Confused about what your skin type is? Not sure whether your complexion is oily or combination, whether it would be considered dry or is it actually normal? Well then you've come to the right place. With our straightforward guide you'll find out what your skin type is, once and for all.
Finding Your Skin Type
Your skin type is what you are born with, and is genetically determined. The easiest way to work out your skin type is to wash and dry your face, then don't apply any skincare. Wait 20 minutes and then look in the mirror.
Does your skin feel tight? Then it's dry. People with genetically dry skin also often have skin conditions like eczema.
Does your skin look shiny all over? Then it's oily.
Does your skin just look oil in the T-Zone but feels normal or tight around the cheeks? Then it's combination.
Does your skin feel good? Then it's normal.
The Difference Between Skin Type and Concern
You're probably thinking the above doesn't cover off half of the skin concerns you have, but that's because they are concerns not skin type.
Things like redness, spots, blackheads, fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, pigmentation, dullness, sensitivity and more occur because of external factors like the weather and pollution, as well as internal factors like hormones and medication. And these concerns can happen to any skin type at any time. For example, dry skin can experience breakouts, whereas oily skin can be dehydrated (and this can make breakouts worse) and we all get fine lines and wrinkles at some point or other!
Once you know the difference between the two, you can shop accordingly, ensuring that you skin type is supported and you're targeting your concerns. It's often best to tackle skin concerns with the use of active serums and potent masks.
Want to chat about your skincare routine with an expert? Book an appointment at The Beauty Editor here and you can discuss your skin type and concerns with our team.