Know your skin type

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…….BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO TREAT

Hi beauties! So today’s article is about identify your skin type before choosing your skincare product/s. I started using skincare products about three (3) years ago and since then, let’s just say I became obsessed with the skin and how to care for it.  It’s fascinating how much the beauty industry have grown; with new finding, inventions and solutions to skincare.   Researchers have shown that the first step into beautifying yourself is by knowing your skin.

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After gathering information about your skin, there is no doubt in my mind that you will begin to take better care of your skin. A good skin care routine begins with understanding and identifying your skin type before you begin to treat.  With so many skincare products on the market, it makes it more difficult to choose the RIGHT one and a lot easier to choose the WRONG one.

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Basic skin care routine includes three (4) basic steps; Cleanse, Moisturizing /Polish and Protecting the skin. But how is it done? First we must know what to treat!

DETERMINING THE SKIN TYPE

Try this at home skin test that will help to identifying your skin type, known as the “tissue test”.

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Step 1: Wash your face using a liquid cleanser or cleansing bar

Step 2: Pat dry the skin, enough to absorb the excess water.

Step 3: Wait about two (2) hours, blot your face with one layer of facial tissue

Step 4: Press lightly all over the face and leave for about one minute

Step 5: Carefully remove the paper from the face and examine under natural light

For best results test may be done after waking up in the morning.

Things to look out for:

  • If you see oil throughout the tissue, which seems like transparent spots, you most likely have oily skin
  • If oil appears in the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), you most likely have combination to oily skin
  • If you see very little oil, you have normal skin
  • If you see no oil and the skin feels tight and stretched, you most likely have dry skin
  • If your skin feels irritated in any way, you most likely have sensitive skin

To begin any form of treatment, it is important that you first know your skin type.

Try it and let us know. I am excited to know your result.

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Normal Skin- This skin type is not too dry and not too oily, it has fewer pimples/breakouts, barely visible pores, no severe sensitivity, radiant and vibrant skin and easier to maintain.

Dry Skin– This skin type lacks water as well as oil. It has a tendency to flake really easily. It will also feel extremely tight after cleansing. It is prone to premature aging and can have an overall dull look. The key is moisture, moisture and more moisture!

Oily Skin– This skin type has excessive oil. It can look greasy and shiny. The pores can be large and it may also be prone to acne because of the excess oil that seeps into the pores. The best thing about this skin type is the fact that it is not as susceptible to aging as other skin types are. Products with Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid are the most beneficial for this skin type. We will discuss the benefits of Glycolic acid and Salicylic acid in another blog.

Combination Skin- This skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have combination skin, which may benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas. This is considered the trickiest of them all. Combination skin can produce blackhead, clogged pores, shine in some areas.

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Sensitive Skin-This type of skin can mean different things for different people. It can be caused by various skin conditions such as skin allergies, eczema or rosacea. However, the signs remain the same; itchy, red blotches, breakouts etc. Sensitive skin becomes inflamed and irritated quite easily. It is important that persons with sensitive skin choose the right skin care for sensitive skin.

What’s your skin type and how do you treat it? Share with us

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