WHAT IS MY SKIN TYPE?
Understanding your skin type is arguably the most important first step in discovering the most effective way to care for your skin. Tailoring the products you use, to your skin type will make a huge difference to the effectiveness of your skincare routine. Everybody’s skin needs are unique, but broadly there are five primary skin types, dry, oily, combination, sensitive and normal. Read on to determine yours.
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HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TYPE?
THE BARE-FACED METHOD
Identifying your skin type might come easily if you have very recognisable symptoms, but if not, we suggest cleansing your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser such as Centella Sensitive Facial Cleanser and then gently pat dry. Don’t apply any product at all, just leave skin bare for about 25-30 minutes and then assess your skin. Does it feel comfortable and at ease? If yes, it’s probably normal. Do you have all over shine? Then it’s likely oily. Is it parched and craving moisture? You guessed it – dry. A mixture of the two? Combination. Uncomfortable, red and itchy? Likely sensitive.
THE BLOTTING SHEET METHOD
Another simple way to determine your skin type at home is to press a clean blotting paper against different areas of your face. Next step is to hold the sheet up to a light to see how much oil was absorbed: the more oil that was absorbed, the oilier your skin is likely to be. If you see little to no oil, you may have dry skin. Finally, combination or normal skin types will show minimal oil from the T-zone on the blotting sheet. For best results, we recommend doing this test around midday or evening—blotting your skin too soon after cleansing can lead to unreliable results.
Read on to find out how to take care of your skin type.
WHAT ARE THE FIVE BASIC SKIN TYPES?