What is your skin type?

 Knowing your skin type or what category your skin falls into is very important as it determines how you should care for your skin. There are basically five general categories: oily, combination/normal, sensitive, dry, aged or sun damaged. You should be aware that your skin type may change over time and may respond differently in different seasons or different climates, so you should periodically re-check your skin now and then.

Knowing which category your skin fits into can be determined by doing a simple test.

 Quick Test

1. First, you wash and pat dry your face but do not add moisturizer.

2. Wait about 15 minutes and then by using a piece of rice paper of lens cleaning tissue, press the tissue on various areas of your face.

3. Examining the tissue, you will see the tale tells signs of your skin type.

 Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, the tissue will either stick to your skin or else will pick up oily spots all over the tissue and become
 translucent. Other signs of oily skin are visible pores and the skin usually has a sheen (shiny) to it. If you are having oily
 skin, you need to wash your face more often.

 Combination/ Normal Skin

Combination skin occurs when the T-Zone is oily, but the rest of your face is not. In reality, combination skin is actually the
 most common skin type with about 70% of people having combination skin. Characteristics : medium pores, smooth
 even texture, good circulation, good color, often tends towards dryness on cheeks and may be oily in the T-Zone

 Dry Skin

If there is no oil and the tissue ends up totally blotch free, then you have dry skin. Characteristics: Dry skin is usually tight
 and the facial pores are very small. The skin usually has fine wrinkles, flaking, red patches. In the case of colored skin,
 the skin may appear ashy or dull.

Two other specialized skin types that cannot be determined by the simple quick test are sensitive skin and aged or sun damaged skin.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is very thin and delicate with fine pores. Sensitive skin which flushes easily, is prone to broken capillaries,
 and is very often allergenic and tends to easily develop rashes.

Aged or Sun Damaged Skin

The skin is usually tight, there are visible wrinkles, the skin tone is slack especially around the cheeks and jaw line and
 often there are broken capillaries. Sun damaged skin usually has a leathery texture to it!

 The T Zone

The area across your forehead and down the center of your face is called the T-Zone.  This area is differentiated from the other areas of your face because the percentage of oil glands in this area tends to be higher.