Everyone’s skin is unique like a fingerprint and differes by various factors such as oiliness, sensitivity, elasticity and so on, but generally all varieties can be categorized into four main skin types: normal, oily, dry and combination. Determining your skin type can be crucial in making the right skincare choices which impact your overall skin health. Knowing your skin well, you’ll be able to choose products which are more suitable for you and work best on your skin type.
However, when you live in a big city, it’s hard to find time to visit a dermatologist. Though you should certainly do it, if right now it’s a hassle for you to book to see a London dermatologist, for example, we can give you some tips on how to determine your skin type.
So, let’s dig into it:
If you have this type of skin, you’re among the lucky ones. Your skin has no or few imperfections, it’s not to sensitive and has barely visible pores. Your skin is radiant and has even complexion, with no signs of redness or discoloration. It is smooth, elastic and not very problematic.
If your skin is shiny over the top and you suffer from clogged pores during the warmer months, your is skin is probably oily. Being prone to blackheads, pimples or blemishes is also a proof of having an oily skin type. Oiliness can change due to some factors such as hormones and stress, as well as humidity and heat but if your skin appears to be shinier and your pores clog more easily you can classify your skin as oily.
If you notice your skin flaking and/or peeling at any time, your skin could be dry. Dry skin usually feels tight and is associated with very small and almost invisible pores. Your skin is probably dull, less elastic and it has more visible lines. It can crack, peel or become itchy easily. Moisturizing is crucial for this type.
Typically, combination skin is when some parts of your face are dry or flaky, but you have an oiler T-zone (the center part and the forehead). This is the trickiest type, since you need to choose products which don’t make things worse for each part of the face. Blackheads, enlarged pores and shiny skin are all characteristics of this skin type.
Alternatively, you can have sensitive skin which is prone to itching, burning, redness and dryness. There can be many triggers for sensitive skin, so try to determine and avoid them. One of the most common sensitive skin causes are particular skin care products.
How to determine your skin type?