Find out your skin type and the best beauty regimen for it
Oily skin, dry skin or combination skin? Each requires a different skincare routine. We tell you how to identify your skin type and look after it.Updated: Aug 10, 2017, 13:39 IST
In a world where each face is different from the other, skin type differs as well. Not only can your skin be dry or oily, it can also be a combination of both. But how do you understand which type of skin you carry? Knowing your skin type goes a long way, it can be a saviour from all the skin problems that you have to deal with. Here are three easy signs to help you figure out what category your complexion falls into:
How does your skin feel?
The texture of your skin can reveal a lot about its condition and the products that you need to look after it. If your skin feels tight, it is likely to be dry, while oily skin will feel greasy and shiny all over. Alternatively, combination skin will feel dry everywhere other than the T-zone which includes the forehead, nose and chin and normal skin will feel balanced — not too dry or too oily.
Examine your pores
We all have pores no matter our skin type, but the size and how often they get clogged can tell you a lot. Typically, large-clogged pores around the nose are an indicator of oily skin, while people with dry skin will have small pores that feel tight. On combination skin, pores tend to be large around the nose and smaller in other areas while those who have normal skin have less noticeable pores.
How often do you need to moisturise?
Moisturizer can keep our skin feeling healthy and hydrated, but how often you need to apply it could be seriously revealing when it comes to determining your skin type.For people with oily complexions, certain moisturisers can leave their skin feeling greasy while those with dry skin demand a more hard-working product — especially after cleansing and first thing in the morning. If you have combination skin, you need to apply moisturiser to some areas of your face but not others, while normal skin tends to stay fairly hydrated throughout the day.
How to care for your skin
Now that you know your skin type, it is equally important to know how to pamper it with the best care and products.
* Oily skin: The good thing about oily skin is that even when you forget applying moisturiser, you won’t be in trouble. Hydration is rarely an issue when it comes to oily skin, so it’s best to avoid heavy creams. Instead opt for products that are light and cleanse on a regular basis. Don’t be afraid to use oil-based products, but be wary of anything that contains alcohol as you don’t want to completely strip your skin of natural oils.
* Dry skin: This skin type is like barren land asking for water. It can be sore, tight and uncomfortable so you really need to knuckle down and hydrate to stop your skin from getting flaky. Opt for a cream specifically designed to prevent moisture loss and make sure to look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid which is known for its extra hydrating properties.
*Combination skin: This skin type is neither oily nor dry, so here the key is to correct the imbalance. Jojoba oil is one of the best normalisers. One must keep an eye out for products that include this wonder ingredient. You might also want to use a mild cleanser and moisturiser on your cheeks with a more rigorous product on your T-zone to cut through oil.
* Normal skin: You don’t need much heavy product to keep your skin in check, so opt for lighter solutions and avoid anything too abrasive.
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