I have received lots of request from loyal readers of this blog EarnBase (www.earnbase.com) requesting if there is a way they that know their skin type. Yes! There is a way, and most importantly, the process is cheap and easy – anybody can do it!
However, before delving into how to know your skin type. I think it’s important we discuss the types of skins available. This will help you to understand and justify your skin type.
Without wasting much time; there are basically four types of skins: The Normal, The Oily, The Dry, and The Combination. In addition, you also need to understand that skin type can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older folks to have a normal skin type.
What are the things that determine your skin type?
The following are the things that determine your skin type:
- Skin Water Level: This means how much water is in your skin, which affects its comfort and elasticity.
- Skin Oil Level: This means how oily it is, which affects its softness.
- Sensitivity Level: This means how sensitive the skin is.
Not too dry and not too oily, normal skin has:
- None or few imperfections
- No severe sensitivity
- Barely visible pores
- A radiant complexion
Your skin can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have this type. It may need slightly different care in different areas. Combination skin have the followings:
- Pores that look larger than normal, because they’re more open.
- Shiny skin
Dry skin is a very common skin condition characterized by a lack of the appropriate amount of water in the most superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis. While dry skin tends to affect males and females equally, older individuals are typically much more prone to dry skin. The skin in elderly individuals tends to have diminished amounts of natural skin oils and lubricants. Areas such as the arms, hands, and particularly lower legs tend to be more affected by dry skin. Environmental factors, such as humidity and temperature, have a profound effect on the amount of water retained within the skin. Dry skin may also be a side effect of some medications, as well as a byproduct of certain skin diseases.
You may have:
- Almost invisible pores
- Dull, rough complexion
- Red patches
- Your skin is less elastic
- More visible lines
Your skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If it’s very dry, it can become rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.
Dry skin may be caused or made worse by:
- Your genes
- Aging or hormonal changes
- Weather such as wind, sun, or cold
- Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds
- Indoor heating
- Long, hot baths and showers
- Ingredients in soaps, cosmetics, or cleansers
Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands. These glands are located under the skin’s surface. Sebum is an oily substance made of fats. Sebum isn’t all bad since it helps protect and moisturize your skin and keep your hair shiny and healthy. Too much sebum, however, may lead to oily skin, which can lead to clogged pores and acne. Genetics, hormone changes, or even stress may increase sebum production.
You may have:
- Enlarged pores
- Dull or shiny, thick complexion
- Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes
Oiliness can change depending upon the time of year or the weather. Things that can cause or worsen it include:
- Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
- Heat or too much humidity
While sensitive skin can appear anywhere on the body, it is at its most obvious on the face. It occurs when skin’s natural barrier function is compromised, causing water loss and allowing penetration of irritants. Symptoms are exacerbated by factors that facial skin is most exposed to, from the sun to some ingredients in cosmetics and cleansers.
It can show up as:
If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. There are many possible reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.
How To TEST Your Skin Type Using Tissue Paper
Step 2: Damp your face with a dry towel – please, do not rube or squeeze your face. There is no need for applying force!
Step 3: Waite for like 20 – 30 minutes.
Step 4: Place a light tissue paper on your T-zone or your forehead for at least 2 minutes with a small force.
Now, See if the tissue paper has a trace of oil or not. If it has, it shows you have oily skin; else, you have dry skin. If the oily trace is very faint; you may have combination or normal.