The most important step in caring for your skin comes is 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.

Know your skin type

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What are the basic skin types?

There are mainly 5 basic skin types.

Normal: This skin type feels clean and smooth.
Oily: Oily skin tends to shine, especially during midday.
Combination: This skin is a mix of oily and dry. Some areas on the face will appear shiny while the other areas are clean.
Dry: Dry skin feels tight, rough, flaky and dry. The person that has dry skin is prone to wrinkles, paging and irritation.
Sensitive: Sensitive skin tends to get irritated easily. This skin can easily flush, have rashes or red patches.

Every person’s skin is unique. There are certain ways to know your skin type and here we define 5 of them.

Go see a skin doctor (Dermatologist): An accurate way of knowing your skin type is by getting advice from a professional. Well, that is the obvious method. See a skin doctor or a dermatologist and have your skin checked. Aside from asking about the specific type of skin you have, ask for his or her suggestions if you have problematic skin or you can ask advice about a skin based on your skin type.

Visual examination: Just by looking at your skin, you can pretty much tell what skin type you have. As soon as you wake up, just wash your face and go about your day. To do this accurately, you need to make sure that you do not wash your face again or apply any product or makeup. No wiping or blotting as well. As soon as midday hits, go see what your skin looks like in front of a mirror. If your entire face is looking shinier compared to this morning, you have oily skin. If only your T-zone looks shiny but the rest of your face is pretty much the same, you have combination skin type. If your skin looks the same as it did this morning, you have normal skin. If you see a dry patch, a little peeling, and redness, you have a dry skin.

The touch test: So this method works as it sounds. If your T-zone and other parts of your face feel moist, then you have oily skin. If your T-zone, nose, and chin feel moist but you felt roughness and dryness on other areas, you have combination skin. If your entire face feels supple and moisturizes, you have normal skin. If you feel rough patches or if your skin stings a little after minimal exposure outside, then you have dry skin.

Remember that skin changes with age, diet and hormonal changes. This means that your skin type may change. Nothing is set in stone.

But now that you know what type of skin you have now, you can proceed to choose the skin care products that are right for you. Better choice means better efficiency.