An ultimate guide to identifying your skin type
Have you struggled with knowing what your skin type is? What products will benefit your skin? It can be tricky to grasp, which is why we will make it a little easier for you today!
First off, let's identify the different skin types. Normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. Understanding your unique skin type and how it responds to different situations or seasons is the most crucial step in taking care of your skin. As intricate and clever as your heart, lungs, liver, and other essential organs, your skin is the largest organ in your body.
How To Determine Your Skin Type #1: The Bare-Faced Method
Use a gentle cleanser to clean your face completely, then gently pat it dry. Expose your skin (and do not apply any additional moisturizers, serums or treatments). Check for shine on your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead after 30 minutes. Check whether your skin still feels dry after another 30 minutes, especially if you smile or make other facial gestures. Your skin is probably dry if it feels tight. Do your forehead and nose have a distinct shine to them? Most likely, your skin is mixed. You most likely have oily skin if your cheeks, forehead, and nose are shiny.
Skin Type: Dry Skin
Dry skin may feel constrictive all day long and may flake noticeably. Drinking enough water and avoiding diuretics such as alcohol and coffee can significantly improve how your skin feels and looks. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of dry skin. The best way to take care of your dry skin is by doing daily exfoliation with gentle nonabrasive products. Try using our high maintenance peeling mask, which will help remove an additional layer of dead skin so your serums will be absorbed more easily.
Skin Type: Combination Skin
If you have combination skin, you may often experience some dryness on your cheeks, making it crucial to invest in a good moisturizer. If you fall under combination skin, you are not prone to breakouts but may have an oily t-zone.
Treating combination skin can be a little tricky because you are battling some oil and some dryness on the skin. What will help your skin is doing daily exfoliation (nothing too intense). This will help balance the t-zone and your cheek area. For hydration, try using a gel-like moisturizer or a light facial oil like our high expectations facial oil. Start with a small amount and increase gradually so your skin can adjust.
Skin Type: Oily Skin
Overproduction of oil frequently causes plugged pores. The good news is that oily skin has more natural moisture and is less prone to fine wrinkles, which makes it appear younger and more supple.
To help balance oil production, it is recommended to exfoliate every day to promote cell turnover and prevent sebum buildup in pores; use a light exfoliator like high maintenance. If you have oily skin, you may experience more breakouts than others, but there is a way to help this. Include salicylic acid in your skincare routine to help minimize breakouts and keep your skin clear. We recommend using our high & bye-line, refining oil, and clearing gel.
Skin Type: Sensitive
Many people can have sensitive skin in addition to either dry, oily, or mixed skin.
Taking care of sensitive skin can be difficult because it takes a lot of time and effort to identify the components that aggravate it. We recommend patch testing when trying out a new product to ensure your skin doesn’t react badly to the product. Additionally, keep an eye out for labels that state that a formula is non-irritating, non-sensitizing, and free of additives like parabens, synthetic scents, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA, or TEA because these substances can cause itching and redness. If you are looking for an everyday gentle cleanser, use high-priority cleansing foam to help remove makeup and impurities and deeply clarify your pores.
The needs of our skin might change over time, so it's important to take the right steps to effectively recognize those needs if we want our skin to perform and look its best. If you have any other questions that we did not cover in this blog, reach out to us via Instagram!