Seems pretty simple hey? Well you’d be amazed how many people have no idea what their skin type is, or who have it wrong.
Lets start off saying there’s 4 different skin types; dry, oily, sensitive, and mature.
Mature is relatively obvious and can be seen in anyone 35+ (sometimes older for those of you in your later 30’s who still look incredibly youthful!) This can be determined by sun spots and wrinkles – the two primary signs of aging. Skin has a large chance that it will be dehydrated deeply.
Sensitive can be determined by red skin that is easily aggravated. Products will often bother the skin. Rosacea and broken capillaries fall under this category. People with sensitive skin should AVOID products for oily skin types as they are very strong and will cause irritation.
Now oily and dry. You think they’d be simple to determine, however they often get slightly mixed.
For oily and dry skin I’ll get you to do the hydration test. Push lightly on your outer cheeks in an upward direction. Do this in the inner cheeks as well. On the forehead lightly pinch laterally, and vertically pinch lightly by the eyes. If you don’t see any lines your skin is well hydrated. If your skin produces crepe paper like lines your skin is superficially dehydrated. This means the product you are using is drying your skin. It may also mean that you aren’t using products, or that you don’t drink enough water.
Lastly, if you see deep, obvious lines your skin is deeply dehydrated. This means that you are definitely using the wrong products, your body is lacking hydration, and is also a sign of aging.
If you have superficially or deeply dehydrated skin, you fall under the dry skin category. Yes, even if you feel you have oily skin, the first thing you need to work on is your hydration. If your skin feels oily yet you still find lines in your skin it means your sebaceous glands are over producing to compensate for lack of oils in the skin.
If your skin is oily you shouldn’t see any lines in the skin, it will be supple and may be acneic. A bonus about oily skin is that it is the last type of skin to age since it has so much hydration.
Hopefully that helps you out, now you can follow the proper skin care routines.