What Is My Skin Type?

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What Is My Skin Type?

It's no secret that all skin types can benefit from daily cleansing and moisturizing. The real skill is knowing your skin type and its needs. The different skin types include oily, dry, normal, combination, and sensitive skin, and knowing which category you fall into can help you care for it and achieve your skincare goals. A simple look in the mirror can usually provide the answer. By understanding your skin type, you can make informed decisions to protect your skin now and for years to come.

Finding your skin type is simpler than you think. There are two tests you can perform at home and doing them can give you an excuse to relax a little longer than usual. What are you waiting for? In as little as 30 minutes, you can figure out your skin type and be on your way to better self-care.

To learn your skin type, you'll need to know the characteristics of each kind. The breakdown is below:

Oily skin produces more sebum. This gives your skin a glossy shine and visible pores. If it seems like your face is always glowing and you’re reaching for blotting sheets a few times throughout the day, your likely dealing with oily skin. If you have oily skin, you may notice enlarged pores, acne blemishes, and more prone to acne breakouts frequently.

Dry skin typically appears dull and often feels tight. You never want your skin to be dry as it's more prone to showing visible lines and wrinkles. If your skin feels itchy, that is a clear sign your likely dealing with dry skin. The dryness you see and feel is caused by a lack of oil in the skin and a sign your skin needs more moisture.

Normal skin is the happy medium we all aim for. It's neither dry nor oily. People with normal skin generally have smaller pores that are less noticeable, and their skin has a smooth texture. Normal skin is less prone to acne and blemishes. If we all had normal skin, life would be a lot simpler.

Combination skin is a mix of dry and oily. Typically, the T-Zone is oily, and the cheeks can either feel tight (dry) or normal.

Sensitive skin does not just mean one thing. Sensitive skin can be sensitive and dry, sensitive and oily; however, it is more delicate. Sensitive skin can be itchy or red, and the sensitivity can be caused by external irritants or can be triggered by certain ingredients that don't work well for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to determine what causes the triggers and avoid products with specific ingredients that rub your skin the wrong way.

If these descriptions weren’t enough to help you find your skin type, there are two tests you can do at home.

One test is the waiting game; the other is with blotting sheets. The waiting game at home basically means sit back, relax and time will tell. The test involves you washing your face with a gentle cleanser and patting it dry. Our advice is to relax and hang out for 30 minutes and then peek in the mirror. If your skin appears to be shiny all over, you likely have oily skin. If after 30 minutes your face feels very tight and feels or looks flaky, you’re probably dealing with dry skin. If portions of your face are oily such as your T-Zone, but your cheeks feel tight, that's a sign of combination skin. If your skin feels and looks content, not shiny, and feels hydrated, you're lucky to have normal skin.

The second test happens at the 30 minute mark as well. After washing your face and waiting for 30 minutes, reach for the blotting sheets. Grab a sheet and press it against your skin to various areas of your face. Hold the sheets up to the light so you can check for oil absorption. If the sheets reveal heavy oil stains, you have oily skin. If there is little to no oil, you probably have dry skin. If only certain spots of your face products oil marks on the blotting sheets, you have combination skin, and if you only see minimal oil from all areas of the face, you most likely have normal skin.

Once you know your skin type, you'll be more informed on caring for your skin. We all need to clean and moisturize; however, knowing your skin type can help you find products that cater to your skin and fight potential issues without causing more problems in the future. 

The end goal is to care for your skin the right way today, so your future skin is where it needs to be. Happy and healthy. Cobalt will always be there to keep your skin in the game and looking its best!

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