How to Know Your Skin Type At Home?

The most important step in caring for your skin comes in understanding your specific skin type and how it adapts to certain circumstances or seasonality. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, as complex and intelligent as your heart, lungs, liver and other vital organs. Using cleansers and treatments that are too harsh, even if they are recommended for excessive oiliness, may send the signal to your skin that more oil is actually needed. Conversely, applying moisturisers that are too thick or heavy can result in decreased natural oil production, resulting in even drier skin. Taking the time to learn your skin’s specific needs will help you to choose the right options that will balance skin resulting in a healthier, more radiant complexion.

Understanding the skin types

There are five basic types of healthy skin: normal, dry, oily, sensitive and combination skin. Skin type is determined by genetics. The condition of our skin can, however, vary greatly according to the various internal and external factors it is subjected to.

Let’s take a look at how to determine your skin type.

 Different Skin Types

A. Normal Skin

Normal skin is neither too oily nor too dry. It has balanced sebum production and good blood circulation.

B. Oily Skin

Oily skin is characterized by a greasy appearance. This skin type is prone to acne breakouts. Oily skin is the result of excess sebum production.

C. Dry Skin

Dry skin is determined by flaky and rough texture. It can at times feel tight and cause irritation.

D. Combination Skin

Combination skin is a mix of oily skin and dry skin. Usually, in combination skin types, the T-zone is oily and the cheeks are dry.

E. Sensitive Skin

If your skin flushes with spicy food and adversely reacts to new products, you may have sensitive skin.

Try This

Take a sheet of blotting paper and gently pat it on your face. Hold it against a bright light. If you see little to no oil, you likely have dry skin. If the sheet picks up some oil from the T-zone, you have combination or normal skin. If it picks up oil from all parts of your face, you likely have oily skin.