The first step in properly caring for your skin is to identify what type of skin you currently have. There are five major types of skin and the test below is your first step in proper skin care.
THE SKIN TYPE TEST
Wash your face, pat it dry and take a few pieces of rice paper or lens-cleaning tissue paper and press on different spots on your face. If you can’t find rice paper or lens-cleaning tissue you can use blot sheets (for oily skin). If your skin is oily, the paper will stick/pick up oily spots and become translucent. If the paper does not stick or pick up any oily spots, your skin is dry. If it sticks in your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) then you have combination (or normal) skin.
THE DIFFERENT SKIN TYPES
OILY: Oily skin tends to be shiny with enlarged pores, and is prone to blackheads and blemishes. You might experience some tightness. If you have oily skin, the paper will have spots of facial oil on it, corresponding to the areas of your cheeks, nose, and forehead. Oily skin is problematic – it usually looks greasy, thick, coarse, and shiny, has enlarged pores, and tends to break into acne.A good thing, though, is that oily skin is not prone much to aging and wrinkling. Careful cleaning, minimizing of carbohydrate consumption, and avoiding rich creams can be helpful in improving the quality of oily skin.
NORMAL: If your skin belongs to a normal type, the tissue will not reveal any traces of oil. Your skin should feel vibrant, elastic, and supple. Normal skin is the least problematic type.It looks clean and smooth and has a good circulation and healthy complexion. Even with a minimum care, it will look good well into your advanced age.
COMBINATION: If your skin is combination, like that of most women, the tissue will have traces of oil coming from your nose and forehead, but will be clean in the areas that touched your cheeks.Combination skin has patches of both dry and oily skin, and it requires different types of care in relation to the particular facial areas. Dry zones, which are usually located on the cheeks and around the eyes, should be treated with rich creams and moisturizers, while oily areas, usually on the forehead and nose, will benefit from frequent and thorough cleaning.
SENSITIVE: Sensitive skin tends to be thin, delicate with fine pores. It flushes easily, is prone to broken capillaries, is frequently allergic and can be rashy.Sensitive skin is usually very dry, tends to feel tight, and becomes inflamed and irritated easily. Typically, sensitive skin develops reddish and scaly areas, can be itchy and tingly, and is prone to breaking into spots. It is the most problematic and fragile , which needs a very special type of care. To get the right body products for this too requires great research.
DRY: If your skin is dry, the paper will be clean, too, but your face skin will feel flaky, dry, and tight after you have wiped it.Dry skin can easily develop a sallow tone, wrinkles, and fine pores, and it is very prone to aging and irritating. It might still look great on a young person, but, to keep it healthy, you should apply thorough care and use regular skin or beauty treatment with natural masks and moisturizers. Dry skin feels tight, especially after cleansing. You have a tendency towards fine wrinkles, flaking and red patches. In dark skinned women, skin may appear ashy or dull from dead skin buildup.
So............these are the 5 types of skin and their explanations. Having read through, what type of skin do you have?