How to determine your skin type
Everyone has their own unique skin type. While there are a few things that every skin type should include in their routine, where things differ is usually in frequency of using certain products and occasionally certain skin types may have other products to consider.
Today we are going to cover the 4 different skin types, how to tell which one you have, routines for each skin type as well as good things to know if you have a certain skin type.
What all skin types can do for better skin
Drinking lots of water is good for every skin type. According to a survey 80% of Americans don’t drink enough water, while 43% of people said that not being thirsty was the number one reason why they didn’t drink more water.
That’s pretty staggering, for a majority of people reading this, simply drinking more water each day is going to clear up blemishes, hydrate your skin and help promote a more glowing complexion.
Normal skin is pretty easy to identify, if you find your skin often has the right amount of moisture without any excessive product use and does not feel tight or elastic. If you have normal skin you probably haven’t had too many skin related issues, but it’s always good to maintain the health of your skin even in good times because as you age you become more likely to have to deal with problems regarding aging skin.
How to take care of normal skin
- Wash your face 1-2 times a day
- Use a serum to maintain youthful skin
- Moisturize in the morning and at night
This skin type is pretty straight forward, make sure when you’re performing this routine to go in the exact order to maximize the benefits as going serum last will leave your skin dry. A good rule of thumb is to always end a skin routine using a moisturizer.
The main indicator of dry skin is if your skin feels tight when the muscles in your face expand. For example if you feel a firm tightness when you raise your eyebrows or smile.
How to take care of dry skin
The most effective way to help dry skin is pretty straightforward: use a moisturizer.
But it’s not just that simple. Moisturizers work best when they can get absorbed into the base layer of your skin to lock in moisture already on your face.
Where a lot of people make mistakes is when they wait too long after the get out of the shower to moisturize and their skin fully dries out.
This skin type is typically the most prone to skin related problems. To identify oily skin, you’ll notice enlarged pores that are visible looking like stippling on the face.
These enlarged pores are often accruing a lot of shine throughout the day even if you are actively trying to keep your face dry.
This skin type is the most prone to acne and buildup of blackheads.
What can you do to help oily skin?
Don’t touch your face. Your fingers are full of oil, so if you’re trying to minimize the oiliness of your face it’s in your best interest to not touch your face as much as possible: whether that be leaning on your hand as support for your head or stroking your chin when you ponder a thought, these subtle actions have a big effect on your skin.
How to take care of oily skin
Use a toner. A toner removes excess oils and dead skin cells that are left behind after you’ve washed your face, not only that but it restores the natural PH balance your face has which can be thrown off by other products in a skincare routine.
Be sure to find a toner that is astringent free or at least lower in alcohol levels. While alcohol is effective at removing moisture, it tends to be a bit too much and leaves your skin on the opposite side of the spectrum being too dry. Not only that, but when your face is that dry your body is naturally going to signal it to create more oil if its too dry, so try to find a more gentle cleanser without as much or no alcohol.
Combination skin is characterized by having dry or normal skin on the cheek areas but in the “t-zone” the nose, forehead and chin areas are more shiny.
How to take care of combination skin
Taking care of combination skin is simply doing spot treatment of the affected areas. For the dry spots, be sure to moisturize and for the oily areas avoid touching them and grab a cotton ball and dab the oily areas with a toner.
No matter what your skin type is, finding a solution to a consistent skincare routine is going to give you the best chance for retaining your youth and letting your skin look it’s best. If you’re just getting started with skincare check out some of our men’s skincare bundles to help you get started/