There are thousands of products designed for specific skin types. But, how can you take advantage of these creams and lotions if you don’t know what type of skin you have? Thankfully, there are a couple of tests that you can take at home that should make your skin type clear.
The Blotting Paper Test
If you would like a quick method for differentiating between dry and oily skin types, the blotting paper test is your best bet. Gently pat the different parts of your face with a blotting sheet. Determine how much oil is visible by holding the paper up to a light. You probably have dry skin if the sheet picks up very little or no oil. On the other hand, if you’re trying to figure out your skin type, then it would likely be considered normal if the blotting paper shows oil from the nose and forehead areas. And, it’s more likely than not you have oily skin if the sheet has oil saturation.
The Bare-Faced Test
Using a mild cleanser, thoroughly clean your face, and dry it gently. Do not apply treatments, serums, or moisturizers to your skin. Leave it bare. Examine your forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks for any shine after half an hour. Then, determine whether you have parched skin after another half hour. This is particularly noticeable when you make facial expressions, such as smiling.
Your skin is likely oily if there is shine on your nose, forehead, and cheeks. Your skin would be considered normal if the shine is only noticeable on your forehead and nose. And, you probably have dry skin if your skin feels tight.
How to Care for Different Skin Types
Pores tend to get clogged or congested from excess oil. However, since oily skin is less prone to wrinkling and is naturally moist, it will look more supple and younger. Prevent sebum buildup in pores and promote cell turnover through daily enzymatic exfoliation.
Dryness of the cheeks is common in individuals with normal skin. Therefore, you need a moisturizer that is heavy enough to retain moisture without being too substantial. Also, keep the cheek and t-zone areas balanced with daily gentle exfoliation.
Through the day, dry skin may feel tight. This can be accompanied by noticeable flaking. You can have a positive impact on how your skin feels and looks by avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and other diuretics. Plus, drink plenty of water.
They say, “knowing is half the battle,” right? Now that you know what type of skin you have, you can take steps to keep it vibrant and beautiful.