Determining your skin type is the first step to finding the best products for your skin.
3 Simple Steps
Step 1: Put your hair back and wash your face with a gentle facial cleanser, making sure all traces of makeup have been removed. Carefully pat dry with a soft cotton towel. Don’t follow with any other skin care products at this time.
Step 2: Wait for 1 hour. Unfold a clean tissue and gently cover your face. Gently blot.
Step 3: Observe your findings.
Which skin type do you have?
Oily Skin — Those with oily skin will have spots on the tissue in multiple areas. These spots will be noticeable and are transparent. Visible signs of oily skin are enlarged pores, greasiness, and acne breakouts. Using foaming or gel cleansers as opposed to creamy cleansers is best. If your skin is oily, you will want to seek out products labeled “noncomedogenic” so your pores do not get clogged.
Combination Skin — If your tissue has obvious spots of oil concentrated just in the t-zone area (the forehead, nose and chin) but not on the cheeks, then you would most likely fall into this category. Those with this skin type will often have a great deal of t-zone shine, but normal looking cheeks. Combination skin types need products that help spot treat their oily areas, while nourishing their dry and normal spots.
Dry Skin — Does your tissue look the same as it did when you put it on your face? If your skin does not leave even the faintest amount of sebum on the tissue, then chances are your skin is dry. If you have dry skin, it will often feel uncomfortably tight and even look dull. To combat dryness, look for products with rich butters and oils, hyaluronic acid, and moisturizers in a more concentrated cream form. Milky lotion cleansers will work best for dry skin types, as will oil-enriched serums.
Normal Skin — If you have normal skin, there will be just the lightest touch of oil left behind. Your skin is neither oily nor dry. It will feel comfortable to the touch and look healthy. People with normal skin will do well with a basic skin care routines.
Sensitive Skin — Sensitive skin is delicate skin. It is very easily irritated and inflamed. There are often broken capillaries and red spots. It is very important for people with sensitive skin to avoid products containing fragrance, alcohol, and harsh chemicals.