If you're like me, your skin care routine probably consists of washing your face once a day, if you remember to. Properly taking care of our skin can sometimes be frustrating and expensive.
If you're normal skin care routine just isn't working for you, it could be that you aren't doing the right skin care routine for your type of skin.
There are three main skin types that you fall probably fit into, here's what they are and how to tell which one you have:
What Skin Type Do You Have?
With oily skin, you may often see shine on your face. If you find you often have to re-apply powder throughout the day to remove shine, you probably have oily skin. Also, visible and open pores is usually a sign of oily skin. Some other signs of oily skin are:
- Prone to breakouts and blackheads.
- Your makeup seems to slide off your face throughout the day.
- The hair surrounding your face gets greasy noticeably fast.
- You notice oil on your clothing or cellphone after they come into contact with your face.
With dry skin, you may often notice your skin is flaky, scaly, or rough. Dry skin typically doesn't produce much moisture, and is the opposite of oily skin. Some other signs of dry skin are:
- Your skin feels tight, especially after being in water.
- Your skin looks and feels rough.
- You notice a lot of redness on your face.
- Your skin is often itchy and sometimes has cracks in it.
If you feel like neither of these apply to you, or you have some signs from each list, it's probably because you have combination skin. This skin type is a combination of both dry and oily skin. With this skin type you might notice that your skin is is dry in some spots (cheeks) and oily in others (forehead, nose, and chin). Some other signs of combination skin are:
- Your skin changes based on the weather. (Oilier in summer and dry in winter).
- When you are on your period, your skin may experience breakouts causing you to think your skin is oily. But once your period is over, the breakouts clear right up and your skin can become flaky.
- You sometimes notice oil in some spots of your face, and redness and flakes in another spot.
After you understand what type of skin you have, it is important to adapt to a skin care routine that will work best for the skin type you have.