how to know skin type

How to know your skin type in 3 steps

Here's how to find out your skin type in 3 steps and tips on how to care for and pamper your skin the way it deserves.

We are often bombarded with thousands of advertising messages about new treatments, novel ingredients or formulas that promise almost instant rejuvenation.

However, starting to buy without knowing exactly what effect the ingredient or formula is going to have on you is a mistake, because the benefits you can get may be truncated because your skin does not accept the ingredient well.

There are different types of skin, each with its own particular needs and care that must be respected if we want a smooth, clean and moisturised complexion. And here comes the big problem for most people: they don't know what type of skin they have, or they don't know how they should act according to their skin type. 

But you are here to find out in just 3 steps what skin type you have and then you can wisely choose the treatment that suits you best. Just follow the steps, choose one of the options and you'll discover your skin type in no time.

Pay attention!

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First step: basic cleaning

It's simple: just wash your face with water and most importantly: do not apply any product.

Why? Because whether you apply soap, scrub or explicit cleanser, you are already conditioning the skin to a certain condition.

If you only wash it with water, your skin will be in its natural state without any gimmicks. So, as soon as it dries, it will start to act as it would without any treatment. We would say that we would leave it in a "naked" state.

Stay here and don't apply anything, we are going to step two.

Step two: look in the mirror

Here comes the most important step. We have already cleansed our face with just water and have not applied any product. Therefore, our skin will start to have certain reactions on its own because we have not helped her to fight against certain factors that affect her well-being.

So now go and look in the mirror - what do you see?

  1. Generic glossyIt looks as if you have inadvertently applied highlighter to several areas of your face. 
  2. Your forehead has very pronounced frown lines and your chin and cheeks are peeling. In addition, your face looks dull.
  3. Large pores and lots of blackheads on your nose. However, you also have redness on your cheeks and a shiny forehead.

Third step: touch your skin

Obviously, we are not just going to take what we see. It is important to have contact with your skin to reaffirm these sensations and to get more information. about what happens to your skin when you don't apply any treatment.

So, touch your face (always gently!) What do you notice?

  1. The skin is very slippery, greasy, as if a layer of oil or butter had been poured on you. 
  2. Your skin feels tight. You try to relieve the feeling by applying a little pressure, but it feels as if someone is pulling your forehead and cheeks backwards.
  3. Your nose is unctuous, slippery, just like your forehead. You also notice a lot of bumps on your cheekbones. However, as soon as you swipe your chin, your chin flakes, with a feeling of tightness in your cheeks. Where you have swiped your finger, it has turned red.
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How did it go? Let's review.

If you have scored two 1's, your skin is oily.

If in the second and third step you have marked number 1, your skin is oily. 

This skin type is characterised by produce excess sebum. Let's not misunderstand: sebum is part of the skin's natural reaction and under normal conditions it is a natural reaction of the skin. one of the skin's pH stabilisers

What happens then? That your skin is reactive, it produces excess sebum to "protect" itself.The vast majority of the time it is a consequence of our genetics and our hormones (and, of course, our diet). 

It is normal for these skins to have acne, greasy shine, blackheads and in general a constant oily feeling.. In more severe cases, such as severe skin inflammation, antibiotic treatment by a dermatologist is usually necessary.

If you have this type of skin, you will need:

  • Thorough cleansing, both in the morning and at night. Try light cleansers, with a gel texture or cleansing foamwill take away that oily feeling.
  • Exfoliating at least twice a week. What's more, if it's a gentle exfoliating scrubyou can apply it on a daily basis.
  • Oily does not mean moisturised. Always use moisturiser with light ingredients and a non-dense texture. You can also find in gel format.
  • An extra piece of advice: !make sure they are non-comedogenic! Products with these characteristics clog pores and will cause more acne. 

If you have scored two 2's, your skin is dry.

That tightness, that flaking all the time and always being told "you have a tired face" is annoying, but there's a reason: your skin is dry.

The opposite is true for oily skin, your skin does not produce enough sebum to keep your pH balancedThis means that your skin barrier is damaged and lacks effective hydration to regenerate it. 

As a result, your skin looks dull, flakes off, feels like it's pulling your skin back as if you have tweezers. Take heed of these tips to remedy this:

  • Hydration is not your strong suitBut for it to be effective, you need to remove all signs of dirt and pollution from your skin. Clean it well, thoroughly, with products that are also dense in structure. Try cleaning oilswill leave you with a very addictive feeling of softness.
  • Likewise, masks and serums are your best allieswill supply those details you need for your skin to be fully hydrated. Here's a tip: if you opt for the moisturising maskat least twice a week. On the other hand, if you opt for intensive moisturising serumsyou have to apply it every day.
  • Of course, your moisturiser should be by your side practically all day long.. At Sam Parfums we recommend that you have both a day moisturiser as a special night moisturiser.

If you got two 3's or a mixture of 1, 2 and 3, your skin is combination.

Don't worry, this skin type is the most common among the population. It is the most complicated skin type to care for, as it has excess sebum in the famous T-zone (cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin), while the cheeks are flaky, as is the tip of the chin. 

And they have another handicap: they tend to be very reactive. As soon as you put a little pressure on your finger, you get a red groove. This is an indicator of sensitivity

But don't worry, everything has a solution and the same goes for combination skin, so pay attention:

  • You're going to have to be a little pickier about the ingredients in your products, especially cleansers and exfoliators. Opt for those especially indicated for combination skin or, failing that, for sensitive skin.
  • Serums and masks will be essential.Because you need to cover several open fronts and cleansing and moisturising is often not enough. Don't be afraid of oils, especially if they're jojoba or castor oil, or oils designed for combination and oily skinsThe results are often spectacular.
  • Regarding the hydration phase, light textures will do you goodbut it is best to opt for non-comedogenic and non-comedogenic ingredients and formulas. suitable for sensitive skin. Your skin is more reactive and potent elements such as retinol need to be used with care.

Have you been able to find out what type of skin you have? Remember that en Sam Parfums we have all kinds of products for facial skin care.whether your skin is combination, dry or oily.

Visit us at our Sam Parfums website Take advantage of our offers and we look forward to seeing you!

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