OB Beauty: 5 Tips On How To Know Your Skin Type

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Hello Beauty Ethusiast, welcome back again to OB Beauty, today’s hot topic is on Skin Type. Do you ask yourself, why does my foundation never match? Have you ever heard your friends praise a beauty product but when you tried it, you looked worse?

Maybe your skin broke out, became oily or the foundation made your skin dry out. Well, I got news for you! It was probably wrong for your skin type. Worry no more because I have got you covered.

There are products formulated for your skin type and it is important to know what type of skin you’re working with so you can get the right products. Here are are things that can help;

Genetics – The biggest one is your genes, which decides how dry/oily or sensitive your skin will be.

Climate – Relocating to a new environment can change your skin type.

Hormones – Our hormones fluctuate at different times in our lives – including pregnancy – which can affect our skin’s behavior.

Medications – Your medication and supplement can cause your skin to become drier or more sensitive as a side effect.

Diet/Allergies – Your daily food and snacks can affect your skin for better or for worse.

Skin Care – Using the wrong formula can throw off your skin’s balance.

Now, the most important issue is How to Identify Your Skin Type

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Determining your skin type can be done with a simple test. Just follow these steps!

Step 1: Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to remove all makeup, oil and dirt.

Step 2: Pat face dry with a soft towel and leave skin bare. Don’t apply any moisturizers or serums. Let your skin act naturally.

Step 3: Wait 1 hour. During this time don’t touch your face (resist temptation!). After an hour, look closely and note the quality of your skin.

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Dry Skin

How to Identify: If your skin feels tight or itchy after cleansing, or you feel like you can get enough moisture, you have dry skin. You might also experience some flakiness or scaling.

What to Avoid: Alcohol and sulphate-based products, which can strip your skin’s natural oils. Also, try not to use super-hot water when showering or bathing since it wicks moisture from skin.

Oily Skin

How to Identify: Your skin is shiny, or you notice a lot of excess oil on your face, neck, shoulders and back. You may feel like you want to wash your face again during midday when oil production is at its peak. Your pores appear larger or get clogged easily, leading to black/whiteheads, pimples or cystic acne.

What to Avoid: Oil-based cleansers, moisturizers and makeup. Your skin can only absorb so much moisture, the rest is left sitting as a residue on the surface of your skin but avoid alcohol-based products or sulfates which can dry out skin.

Combination Skin

How to Identify: Your skin is oily, has larger pores, or breaks out in your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), but is dry or normal on your cheeks and jawline. Your goal is to have balance.

What to Avoid: Alcohol-based products which are too drying. You also don’t want to use any products formulated for oil control or ultra hydration to treat your entire face. Either use separate products to target the oily T-zone and dry areas, or look for something that can restore skin’s balance.

Normal Skin

How to Identify: Your skin is pretty even-keeled, not much – or only occasional – oil, dryness or breakouts which go away quickly. You don’t really experience reactions to products, and your complexion appears balanced.

What to Avoid: Though normal skin is one of the easiest types to care for, it’s also one of the first skin types to show signs of aging. Include some anti-aging and hydrating products in your skincare routine.

Sensitive Skin

How to identify: If your skin is easily irritated, itchy, dry or gets red easily,you have sensitive skin.  People with sensitive skin might also sunburn easily or experience conditions such as eczema.

What to Avoid: Products with lots of synthetic fragrance, heavy dyes or harsh chemicals. Anything that contains ingredients that might inflame potential allergies or irritations.

A good rule is to always do a 24 hour test patch on skin before applying a new product to your entire face. Become best friends with samples, don’t waste your money or time buying a product you ultimately won’t be able to use.

That is it for today, try this and please do not forget to give a feedback. Till next time!

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