Determine Your Skin Type

What type of skin do you have?

Is it combination,dry,oily,normal or sensitive?

Before you buy any skin related product you need to check what type of skin you have.

To determine your skin type wash your face really well a night before you sleep and do not apply any thing.

After you wake up touch your T zone (forehead, nose,chin) and area around your cheeks.

Check if its:

1. OILY:

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If your T zone (forehead, nose and chin) and area around your cheeks feels greasy and shiny and you want to wash your wash again and again during the day then you have oily skin.

Causes:

  • Using oil based makeup products
  • Hormones
  • Humid climate
  • Over drying your skin which forces it to produce more oil.

How to take care:

  • Stop using oil based product.
  • Always go for CTM (cleaning, toning and moisturizing) rule.
  • Exfoliate 2-3 times a week
  • Use an Astringent Every Other Day
  • Use a light moisturizer (It might seem counter intuitive, but many products formulated to treat oily skin strip it off its natural oils which it needs for moisture and protection)

The good news is, studies show that the moisture from oily skin might help prevent wrinkles!

2. Combination:

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If your T zone (forehead, nose and chin) is greasy and area around your cheeks is dry then you have combination skin.Combination skin can be tricky to treat since you have to address two different issues.

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Causes:

If You are using products to treat the oily areas, you could wind up drying out the dry areas and vice versa.

How to take care: You need to balance the skin texture, for that you need to use different products for different issue areas.

  • Don’t use alcohol based product which are too drying.
  • Use mild toner
  • Use light moisturizer
  • Exfoliate especially around your T zone.

3.Dry:

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If your skin feels itchy, tight or rough especially after washing your face and you feel like someone is stretching your skin then you have dry skin.

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Causes:

  • Hot water bath
  • Dry climate
  • Medication
  • Using harsh soap

How to take care:

  • Use mild face wash
  • Use warm rather than hot water
  • Exfoliate to remove flaky skin
  • Always apply moisturizer after washing your face
  • Use good night cream to hydrate your skin
  • Drink enough water

4. Normal:

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Normal skin has a good balance of moisture, small pores and an even tone and it is the goal of most skin care regimens.You don’t really experience reactions to products and your complexion appears balanced.

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How to take care:

Though normal skin is one of the easiest types to care for, it’s also one of the first skin types to show signs of aging.

  • Follow CTM rule (mentioned above)
  • Exfoliate
  • Start using Anti aging products from your mid 20s

5. Sensitive:

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If your skin is easily irritated or inflamed, or is itchy, dry or gets red easily than you have sensitive skin.Your skin may react when using a new product or you always get those pesky razor bumps when you shave. Flush easily with heat.People with sensitive skin might also sunburn easily or experience conditions such as eczema or rosacea.

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Causes: There are number of things that can contribute towards sensitive skin.It would be difficult to find a single cause.Few of them are

  • Sun exposure
  • Exposure to air pollution
  • Frequent changes in temperature
  • Very hot water
  • Lack of sleep
  • Hormonal changes

How to take care:

  • Always do a patch test before applying anything new to your skin.
  • Avoid harsh chemicals
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Manage stress
  • Drink enough water

Now that you have figured out your skin type,I will share some DIY masks for your skin type in my next blog.
Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle

Comment below and let me know if I have missed any point.

Much Love ūüėė
Shriti

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