Scientists say skin is the largest organ in the body and from just looking at your body you can tell this is true. The human sin comprises of 3 main layers. However, skin types vary depending on how little or how much your skin produces oil. Other factors such as genes, hormonal fluctuations, diet, medication, stress level and the skin regimen you use determine the amount of oil your body will produce. Hence, while you may do little to determine your skin type, it is possible to influence how it looks. Here are great tips for finding out about your skin type:
Find Your Skin Type
1. The skin test
To determine your skin type, skin care professionals recommend you take the skin test. To do this, you need to follow the steps carefully. First, wash your face clean and dry it with your towel. Take a piece of lens cleaning paper or rice paper and press it against various parts of your face. If your skin is oily, the paper will pick up the oil, stick and become translucent. If your skin is dry, the paper will not pick up oily sports and will not stick. You likely have a combination skin if the paper sticks on your forehead, chin and nose only.
2. Oily skin
In general, oily skin appears to be shiny especially in the T-zone area, which is from the forehead, down your nose and chin. People with oily skin are highly prone to breakouts or blackheads due to overproduction of sebaceous glands. The advantage of this skin type is that it is good when aging since it maintains the skin plump preventing wrinkles from forming.
3. Dry skin
If you have dry skin, it will feel tight particularly after cleaning. Dry skin has a tendency towards red patches, flaking or fine wrinkles. In people of color, dry skin will appear dull or ashy from buildup of dead skin. Dry skin needs you to take special care of it. It is best to use heavy cleaners and to exfoliate weekly. You may also use a humidifier in your bedroom and office to prevent the skin from drying out.
4. Combination skin
This skin type is also known as the normal skin type. The majority of women fall under this category. Some skin experts estimate that up to 70% of women have this skin type. This skin type means you have both drier cheeks and an oily T-zone with a few dry patches on different spots on your face.
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