Identify Your Skin Type

Updated: May 30, 2021

Ever wondered what your skin type is? If yes, you have taken the first step towards having a healthy complexion. Getting to know your skin type is your first step to create a flawless routine with products that properly fit you.

There are four skin types in total;

1- Normal Skin

Characteristics:

Do you feel like your skin is radiant and plumped? Is your face glowy but not oily or dry? Congrats! You have the best skin type out there and the easiest to maintain!

Normal skin produces the right amount of oil to keep it soft and plumped, yet not oily.

Tips:

Make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, wash your face once or twice a day, and keep it moisturized; especially during wintertime. Normal skin tends to dry out as you get older, so take good care of it to slow down the process.


2- Dry Skin

Characteristics:

Dry skin lacks elasticity, feels tight, and looks scaly, dull, and flaky. It's dry throughout the day and gets worse in cold weather, polluted, and dry areas. It’s more likely to show early wrinkles and fine lines due to its lack of moisture as it doesn’t secrete enough sebum.

Tips:

Keeping yourself hydrated inside-out is your way to be friends with this skin type. Wash your face with a gentle face wash once or twice daily, apply your moisturizer, lock the gained moisture in with the help of face oils, and don’t forget to drink 8-12 cups of water daily.

NUT Botanicals recommends looking for products containing humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid and to get away from drying alcohols, artificial fragrances, and sulfates.


3- Oily Skin

Characteristics:

It might sound like a nightmare, but oily skin is not that bad!

Your face secretes more sebum than usual, making it look greasy and shiny. The increased sebum production protects your face from aging and decreases its signs like wrinkles and fine lines, however, if you don’t take good care of it, the increased sebum may get trapped in your pores creating blackheads.

Tips:

Start your skincare routine by washing your face with your favorite face wash to get rid of the excess oil on your skin. Having oily skin doesn't mean you shouldn't moisturize it! Make sure to choose lightweight moisturizers and to apply oil-control products. Keep away from heavy oils and comedogenic butter that can make your skin look greasy and facilitate blackheads formation. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week and apply a deep cleansing clay mask.


4- Combination Skin

Characteristics:

You can describe this skin type as a mix-and-match. You have two different types on your skin. Your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) is most likely on the oilier side while your cheeks are drier than the rest of your face.

Tips:

Treat each area differently and separately based on its type. Moisturize and hydrate your cheeks with a rich moisturizer while applying lightweight products and oil-absorbent masks to your T-zone. Stay hydrated, and apply your oil-control products.

What about sensitive and acne-prone skin? Aren't they considered skin types?

Thankfully, they are not! Let’s leave the myths behind and realize that both are skin conditions that can be present with any of the mentioned skin types. Having sensitive and acne-prone skin means you have to take extra care when choosing your skincare products and to take more time knowing your no-go ingredients.


The bottom line is, every skin type has its own beauty as long as you take good care of it. Make sure to stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and always remember that beauty comes from within. So, be careful of what you drink and eat as it will incredibly affect your skin. Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen daily all year long!


If you have any questions regarding your skin type, don't hesitate to write them in the comment section down below!

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