Identifying whether you have dry skin or not, is crucial for you.
It aids when making decisions about skincare products to use, makeup products to buy and other cosmetic products to avoid.
The identification of your skin type also helps you in responsibly managing and caring your skin.
There are different types of DIY methods that can be used to identify your skin type.
However, we will be using the bare faced method because it is easy to follow (because it requires no technicality), simple (because it requires no additional instrument), affordable, accessible, and available.
So, let’s identify our skin type using the bare faced method, step-by-step.
Step one: wash your face with a mild “baby” soap.
Step two: Gently pat your face dry with a clean cotton towel.
Step three: Leave your face bare and do not apply any facial product.
Step four: After 30 minutes, examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead for any shine or tightness when you make facial expressions.
Step five: Write down your observation.
Step six: Wait for another 30 minutes and examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead for any shine or tightness when you make facial expressions.
Step seven: Write down your observation.
Step eight: compare your final observation/result with the following standard parameter.
a. If there is shine on your cheeks, forehead and nose, you most likely have oily skin.
b. If there is noticeable shine on your chin, nose, and forehead, your skin is most likely a combination skin.
c. If your skin feels tight and/or appears flaky, or rough, you most likely have dry skin.
d. If your skin has a healthy glow with no visible issues, then you likely have normal skin.
Story Time: I remember the first time I wanted to check to identify my skin type, I forgot to check back after the second thirty minutes because I remembered I hadn’t started my pharmacology report, and we were asked to submit it the following day.
Omo, I forgot about my skin. But my second time was good and I found out that I had dry skin on my body and a combination skin on my face. It was an eye-opening moment for me.