What’s Your Skin Type And How To Care For It?
Wrinkly, saggy skin is an inevitable part of life, no matter how much we all want to be in denial. What’s worse is our hectic lifestyles and career stress have only sped up this inevitability. Most men these days are showing prominent signs of aging on their face when they're 35-40. With the first signs appearing as early as JUST 25!
But that doesn’t mean you have to resign to looking 50 when you're 40. If you take good care of your skin by using the right products, you can keep those dreaded wrinkles and fine lines at bay for far longer. Not every skincare product is going to give you desirable results, though. Some can even aggravate your existing skin conditions!
To find the right skincare products that will work for YOU, you need to first identify your skin type.
How To Find Out Your Skin Type?
Before sleeping at night, wet your face and thoroughly rinse it with a coin-sized amount of your face cleanser. Then, pat your face dry with a clean towel or washcloth, and go to bed without using any skin products.
After waking up in the morning, take a tissue paper* and separate its 2-plies into two separate sheets. Then, dab one single-ply on your T-zone, and the other single-ply on your C-zone. T-zone is the area around your forehead and nose. It’s called so because the bridge of your nose forms a ‘T’ along with your forehead. C-zone includes the sides of your forehead and cheeks.
*You can use white tissue paper for the test, but you'll have an easier time spotting your face oil with a brown tissue paper.
Then, hold the tissue ply up to a light to determine how much oil has rubbed off on it. Your skin type will depend on how much oil is visible on the tissue.
If both your T and C zone are oily, you have oily skin. Your face probably looks shiny all over. Your skin might also feel a lot cleaner after washing it, and get greasier as your day progresses. Another tell-tale sign you have oily skin is large visible pores.
If there’s little to no visible oil on both the single plies, you have dry skin. Your face probably feels taut after cleansing, and you may also have flaky patches on parts of your face.
If one of your tissue plies is oily while the other is dry, you have combination skin. Most likely your forehead and nose may be shiny, while your cheeks appear dry or normal. It’s by far the most common skin type, as more than half the people have it.
If both the tissues aren’t THAT oily, and you feel any of the issues mentioned above don’t apply to you, congratulations! You have normal skin. Everyone aspires to and idealizes your skin type.
If your skin gets red blotches when you forget to moisturize, or if it reacts strongly to most skincare products, you might have what’s called sensitive skin. Sensitive skins need a little extra TLC.
If you're still unable to determine what your skin type is, we’d recommend you consult a dermatologist for their expert opinion.
How To Care For Your Skin Type?
If You Have Oily Skin:
Excessive sebum production by your oil glands is the reason your face looks like a greasy frying pan. You most likely already pat your face with a tissue several times a day to look less slick. While that helps, you’ll make things a lot easier for yourself if you look out for products that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores) because you're always going to be at risk for acne. Products marked for oily skin will balance out your excessive oil production to lower your chances of getting pimples.
Exfoliate your face twice a week to remove the dead cells on your face, and wash your face twice a day for thirty seconds with a gentle face cleanser. Something too harsh will irritate your skin. Also, find an oil-free moisturizer that works for you and make a routine out of applying it every day.
If You Have Dry Skin:
Your oil glands are drier than the Sahara. Your skin can feel stiff and even hurt if you don’t hydrate it often. To compensate for your lack of natural oil production, drink lots of water, and always keep a moisturizer handy with you.
Prolonged periods of dryness can give you dry spots, flaky skin, and even speed up your aging process. So, use your soap conservatively and stick to using cold or warm water to keep the moisture in your skin intact. Look for products that are free from alcohol, fragrances, dyes, and chemicals. They’ll dry your skin further to worsen things for you.
If You Have Combination Skin:
Since you have both dry and oily surfaces on your skin, finding products that work juuust right for you can be like finding a needle in a haystack. The key is to find one that neither dries out your skin nor makes it too oily. Products formulated for all skin types are usually a safe bet for you. However, if your skin doesn’t gel well with most such products, you can make up for it through your diet instead. Include salmon, walnuts, and flax seeds in your diet, and take fish oil supplements regularly to care for your skin.
If You Have A Normal Skin:
You’ve won the golden lottery. Your skin rarely acts up and hence requires the least maintenance. To keep your skin at its best, find a gentle cleanser and moisturizer that work for you, then develop a habit of using them daily.
If You Have Sensitive Skin:
Be fussy about what you smear on yourself. Your skin needs a lot of tender loving care does not do well with harsh chemicals. Your skin is likely to get red, develop rashes, and itches with most skin products. So you need to be careful by choosing gentle products made especially for sensitive skin. Before using them, test by applying a small amount behind your ear and leaving it there overnight to see how your skin reacts to it. When you find that perfect product that works fabulously on you, become loyal to it for life.
Your skin type is not going to be constant throughout your life. Variables like hormones, your health, age, diet, weather, pollution can play a large part in the way your skin looks and feels. But with the right products and skincare routine, you’ll notice visible improvements within a few weeks and look healthy, lively, and radiant for long.
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