The easiest way to determine your skin type
As our body’s largest organ, the importance of looking after and understanding our skin should come as no surprise. And no matter whether you’re shopping for a luxe serum or cheapie cleanser from the supermarket, most of us typically navigate which products are going to do the job best by determining which ones are formulated for our skin type.
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But, the million-dollar question is... how does anyone actually know their skin type? Is it listed on our birth certificate below our mother’s maiden name and right next to our blood type?
While we can’t tell you how everyone is getting their information on whether they are dry, oily, combination or ’normal’, we can offer you a couple of quick methods on how to identify your own.
The Bare-Faced Method
Cleanse your face and pat dry. After 30 minutes, examine for any shine, paying particular attention to your nose, forehead and chin.
After another 30 minutes, make a range of exaggerated facial movements (happy, sad, angry – that whole routine) and if your skin is feeling tight, you are most likely dry.
If there is visible shine on your nose and forehead, you are most likely normal or combination.
And, if the shine extends to your cheeks as well as your nose and forehead, you most likely have oily skin.
The Blotting Sheet Method
This method calls for actual blotting papers, however, a napkin, paper towel or even a piece of white paper will do. Gently pat your face onto the paper and then hold the sheet up to the light.
If you see little to no oil, you most likely have dry skin.
If the paper has visible signs of oil, most likely from your forehead and nose area, this is typically a trait of normal or combination skin.
Lastly, if your sheet is somewhat saturated, it is likely you have oily skin.
Our recommendations for dry skin:
Stick to gentle exfoliation methods only, to remove dead skin cells without stripping natural oils. Use moisturisers rich in hyaluronic acid for its water-attracting abilities and squalane to soothe and hydrate.
Our recommendations for combination or normal:
This skin type is typically dryer on the cheeks and oilier within the t-zone. Gentle exfoliation will help balance both areas, while a lighter, easily absorbed moisturiser will prevent breakouts.
bh recommends: Skinsmiths Balancing Moisturiser
Our recommendations for oily skin:
Look for detoxifying ingredients that will help to prevent sebum buildup and rebalance the skin. Clay is excellent for removing impurities, while niacinamide will help to refine pores and protect the skin barrier.
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