Do you know your skin type? That’s the first step to understanding the best skin care products and treatments, but skin type is not always easy to detect. Skin texture changes with time. Lifestyle, food, changing health, hormones and weather conditions affect skin tone too. Here’s some vital information from experts at Kaloya Skin Care to help you determine your skin type.
Simple Tests to Determine Your Skin Type
You may be aware that your skin is the largest organ in your body. Treat it with gentle care so it serves you well for years to come. Harsh chemical-laden cleansers and treatments that are commonly used to treat oily skin can make it more oily. Similarly, thick moisturizers can deplete natural oils, making your skin excessively dry. You need PH balanced options that give you a healthy glow. Take one of these simple tests to see where you fit in.
Face Cleansing: Use a mild cleanser to clean your face thoroughly. Gently pat it dry. Do not reach out for any serum or moisturizer, even if it feels dry. 30 minutes later, take a good look at your skin. Examine your cheeks, nose, forehead and chin for any shine. After another 30 minutes, see how you feel.
Dry skin: Does your skin feel tight? Is it hard to smile, frown or laugh without discomfort? If you find yourself nodding, you most likely have dry skin.
Normal or Combination Skin: If there’s a shine on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), you may have normal or combination skin.
Oily Skin: If the T-zone shines as much as the C-zone (cheeks), you will know you have oily skin.
Blotting Paper: If you are rushed for time to get the results, this method may work faster. Pat a blotting paper on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Hold it up to the light to see the results. Do you see an oily sheen? Is there any visible difference between the sheen from different parts of your face? If there is little to no oil on the paper, you may have dry skin. If the sheen from your T-zone is more than the C-zone, you may have normal or combination skin. If there are oily patches over the blotting paper, you know you have oily skin.
Different Treatments for Different Skin Types
Dry Skin: It is common for dry skin to feel tight, especially in hot summers or cold winters when humidity is low. You may notice flakes too. Dehydration is a common reason for dry skin. Stay hydrated with water, fresh fruit juices and soups. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking. These can dry out the skin further and age skin before time. Exfoliate daily with non-abrasive cleansers that do not strip the skin of its surface oil. Dry skin flakes can create a barrier, preventing serums from being absorbed fully into the skin. Exfoliation removes the dead skin after which a gentle moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid or glycerine can be applied for hydration and smoothness.
Normal or Combination Skin: It is common for those with normal skin to feel dry on the cheeks. This is why you need a moisturizer that retains moisture in the required areas. Oily moisturizers can make normal skin prone to breakouts in the T-zone. Exfoliate gently on a daily basis and apply gel-like moisturizers that are absorbed quicker without leaving an oily sheen.
Oily Skin: If you have oily skin, we have good news for you. It looks younger for longer. This is because oily skin is more supple and less prone to wrinkles. Use an enzymatic exfoliator to promote cell regeneration, prevent oil buildup and balance the tone and texture. If you are prone to acne breakouts, use an exfoliator with anti-bacterial properties to prevent and heal the skin.
Sensitive Skin: If your skin is prone to inflammation or irritation after using skin care serums and cosmetics, select brands with care. Patch test new products on your forearm or behind the ears to watch for flare-ups before you proceed to use them. Select non-irritating products for sensitive skin and stay away from harsh chemicals.
For any further query on skin treatments, schedule an appointment with our experts at Kaloya Skin Care.
Kaloya Skin Care: Assess and Treat Skin Conditions Professionally for Best Results
Our facial skin care and treatments begin with an advanced skin analysis and professional diagnosis using modern skin analysis scanners. These advanced tools are equipped with safe ultra-violet (UV), polarized light and fluorescent imaging to reveal skin impurities, blemishes, pigmentation, localized congestion and dehydrated areas beyond what the naked eye can see. After diagnosis, we provide intensive treatments, targeting affected areas to balance out skin tone and texture. See the difference when you trust our cutting-edge technology and trained skin specialists.