Everyone wishes for good skin – healthy, supple with a blinding glow for dayyyssss. However, like every good thing, good skin doesn’t come by chance. On the flip side, a healthy skin requires effort in combination with the right skincare products, consistency, patience, and of course intentionality. Yet, with so many products on the market, it can be quite confusing to determine what’s beneficial for your skin.
What then is the solution?
For starters, it is very important to figure out your skin type before buying any products. Why? You might ask.
Well, your skin is your body’s largest organ, as complex and intelligent as your heart, lungs, liver, and other vital organs. Hence, it is key to choose products tailored to your skin type and conditions.
It is also important to note that not all skincare products are created equal. While some skincare products can be used by almost everyone, some are tailored to specific skin types.
Which moves us to yet another question.
How many skin types are there?
According to dermatologists, there are 5 major skin types namely;
- Oily Skin
- Combination Skin
- Normal Skin
- Dry Skin
- Sensitive Skin
How then can you determine your skin type?
The fastest and easiest way to find out your skin type is to get a good cleanser with quality ingredients – like the Raw Beauty Soap – and cleanse your face thoroughly. Once done, leave your face bare for half an hour and watch what happens.
Here are few things to note;
- If after 30 minutes, your forehead and T-zones begin to feel sweaty or produce oil, your skin type is Oily.
- If after cleansing, your skin feels tight and you appear dull with visible white traces on your skin, your skin is Dry. You should endeavor to stay hydrated at all times.
- Your skin is a Combination skin type if your T-zones are oily while your cheeks remain dry. This skin type can change with seasons. For example, oily in winter and dry in summer.
- If you feel ready to take a billion selfies for the ‘gram showing off your bare face after the cleanse, then, Normal is the description for your skin type.
However, normal is relative and most people with this skin type majorly don’t have to worry about reacting to products.
Regarding sensitive skin, any skin can be sensitive to products, weather, food, medications etc. So, personally, “sensitive skin” is actually not a skin type it’s more of a skin condition.
There you have it, the ultimate guide to determining your skin type.