Generally speaking, people typically fall into one of four skintypes: normal, dry, oily, or combination. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I have dry skin. Over the years, aestheticians have pointed this out to me at facial appointments. I would always respond with a ‘but I moisturize daily…” and it wasn’t until quite recently that I started to actually address this issue. (I’ll be sharing my skincare regimen soon!) But, simply put, that’s how I found out what my skin type is.
For those of you who don’t know your skin type and don’t feel like getting a facial just to find out, you are in luck! I came across a brilliant Wayne Goss video (as most of his videos are) that gets right to the core of this question with a simple “test”. Here’s the general gist: simply wash and dry your face, as you normally would, and then wait for 30 minutes without applying anything to the skin. The way your skin responds, will tell you what type of skin you have:
- If after 30 minutes,
- your skin appears shiny and feels slick and soft, you likely have oily skin
- your skin appears matte and feels tight and stretched, you likely have dry skin
- your skin appears shiny in some areas (typically the T-zone) and matte in others, you likely have combination skin
- your skin appears neither shiny nor matte and feels neither slick nor tight, you likely have normal skin
Armed with this general knowledge, you can start building up your skincare regimen to address your particular needs. A great resource is Sephora’s Skincare IQ service that you can take advantage of in store. A skincare specialist will go through your concerns and provide a tailored list of skincare options. During this conversation, I’ve always found that the specialists are very willing to make samples or discuss options in different price ranges. Most Sephora SAs are not brand reps, which makes shopping according to your needs, both skincare and budget-wise a lot easier! Also, this is a good time of year to explore any brands you may have been curious about since there are an abundance of gift and mini travel sets available for reduced costs.
Hope I helped in answering this sometimes confusing question. Definitely check out Wayne’s video, it’s a quick but informative watch!