Your skin type is determined by how much or how little oil your skin produces. Your diet, medications, environment and skincare regime can affect skin’s oil production.

Basically there are six skin types: normal, oily, dry, sensitive, combination and ageing or sun damaged.

Here’s how you can recognize your skin type to find the best skin care.

NORMAL SKIN

Usually has even texture and tone.

Pores appear small and skin has a healthy glow.

Pimples are rare, but still happen, mostly during younger years.

HOW TO MAINTAIN IT?

If you don’t drink enough water,your skin may dry up and start getting flaky.

Wear sunscreen for overall skin health maintenance and to avoid direct sun exposure

Wash your face every night and make sure to remove your makeup.

Dirt and bacteria from outside can clog pores.

OILY SKIN

In this, skin will look shiny with thick complexion.

Enlarged pores mostly around the nose, forehead and chin.

This skin type may experience more pimples, blackheads and blemishes than other skin types.

Oily hair is also a major clue in recognizing this skin type.

TIPS FOR OILY SKIN

Wash your face twice a day to remove dirt and bacteria.

Eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and avoid oily food.

Exfoliate your skin twice a week.

Applying a thin layer of aloe vera before bedtime and leave it on until morning.

DRY SKIN

Skin will appear scaly and flaky.

It feels tight after cleansing and dry to touch.

People with dry skin may experience red patches.

Dry hands and feet can be an indication of having dry skin.

TIPS FOR DRY SKIN

Moisturize your skin regularly to keep it soft and hydrated.

Don’t spend too much time in the shower.

Pat your skin gently while drying yourself up.

Use humidifier to retain skin’s natural moisture.

SENSITIVE SKIN

Skin will be prone to inflammation, acne, itchy rash.

It tends to be delicate with fine pores.

It may have broken capillaries around nose or on the cheeks.

Using wrong products can lead to rashes or skin irritation.

TIPS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN

Conduct a patch test.

Don’t use a product without testing it on your hand and wait for 24 hours after the test.

Don’t overdo your skincare routine and avoid using too many products to your face.

Always read labels, look for products free from fragrances and paraben preservatives (two common causes of irritation and flare-ups).

COMBINATION SKIN

Most common skin type, has medium sized pores and an oily T-zone (being the forehead, nose and chin).

The rest of the face may have a smooth, even texture or can be noticeably dry.

Blackheads are often found around the nose.

TIPS FOR COMBINATION SKIN

Use cleansers.

Don’t use the same products for your T-zone and rest of your face.

Maintain two separate skincare routines.

Exfoliate gently once in a while.

Choose oil-free sunscreen.

AGEING OR SUN DAMAGED SKIN

Skin will often have fine lines and wrinkles or hyperpigmentation.

Wrinkles usually start around the eyes, mouth and on the forehead.

The skin can appear loose due to loss of elasticity.

TIPS FOR AGEING OR SUN DAMAGED SKIN

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser to preserve your skin barrier.

Protect your skin from trauma.

Use healthy cosmetics.

Drink less alcohol and stop smoking as these things greatly speeds up skin ageing.

Exercise most days of the week to improve circulation, boost up the immune system and give the skin a more youthful appearance in return.

Checkout more such content at: https://gogomagazine.in/category/lifestyle/