

Uncovering the reason for the dry skin is an important step in improving the skin condition.

Click here to learn how to take care of your dry skin.

When the weather turns cold, the air becomes more dry. It will affect your skin, especially dry skin. You may want to consider these winter skin care tips.

OILY SKIN TYPE

An oily skin gives a shiny complexion. It has a thick epidermis and open pores. It has a tendency to develop whiteheads and blackheads.

An oily skin would usually have most of the following characteristics:

> Your skin feels fine and quite comfortable after cleansing with facial wash or cleansing bar and water.
> Your skin feels quite oily after cleansing with cream cleanser.
> Your skin will appear shiny by midday.
> You will experience frequent outbreaks of acne and pimples.
> Your skin feels fresh after applying facial toner.
> Your skin feels very oily after applying rich night cream.

There are a number of causes of oily skin type:

>Aggressive cleaning with cosmetics that contain irritating ingredients
> Overactive sebaceous glands
> Stress
> Hormonal disorders
> Genetic predisposition

Uncovering the reason for overabundant oil production is an important step towards improving oily skin.

Click here to learn how to take care of your oily skin.

COMBINATION SKIN TYPE

A combination skin has oiliness in the T-zone and dryness on the cheeks. There are occasional acne outbreaks in the oily areas.

A combination skin would usually have most of the following characteristics:

> Your skin feels dry in some areas and smooth in others after cleansing with facial wash or cleansing bar and water.
> Your skin feels oily in some areas and smooth in others after cleansing with cream cleanser.
> Your skin will appear shiny in some areas, especially the T-zone, by midday.
> You will experience frequent outbreaks of acne and pimples, especially in the T-zone.
> Your skin will feel fresh in some areas but stings in others after applying facial toner.
> Your skin will feel very oily in the T-zone and comfortable on the cheeks after applying rich night cream.

Uncovering the reason for overabundant oil production in some areas and dryness in others is an important step towards improving combination skin. One of the main causes of combination skin is the misuse of various cosmetic products. Aggressive washing with skin care products containing irritating ingredients can stimulate excessive oil production in the central portion of the face and dry out the skin on other portions.

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SENSITIVE SKIN TYPE

A sensitive skin would usually have most of the following characteristics:

> Your skin feels dry and itchy in some places after cleansing with facial wash or cleansing bar and water.
> Your skin feels sometimes comfortable, sometimes itchy after cleansing with cream cleanser.
> Flaky patches and some redness may appear by midday.
> You will experience occasional outbreaks of acne and pimples.
> Your skin will sting and itch after applying facial toner.
> Your skin will sometimes feel comfortable, other times irritated after applying rich night cream.

Click here to learn more about taking care of your sensitive skin.

Once you’ve decided on your skin type, you would be able to choose the correct skin care products for your skin.