When purchasing skincare products or makeup it is important to know what skin type you have. One brand may have three different foundations, cleansers, toners, BB creams, or powders. Each is marketed to a certain skin type. Not one product is meant to be used by all skin types. You should be able to classify your skin as dry, oily, combination, or normal. Products that are marketed to people who have oily skin may not have ingredients in them that are beneficial for dry skin types and vice-versa. If you don't know what skin type you have, you may be buying all the wrong products and possibly even breaking your skin out.
There is a simple test you can use to determine what skin type you have and what products you should be using. First, cleanse your skin with a mild facial cleanser, then pat dry. It is important that you remove all traces of makeup or dirt that you may have on your face, but do not over scrub or exfoliate your skin. Pat dry to reveal a clean slate. You should then wait about an hour or so to allow your skin to return back to its normal state. Make sure that during this time you avoid touching your face or doing anything that could cause irritation. Next, blot your face with a piece of tape and then tissue. Now, you should be able to determine what type of skin you have.
If the tape reveals traces of flaky skin, then you have dry skin. Dry skin types should focus on skincare products that promote moisture or hydration. If the tissue contains oil or moisture then you have an oily skin type. Oily skin types should look for products that are oil-free and promote oil-control.
These products will dry the skin and thus should not be used by dry skin types. If you dab the tape and the tissue on your skin and nothing is revealed on either, then you have a normal skin type. If both the tape and the tissue reveal both oil and skin, then you have a combination skin type. Combination skin types are usually oily trough the t-zone, and experience dryness along the cheeks and jawline. Products are usually marketed as either for normal/dry skin or for oily/combo skin.
Knowing your skin type is key in finding the best skincare and makeup products that will work best for you.