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How to determine your skin type: a simple and free way

Yulia PoteriankoLady
Just wash your face and wait a bit. Source: Created with the help of AI

Whether you're looking for an effective facial or for the right makeup products, you need to know your skin type. And as it turns out, it's quite easy to determine.

Dr. Shereene Idriss, a dermatologist from New York, shared this test on her TikTok. You can easily do it yourself without the use of additional equipment or any special tools.

The test itself may be slightly uncomfortable, but this discomfort will not last long and will eventually allow you to save a lot of money on cosmetics. So, all you need to do is wash your face, dry it with a towel, and do nothing else with your skin for 30 minutes.

If after this time your face feels rough and flaky, then you have dry skin. It doesn't produce enough oil to meet its own moisture needs.

If you see a distinct shine on your face after 30 minutes, then your skin is oily. In this case, you need to regulate sebum production.

There is a third option. The middle of the face can get a distinct oily sheen, while the rest of the face is dry and tight. This happens if you have combination skin.

Finally, Shereene told us about a specific case of skin condition. If half an hour after washing your face it remains completely clean and you feel tight, then your skin is dehydrated. This is not the same as dry skin: it can be both dry and dehydrated or oily and dehydrated. The problem here is not sebum production but the fact that your body tissues lack water and you need to adjust your water intake. Thus, it is a condition, not a skin type.

"And finally, there is no such thing as 'normal skin,' especially for women," Idriss said. "Especially if you are a woman and constantly experience hormonal fluctuations. Within a month, your skin condition will change along with the balance of hormones."

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