What’s your skin type? Is it oily? Dry? Sensitive? Acne Prone? Skin types are not created equal and knowing your skin type helps you in choosing skin products to use. It’s entirely possible to have a combination of skin types and conditions at any time. First, let’s understand each skin type, in brief, to help you find your skin type.

  • Dry - The skin does not produce enough oil and without applying moisturiser it feels dry with whiteness and flakes on the skin. It feels tight, flaky and gets irritated easily. Since breakouts are caused by oil, dry skin is less prone to acne.
  • Oily - Even after washing your face, you have shiny skin within an hour and you can feel it if you touch the skin. Oily skin causes breakouts and at different spots for different people including the back and chest areas.
  • Sensitive - Sensitive skin overreacts to external stimuli for e.g. dust, smoke and pollutants by redness or rashes. Sensitive skin might also cause a burning sensation when using many products.
  • Normal - Probably the least common skin type! This type of skin produces just the right amount of oil and normally the skin is neither too oily or dry. Breakouts are infrequent and this type of skin can handle any product without any reaction.
  • Combination - Some parts of your skin are oily and others might be dry because of active oil glands at some parts and inactive at others. For e.g. you cheeks might be dry but your forehead might be oily. This is the most common skin type.
  • Dehydrated - This type of skin lacks water and it might feel tight and prune. Think of grape vs raisin.

Now, one of the most common misconceptions people have is that dry and dehydrated skin means the same thing. Lots of people complain about having both oily and dry skin? Does it mean they have a combination? No, people complain their skin is oily and dry. How is this possible? How can the skin be oily and dry at the same time?

What people actually mean that their skin is oily & dehydrated skin. Dehydrated doesn't refer to, “lack of water” but dry refers to, “lack of oil”.

So if your skin is oily and still feels tight and dry it means your skin lacks moisture and water in the skin. It might happen because of a leaky skin barrier which allows water to evaporate. It makes skin dull and might trap dead skin, chemicals from makeup or other pollutants and might cause damage to the skin, causing irritation and allergies.

In this case, it is important that you eat a good diet rich in healthy fats and Vitamins to fight the pollutants and work on the improvement of the skin barrier. Don’t over-cleanse or exfoliate your skin too much and don’t use harsh chemical products. Instead, use herbal and Ayurvedic natural products for your skin and try to use supplements of Hyaluronic Acid which has good water retention properties.

So be clear on your skin type and use products specific to it to keep it healthy and maintain a youthful glow.