What is my skin type? Dry, oily, sensitive, combination or normal.
Navigating skincare products can be difficult when you're unsure what skin type you have. Worst case scenario, the ingredients can cause reactions when applied or you could buy an expensive product and find it does nothing for your skin because it's not suitable.
Your skin type is typically determined by your genetics however it can also be affected by varying factors that may be out of your control such as stress, hormones, humidity, and your natural aging process.
The main thing you need to know is that there are five types of healthy skin types: normal, dry, oily, combination (both oily and dry skin) and sensitive.
The Skin Test:
A simple test to work out your skin type would be to wash your face with a mild facial cleanser and set a timer for 60 minutes. After washing, don't apply anything else to your face and try to refrain from touching your face. Once the timer is up, give your skin a feel and see which of the below best describes your skin.
- If you find you have an oily t-zone and dry patches elsewhere, it's likely you have combination skin.
- Similarly, if your skin is feeling oily minus the dry patches, you have oily skin.
- If your skin is feeling a little sensitive, crying out for some TLC you have sensitive skin.
- Alternatively, if your skin is feeling a tight or dry, you likely have dry skin that is in need of hydration.
- Finally, if your skin feels balanced (not too oily or dry) you likely have normal skin.
Once you know your skin type, it's time to find the best products to help combat problems. If you're looking to try new products without the expense, you could try a subscription box like Lemonade Box.
This way, you can discover new products, build a self-care routine and save money. Once you've built your desired routine, you can rest assured knowing the products you re-purchase will work and compliment your skin type.
Oh, and an added bonus of Lemonade Box is that all the products featured are cruelty-free so you don't have to feel guilty or worry about the products you're using to make yourself feel better being tested on animals!