After the boom in the natural beauty people have been going gaga over skincare products. But not everyone knows what’s best for their skin. Before buying any skincare products you must first know what’s best for your skin and before that you must know what your skin type is. 

People usually distinguish skin type into two i.e. oily and dry but little do you know that there are in total four skin types - oily, dry, normal and combination. Though Sensitive is also referred to as a skin type, yet you can have oily sensitive skin, dry sensitive skin as well as normal sensitive skin. Therefore; not many people keep it added on their skin type list.

Here we will let you know the difference between all skin types and how to find your own skin type. 

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Various Skin Types 

Dry skin is mainly as the name suggests dry. It is dull in nature and may become rough, flaky or even a bit sandy or scaly. You must have seen people with dry skin when you drag down you nail and it will create a white mark on it. Dry skin often feels tight or less elastic; it is often prone to showing visible lines and can at times also get itchy or irritated in major conditions.

Oily skin produces an excess of a chemical called sebum that is what causes the skin to appear shiny and greasy—especially in the main T-Zone i.e. forehead, nose and chin. A person with oily skin is also prone to having an oily scalp. People with oily skin may have enlarged pores and are more susceptible to develop acne blemishes and acne breakouts.

Combination skin as the name suggests is both oily and dry. It has areas where the skin is excessively oily and some areas which are extremely dry. People with combination skin have an oily T-Zone area while their cheeks are either dry or normal. 

Normal skin is basically balanced and is neither dry nor oily. This type of skin is not prone to immediate breakouts, flakiness or greasiness. The pores of this skin type are generally small and the texture is smooth. They are less likely to be prone to any sensitivity or blemishes.

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There are mainly two methods that people use to determine skin types which you can easily try at home.

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The Bare Face Method

Before you try the bare-faced method you first need to properly wash your face with a cleanser. Now all you have to do is leave your skin bare as it is without the application of any moisturisers, serums etc. After 30 minutes, examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. If your skin feels tight especially if you smile your skin is most likely to be dry. If there is a lot shine on your face; like your cheeks, forehead and nose area then you are most likely have oily skin. If there is slight oiliness in T-zone area are slightly dry cheeks then you are most likely to have combination skin. If there is not a lot of difference in your skin and just mild changes then you are most likely to have a normal skin type.

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The Blotting Sheet Method

Unlike the bare face method this is way faster. All you need is a blotting paper and pat it on different areas of your face. Hold the sheet up to the light source to se how much oil is on the sheet . If the sheet no oil you are most likely have dry skin. If the blotting sheet shows oil mainly from the forehead and nose region then your skin is most likely to be combination. If the blotting paper has a lot of oil residue on it then you are most likely to have oily skin. And lastly if your blotting paper has minimal oil and is mainly balanced then you have normal skin.

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