So, the other day, I asked everyone on Instagram (@mybutterbarskincare) if they knew their skin type. Some folks stayed silent, while other threw out boast of "Dry skin!" and "Combo skin- ugh!".
While the response was fantastic and fun to see all the different skin types that folks were describing for themselves, I wondered, does everyone REALLY know what their skin type is?
I mean, it seems like a little thing, but the truth is, not knowing your skin type can set you up for skincare failure- BIG TIME!!! I mean, what if you think your skin type is a combination, but it's just that your skin is dehydrated and you have an oily skin type? Or if you think you have dry skin, but it is normal, but you are just using the wrong moisturizer? You could be wasting precious time and dollars trying to find a solution to a problem you don't even have!
I don't know about you, but I don't have time or money to waste on treating skin issues that I don't have or buying products that aren't addressing my exact skin type. So, I'm about to help you save both time, and money by helping you determine your skin type once and for all! Here is what you need to do:
1. Wash Your Face With a Gentle Skin Cleanser
Make sure that you pat skin dry (do not rub your skin dry) and that the cleanser you use is not oil-based, as this will throw off your results.
2. Wait For 1 Hour
Just chill for an hour. Don't touch your face or do anything crazy. Don't work up a sweat either!
3. Dab Your Face With a Tissue
A fresh, new tissue. You want it to be clean and unruffled, so you can see any oil that may come off onto it.
4. Now- Determine Your Skin Type!
- Normal skin shows neither oil nor flaking skin. It should feel supple and smooth. If you have it, consider yourself blessed!
- Oily skin is characterized by the grease on the tissue. It is also common for a person with oily skin to have large pores and a shine.
- Dry skin may feel taut or show flakes of dead skin. It is associated with small pores. Moisturizing is important for this skin type, as well as exfoliation.
- Combination skin is most common. It exhibits traits of all three of the above skin types. Usually, the skin is oily in the T-zone and normal to dry elsewhere.
5. Other "Special" Skin Types
- Sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, your face reacts easily to regular skin products. This means that when you use regular skin products, your face will get red, itchy, or a rash could form.
- Acne-Prone skin. Even if you're not a teenager, you may still get pimples/acne, especially if you have an oily skin type. If you have acne-prone skin, look around for a good acne product.
So, now we have helped you determine your skin type, you can decide on the best skin regimen for you and stop wasting time and money!
We'll be writing a blog to talk about each individual skin type in the upcoming week! Stay tuned beauties...2017 is going to be a BEAUTIFUL year!