Knowing your skin type is the first step in caring for it. There are all kinds of skin care products from cleansers to moisturisers and so on. If you do not know your skin type, you will keep changing from one brand to the other with no results but further damage to your skin.
If a product for oily skin is used for dry skin, it’s going to strip the little oil that is suppose to moisturise the dry skin, and if a product for dry skin is used for oily skin, it will cause it to produce more oil thereby clogging the pores and causing pimples.
To determine your skin type is not a complex affair at all. One of the easiest way of carrying out this test is to wipe your face with a clean tissue as soon as you wake up in the morning.
Here is what people with different skin type will find out with this test:
Normal skin type: The tissue is oil-free and your face feels as elastic and supple as ever.
Dry skin type: The tissue is oil-free but your facial skin feels dry and tight.
Oily skin type: The tissue has oily spots and your face looks oily especially the nose and forehead areas.
Sensitive skin type: Those who have this skin type do not usually need the tissue-test to figure this out. That’s because sensitive skin reacts poorly to several things: harsh sunlight, dehydration, many creams/shampoos/cosmetics, even the weather.
Combination skin type: The tissue has oil traces when you wipe your nose, forehead or chin but it’s clean when you wipe your cheeks.
About the Writer: Jane is the author of the blog, www.mumclubnaija.com, which is a blog centred around single women and mums generally. She loves giving women fashion, beauty and health tips.