Check Your Skin Type

As we all know there are five basic skin types: oily, normal, dry, sensitive and aging skin. It’s very important to know which skin type is your skin, in order to use the right cosmetic products and to know how to take care of your skin properly.

If you want to determine your skin type you should follow the following steps:

  • wash your face
  • take a few pieces of paper
  • press it on different spots on your face
  • The results:
  • if the paper sticks, pick up oily spots or become translucent your skin is oily
  • if the paper doesn’t stick or pick up any oily spots your skin is dry
  • if it sticks on your so called T zone /including forehead, chin and nose/ your skin is normal

Oily skin

Oily skin tends to shine with enlarged pores and unfortunately is prone to blackheads, blemishes and pimples. The oily skin needs special cleansing; you should use special cosmetic products for oily skin (we recommend Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel, Vichy Normaderm Daily Exfoliating Gel, L`oreal Pure Zone) ; always wash your face with hot water, because the hot water dissolves skin oil better than the cold or lukewarm water. It is proved that smoking promotes enlargement of the pores and impairs the overall health of the skin, so it is a good reason to quit smoking. Before applying the makeup, use an antiseptic day cream with active ingredients that diminish sebaceous secretion. The good thing about the oily skin is that it ages at a slower rate than other skin types.

Normal skin

About 75 % of the women have a normal skin. Typical for the normal skin is that it has little pores, even texture and healthy color. If your skin is normal you should cleanse it no more than twice a day, using baby soap or alcohol-free lotions like the Bulgarian rose water. Don’t forget to follow every cleansing with a mild freshener to keep pored tight and to remove the traces of cleanser clinging to the skin. Always use a mild, oil-based moisturizer before applying makeup to help retain the surface moisture.

Sensitive skin

Sensitive skin tends to be thin and delicate. That type of skin is prone to broken capillaries and is frequently allergic. The sensitive skin reacts quickly to both cold and heat. The temperature changes, the cosmetics products, some foods, the sun exposure can cause irritation. If you have sensitive skin avoid hot liquids or foods, extreme temperatures/ sauna, solarium, Jacuzzi/. You should always wear UVA/UVB protection.

Dry skin

Those with dry skin may feel their skin tight and dehydrated. It can appear ashy or dull from the dead skin buildup. Usually the dry skin isn’t serious condition, but it can be uncomfortable and unsightly, turning plump cells into shriveled ones and creating fine lines and wrinkles. It is essential for those with dry skin to moisturize it every day. The moisturizers provide a seal over the skin to keep water from escaping. You can also apply baby oil, if your skin is extremely dry. You should avoid harsh, drying soaps.
We recommend Roc Enydrial Derma-Calming Cleanser, Lancome Hydra Zen Gentle Cream

Aging skin

The aging skin usually feels tight with visible wrinkles and ashen skin tone. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop the aging, but there are many great anti-aging cosmetic products, that make miracles. It’s essential to use a sunscreen every day, because the sun damage is 80% responsible of premature ski n aging. Smoking also causes several adverse effects on the skin and destroys the collagen, which is responsible for keeping the skin elastic, strong and healthy. If you want to slow up the aging process you should drink plenty of water every day and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.

What do you think about this post?

    • nazema wrote:
      i have dry skin also my skin is sensitive i would like to know what type of make up to use

    • Silvia Yaneva wrote:
      Hello dear, In order to keep your skin hydrated and healthy you should always use a moisturizer. Apply it immediately after cleansing the skin. Use make-up products formulated for dry or sensitive skin, most of them are marked with ``dry skin formula``. Also choose non-powder formula. Try to avoid using face powder – it often dehydrates the skin and clogs the pores, leaving the skin even drier. Try the new make-up products of Lancôme; they are formulated especially for sensitive skin. regards,

    • vine wrote:
      ive very very oily natural very light comlexion is now dark due to constant acne.all skin lightening creams make me break out.what products can lighten me without side efects. and i have very deep and enlarged pores

    • Silvia Yaneva wrote:
      Dear Vine, Try: Eucerin Clear Skin Formula Daily Control & Care Moisture Crème – it prevents clogged pores and provides vital oil-free moisturization for a clear and healthy complexion. All Eucerin products are specially designed for sensitive skin and won’t irritate your skin. Clinique Derma White Intense Brightening Complex – it break down the appearance of acne scars and dark spots. Clinique Acne Solution Night Treatment Gel – it works while you sleep and help face the visible signs of past acne breakouts, reduce redness and discomfort. Maybe your skin is hyper-sensitive that’s why you should be very careful with the products you are using. Consult a dermatologist – he/ she may prescribe you some medicines that might help you. Good luck

    • VINE wrote:
      thanks for the quick response to my other question?Silvia u are a darling.will it reduce the appearance of the enlarged pores?and how many shades lighter can i get with the clinique derma white?

    • Silvia Yaneva wrote:
      Dear Vine, There are special skincare products formulated for the pores, but unfortunately they cannot shrink them. These products smooth out and cleanse the skin in deep and the enlarged and clogged pores become less noticeable. Such products for example are Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner and Clinique Pore Minimizer Refining Serum. As for the shades – it depends mainly on the type of your post-acne scars. In some times these acne scars can disappear completely, but in other cases just small red spots may leave behind. Try different brands and products and see what works best for you. Good luck

    • Jojo wrote:
      i still cant define which skin i am . . My beautician said that i have a very very sensitive n dry skin . But i find it oily too . . Cos i've blackheads, pimple ,acne . . . so i'm confuse of type of skin care should i use .

    • khusmita wrote:
      hi i have both oily n dry summer my skin becomes oily n on winter it becomes dry ... n i have acne on my im confused wat to do n how to maintain my skin..

    • vi wrote:
      what about combination skin? that is a skin type toO! any recommendations cause i have an oily t zone and normal other skin, but around my mouth and chin is a bit dry :]

    • jessyline wrote:
      hai dear, im very frustrated with my skin, my skin very itchy sometime and have a white spot.. I dont know what my type skin..before this my skin is dry but now my t zone oily.. Is it combination skin can make my skin alergic or itchy and white spot?pls help me

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