Dry, Oily or Combination – How Do You Identify Your Skin Type?

The internet is awash with information about how to take care of your skin, products best suited for your skin and how to deal with skin issues such as acne.

It’s all excellent information, and you won’t go wrong by reading a lot of material on healthy living and taking good care of yourself.

But before you head out to stock up on the best skincare products in Malaysia and start dealing with skin issues, you must know what your skin type is and what the properties of your skin are. Is it dry, oily or a combination type of skin?

Here’s how you can identify your skin type in four easy steps

Feel Your Skin

The texture of your skin gives you a lot of information about its primary nature.

Dry skin often feels tight and dry. It’s not uncommon to find it flacking or cracked. Oily skin usually feels slippery and is shiny. If this is your skin type, you’ll probably see yourself reaching out for a piece of tissue or a wet wipe to clean your face more frequently than others. A mixed, or combination, skin will feel oily around the forehead, nose bridge and chin. The rest of the face will feel dry and tight.

Examine Your Pores

The size of the pores and the frequency of clogging can tell a lot about your skin type. A simple examination of your pores up close to a mirror will give you these insights.

Oily skin types typically have larger pores that tend to clog frequently due to sweat and oils secreted by the body. Dry skin, on the other hand, is characterised by small pores that often feel restricted. Pores on combination skin are usually large and clogged around the nose, chin and forehead but tiny and tight around the cheeks and under the eyes.

Clean your Skin and Feel it

How does your skin feel after you’ve come into contact with a neutral cleanser, such as water?

If your skin feels dry, taut and dehydrated, your skin type is dry skin. If the same feeling occurs but this time, the dryness or dehydration is not spread all over the face but concentrated around your cheeks while the rest of the face feels refreshed and oil free, you have combination skin. Oily skin will feel fresh and oil free for a short while but soon after, the greasy feeling will return.

How often do you Moisturise?

People with dry skin have the highest tendency and urge to keep moisturising their face. They are closely followed by combination skin which tends to moisturise around the cheeks but leave out the “T” area. Finally, there are those with oily skin types who seldom moisturise during the day. They don’t get the urge, and although moisturising is recommended for everyone, people with oily skin rarely moisturise because artificial moisturisers tend to make their skin feel even greasier.

Here’s the bottom line. Whether oily, dry or combination, knowing your skin type is a prerequisite to good skin care. You don’t have to visit a dermatologist to find out what your skin type is, just follow these four steps and you are on your way to skin utopia.

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