Deciding on a skincare routine for yourself can be a very rewarding experience. Skincare is definitely an important part of self-care, and having healthy, glowing skin can do wonders for your confidence. However, with the insane variety of products available in the market, it can be very tricky to decide which ones to choose. The best way to proceed is by first figuring out your skin type. This will save you a lot of time by narrowing down your choices to just those products that match your skin type. At this point, you might be wondering, “How can I tell what my skin type really is?” Fret not, you’ve definitely come to the right place! Read on to learn how you can determine your skin type at home (all our methods are quarantine friendly, we promise!) and understand which products will suit your skin the best. All the products mentioned can be found on Maccaron so you don’t have to worry about where to buy them.
Before we dive in, it is important to understand that your skin type is not necessarily permanent. Depending on several factors, skin types can change as well. Some of the major factors that determine your skin type include genetics, climate, hormones, allergies, and even your age. It has been commonly seen that those in their teens and early 20s tend to have oilier skin whereas those above the age of 40 have skin that’s on the drier side. You may also need to change your products depending on the season. For example, you might notice that your skin craves extra hydration in the winters.
Some common skin concerns include wrinkles, acne, and hyperpigmentation that can happen to anyone regardless of skin type. There is a common misconception that acne-prone skin is a skin type. This misconception often leads people to use products that don’t actually suit their skin. In reality, acne is merely a skin condition that can affect any skin type, be it oily or dry, but tends to be more common among those who have oilier skin.
Most people also assume that sensitive skin is a skin type when in reality, it is a skin concern. Skin that is sensitive is more prone to redness, irritation, and breakouts, and should be cared for with gentle and fragrance-free products. The COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser 150ml is a great pick as it’s low pH of 5 won’t disturb your skin’s acid mantle.
Understanding Skin Types
1. Oily Skin
Every skin type produces sebum throughout the day to moisturize and protect the skin by forming a barrier. However, those with oily skin tend to produce more sebum than other skin types, causing their face to have a visibly slick sheen. If you frequently feel the need to wash your face or reapply your makeup throughout the day, or if you have noticed large pores, you may belong to this category.
When choosing products for oily skin, opt for lightweight formulas to keep your skin fresh. You can also incorporate products like clay masks to absorb excess oil and chemical exfoliators like COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid 100ml to prevent clogged pores, sebum buildup, and promote cell turnover.
Bear in mind that oily skin requires moisture too, so don’t skip your moisturizer! Stripping your skin of too much moisture will trigger it to overcompensate by producing even more sebum. Trust me, we definitely don’t want that happening.
2. Dry Skin
Dry skin produces less sebum when compared to normal skin, leaving it feeling tight and sometimes irritated as well. Apart from feeling stretched and dehydrated, dry skin tends to appear red and flakey, while feeling slightly rough to the touch. As important as moisture is for every skin type, dry skin requires even more moisturization to protect the skin’s barrier and keep it hydrated and supple. Regularly using a gentle exfoliant such as the Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish 110g is a great way to get rid of the dead skin cells that tend to accumulate as flakes.
Make sure to use a moisturizer that contains a humectant like Hyaluronic acid, as this will help attract moisture into the skin. A moisturizer with a smooth emollient texture is a plus as this will prevent the moisture in your skin from evaporating quickly. The It’s Skin Hyaluronic Acid Moisture Cream 50ml is a great pick to keep your dry skin moisturized and supple.
3. Combination Skin
As the name suggests, combination skin is made of both dry and oily skin combined, distributed over different areas. The t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) is likely to be oilier while the cheeks are relatively dry. It might seem a little tricky at first to pick the right products for combination skin, but we’re sure you’ll figure it out soon enough. You could try treating your t-zone with products meant for oily skin while giving some extra moisture to your cheeks and other drier areas. A light yet nourishing moisturizer like the Benton Snail Bee High Content Lotion 120ml would work perfectly on all parts of your face, saving you the effort of using multiple moisturizers.
4. Normal Skin
Though most people would consider this the “best” skin type, we personally believe that all skin types are equally beautiful. It’s simply a case of some skin types requiring a bit more tender love and care than the others. Though it’s usually easier to handle, normal skin can still face concerns like wrinkles and pigmentation so following a good skincare regime is definitely important. Incorporating double cleansing in your routine is a great way to cleanse your skin and prevent breakouts and other annoying skin problems. The Heimish All Clean Balm 120ml is a perfect choice for all skin types looking for a good oil cleanser.
Determining Your Skin Type
Here are two easy methods that you can use to know your skin type at home:
1. The Bare-Faced Method
Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to get rid of all the dirt and impurities present on it. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel and wait for an hour. Do not apply any skincare products after you wash your face. After an hour, take a close look at your skin and evaluate how it feels.
Try different facial expressions- does your skin feel stretched or tight?
If yes, you might have dry skin.
If your skin looks shiny in certain areas (nose, forehead, chin) then you probably have normal or combination skin.
If your cheeks look shiny as well, you can assume that your skin is probably oily skin. It is absolutely crucial that you use a gentle cleanser as a harsh, drying one will completely mess with the results.
2. The Blotting Sheet Method
Gentle pat a sheet of blotting paper on different parts of your face and hold it up to a light source. If the blotting sheet barely picked up any oil, your skin is probably dry. A blotting sheet with some oil is evidence of normal skin. If this oil was absorbed from areas like the nose and forehead, you probably have combination skin. If your blotting paper is saturated with oil from different parts of your face, it is very likely that you have oily skin.
Congratulations! Now that you have understood how to determine your skin type, you’re one step closer to putting together the best skincare regime for your skin. Regardless of your skin type and concern, you can find all the products you’ll need on Maccaron.
Try Maccaron’s Skincare Survey Quiz to identify which products are best suited for your skin. You’re just a few simple questions away from receiving Maccaron’s expert product recommendations that specifically cater to your skin type and concerns.
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