I will only say this once and I’m seriously hoping it sticks… “the first step to any good skin care routine is knowing your skin type.”, actually, that’s a lie, I’ve said it so many times and it never sticks.
I feel like we’ve all been there before though, you decide to fix up our skincare routine and invest in some new products, and then you get overwhelmed by the number of products available and all the faff marketing words, and immediately enter panic mode and hand over your money to the company with the most attractive looking packaging, or you just crawl into a skincare-free cave because it seems a whole lot easier. So Before you go out looking for the perfect products for your new skincare regime or crawling into your skincare-free cave (please don’t do that), make sure you do this quick little test to figure out what skin type you actually have, believe me, it makes the whole skin care thing a lot easier!
It’s so important to note that you really should not to determine your skin type by just by going off the skin’s appearance. The reality is every skin type can be prone to pimples, as they’re a sign of imbalance (more on that later), so when figuring out your skin type, the tissue method is a super quick and reliable test! In order to figure out your skin type, you need just a couple of things; some pieces of white tissue or paper and your pretty little straight-out-of-bed face!
So first thing in the morning, when you’ve just woken up, without applying any products or washing your face, swipe the pieces of tissue over the different areas of the face i.e the cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Then based on your skin’s reaction to the test as well the amount of oil transferred onto the tissue/paper, you can use the guide below to determine your skin type!
So now that you hopefully know your skin type, here are some little tricks on how to treat your skin type, but don’t worry, I will be posting more in-depth routines and guides for all of the skin types as part of my skincare series.
you’ll want to stick to gentle hydrating products and regular gentle chemical exfoliation to make your skin feel plump and happy and avoid stripping cleansers like gels and foam, instead opt for more oil/balm and cream cleansers. Also, Hyaluronic Acid serums are gonna be your Best Friend, just saying.
Normal and Combination tend to be probably the most low maintenance skin types in existence, lucky you! The most important measure with this skin type is maintaining hydration and a regular skincare routine, also you might be prone to blackheads and whiteheads on your nose or T-zone, this is where Salicylic Acid serums are a lifesaver!
The biggest misconception with oily skin is that you want to reduce oil production by stripping the skin and avoiding the application of oils at all cost, but I cannot stress enough how wrong this is. By stripping the skins natural oils, you actually cause it to overproduce oils, in an effort to protect the skin, making the skin oilier, so instead, try and focus on moisturising and gentle cleansing the skin. Also, applying Natural light-weight Oils like Rosehip at night can be a great way to reset the skins oil production, as it won’t need to excessively produce oil.
After the tissue test your skin might feel like its raging in rebellion (all irritated and uncomfortable) if you have sensitive skin, and for that, I am deeply sorry. So you’ll want to be using gentle skincare products, free of your common irritants and fragrances. Sensitive skin can be high maintenance at times, which is a bit of a bummer, but once you find the right routine and maintain it, it all becomes a breeze.
If you found that you didn’t really get any clarification from this test, I strongly recommend visiting a dermatologist. In fact, if you suffer from any severe skin conditions, including Acne or Rosacea, your best and the probably most effective option is to see a dermatologist as they can offer treatments of higher-strength and efficiency.