Basic Skin Care, Part Three: Skin Typing

Basic Skincare, Part Three: Skin Type

 *Written by Rachel Smith. Edited by Casey Martin. 


We have covered cleansing and exfoliation but have only briefly touched on skin type, even though knowing and understanding your skin type is really the first step in basic skin care. As we’ve discussed before, your skin type falls into one of four general categories: normal, oily, dry, or combination. Along with these skin types, you may also have a condition such as sensitive skin, acne prone skin, sun damaged, dehydrated, or aging skin.

There are several methods you can use to help figure out your skin type. The most common would probably be the ‘pore size’ typing. If you look next to your nose and can visibly and easily see pores that stay the same size across your cheeks and to the sides of your face, this is classic oily skin. If you see pores next to your nose but they fade and get smaller as you observe outward past your cheeks, this is combination skin. If you see small pores when you look hard, you probably have normal skin. And if you see no pores, you most likely have dry skin. Remember, dry skin is lack of OIL, not water, which is a direct correlation to pore size. So if your pores are more on the invisible side, less oil is able to make it to the surface to protect the skin or give it any suppleness. This is why classic dry skin looks smooth but is actually ‘rough to the touch’.

Still not quite sure? You could also try the ‘bare-faced method’. The idea is to wash your face with a mild cleanser (baby shampoo, anyone?), pat dry with a clean cloth, then wait 45-60 minutes without touching your face or applying any products. Afterward, check your skin closely for any signs of tightness, dullness, or shine. True oily skin will be obviously shiny in the T-zone area (across the forehead, down the nose and chin), as well as on the cheeks and maybe even down the jawline into the neck area. Combination skin will have oil mainly in the T-zone with the cheeks being soft to the touch, but not oily, and you might even have a slight tightness in that area. If your skin doesn’t feel tight when you smile or if you notice a minimal sheen in your nose or forehead area, you have most likely been blessed with a normal skin type. Dry skin will have no oil and tends to have a sense of tightness all over, possibly not long after the 30-45 minute mark.

Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing moisturizers and SPFs as well as the common skin conditions and how to start a healing routine for them. Stop by our instagram page (@pinupspa_boutique) to let us know what you think or leave a question that you would like addressed! And’re already a goddess, start treating yourself like one!

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