Do You Know Your Facial Skin Type?


Hey girls!

Today is about learning what skin type we have so we know what to build on. Before buying a beauty product we should be able to determine if it is compatible with our skin. This means that everyone should know what skin type they have to avoid aggravating the skin by using products that can irritate it.

It is also very important to know that the skin on your face and that of your body can be very different. For example, my face is combination skin, but the rest of my body is generally dry.

Skin types have generally been grouped into four. Although there are other special cases, you are most likely going to fall under one of these.
1. Normal skin
2. Oily skin
3. Combination skin
4. Dry skin

I’ll be explaining how to tell which is yours in a bit. The first thing you have to do is to forget what any sales person or self proclaimed ‘skin analyst’ has told you.

One thing you should know is that no one has a stable skin type. Because we are women and are loaded with hormones, everything about us changes constantly.
Factors that can affect and change your skin type includes: pregnancy, menopause, menstrual cycle, skin disorders, smoking, medication, diet, weather, skincare routine or a change in it, sun exposure and a lot of other things.

When you want to determine your skin type, make sure not to use any extra product on your face. Just wash your face, pat dry and apply your moisturizer. After this you need to wait at least 4 hours before trying to check for results. You don’t have to sit and wait, you can go about doing other things.

Now, back to business.

1. Normal skin: if you have normal skin, no shiny forehead or other parts, you rarely break out and your skin doesn’t feel pull or dried, you are safe. For now. As I said earlier, skin types can change so it is advisable to maintain skin properly.
Note- this doesn’t mean that your skin is not sensitive. Avoid skincare products that contain ingredients that can be irritants to the skin.

2. Oily skin: if after 4 hours in a regular temperature, there is an oily sheen all over your face, then this is your skin type. If you want to be sure, take tissue paper or a dry cloth, dab the oil away and wait for an extra hour. If the oil is back then that is a confirmation.

3. Combination skin: now if you are one of the people who have this skin type, I feel you girl. This is my skin type and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the most annoying. Now, if after the four hours, your T-zone (which includes the forehead, nose, sides of the nose, and sometimes chin) are shiny or oily and the rest of your face is dry or matte, then you have combination skin.

4. Dry skin: if after 4 hours, your face feels dry, tight or stretched with no moisture at all, you have dry skin.

Some people say that sensitive skin is a skin type. I don’t agree. All skin types are very sensitive and therefore should be handled carefully. Sensitive skin just means that some people are more prone to things like pimples, more than others.

If this has helped you determine your skin type, please let me know in the comments. I would be putting up posts on how to take care of all the various skin types.
Thank you for reading!