What Is My Skin Type?
One of the most important steps in caring for your skin is understanding your specific skin type and how it adapts to a certain type of season and conditions. Your skin is the largest organ and it is as intelligent and complex as your heart, liver, lungs and other vital organs.
Every person’s skin is unique, but there are a few common skin types that may help you to identify where your skin fits in the most. These are some common skin types which referred to combination, oily, dry, ageing, acne prone, sensitive and hyperpigmentation. Find out your skin type using these simple steps:
The Bare-Faced Method
- Remove any makeup or dirt using micellar water or balm. Then, cleanse your face using a mild cleanser.
- Gently pat your face dry.
- Leave your skin bare for 30 minutes without applying anything including serums, moisturisers or treatments.
- After 30 minutes, examine your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead for any shine or wrinkles.
- If your face feels itchy and tight, your skin is likely dry.
- If your skin is noticeably shiny especially on your nose and forehead only (T-zone), your skin is most likely normal/combination.
- If your skin has shine on your T-zone and cheeks, then mostly you have oily skin.
- If your skin becomes red, itchy, painful or uncomfortable after being exposed to soaps, detergents, fragrances, perfumes, certain skincare products, and household products then your skin is most likely sensitive.
- If your skin starts to show signs of shallow wrinkles known as laughter lines or crow's feet tend to become noticeable at the outer corners of the eyes then your skin most likely is prematurely ageing. These may appear around the age of 30, but we all age differently and how we age depends on our genetics and lifestyle.
- Acne-prone is when your skin becomes oily and open and closed comedones (black and whiteheads) appear on the face and often the neck, shoulders, chest and back too. In moderate and severe acne, skin becomes reddened and inflamed papules and pustules develop. Acne can be emotionally distressing, annoyingly persistent and can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and/or long-term scarring.
- Hyperpigmentation also known as uneven skin tone occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain spots on the skin. Hyperpigmentation results in flat, darkened patches of skin that are light brown to black in colour, and can vary in size and shape.