Skin Type

Before you start a skincare program, it is important to identify the type of skin you have. Bear in mind that the condition of the skin changes week by week and month by month and can alter dramatically over the course of a lifetime, so be prepared to vary your routine to match your current complexion. For instance, the skin produces more sebum at certain times of the month, and this will affect the oiliness of the skin.

Test to determine your skin type

Before you wash your face in the morning, press a large open tissue against your face, holding it in place for a few moments. Now hold the tissue up to the light. If it is completely clean, your skin is dry and possibly sensitive. If there is a trace of sebum, your skin is normal. If there is a clear T-shaped imprint of sebum from the nose and forehead you have combination skin. A complete print of your face is a sign of oily skin.

Each person's skin is individual but tends to fall into one of four main types; dry skin, oily skin, combination skin or sensitive skin, depending on the level of activity of the sebaceous glands. Your skin type will determine the texture of your skin and what kind of skin care routine you need.

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