Finding your skin type
29 May 2012
When looking at skin care products and clinic skin treatments you will often see indications of what 'type' of skin they are suitable for. If you are wondering what type of skin you have, there is a simple way to find out. Just wipe your face with a clean paper tissue as soon as you wake up in the morning.
You will not see any oily traces on the tissue. Your skin is smooth and supple with no flakes and is the easiest to maintain and care for.
There is again no oil on the tissue, but your skin feels flaky, dry and tight. You have dry skin that is prone to showing the signs of ageing. A moisturising regime will help to keep it feeling and looking good.
There are spots of oil on the tissue paper you will see that your forehead, cheeks and nose left most of the oil. Your skin can be prone to acne and look greasy, but you are less likely to develop wrinkles. A careful cleaning regime designed for oily skin can help to minimize the oil.
There are spots of oil, but also areas of your skin that feel dry and flaky. You will need to treat each area differently, moisturising the dry areas and using oil-reducing products on the oily areas.
Any of the above types of skin may also be 'sensitive' meaning that your skin is prone to spots, tightness and reactions to ingredients in many products. Your skin easily becomes inflamed and some areas may be reddish or scaly.
Your skin type is not the only factor that should inform your choice of procedures and treatments. If you have skin conditions or sun damage that a skin scan has shown up, you might find that certain options designed for your overall skin type are not as suitable for you. A professional can advise you if you have any concerns.