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How to Identify Your Real Skin Type

Before you get out your mirror and have a closer look, it's best to wash your face with a gentle cleanser, apply a state-of-the-art toner (loaded with antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients) and then wait about 15 to 30 minutes and see how your skin behaves.

If your skin quickly starts showing oil diffused over the face, you have oily skin.

If your skin starts experiencing some dryness and feels tight, you have dry skin.

If your T-zone (the area around your nose, chin, and central forehead) starts looking oily but your cheeks and jaw area start feeling slightly to moderately dry, you have combination skin. This is the most common skin type because everyone has more oil glands in their center of their face than on their cheeks.

Why is cleansing my face important?

Germs love the skin – especially the oily, moist and hairy areas. The skin has its own ecosystem of different kinds of germs and bacteria that keep each other in check, a balance, which when disturbed can lead to infection.

The surface layer, which is formed by the dead skin cells and a mixture of secretions from the sweat and sebaceous glands and dust, is grimy and filthy.

It is important to regularly wash away the dirt to maintain hygiene and allow the skin to breathe and carry on its work. When unclean, certain functions of the skin are disturbed and prone to infections

Why must I moisturize my face?

Your skin undergoes immense abuse from environmental pollution, changing weather conditions, and busy lifestyle. These leave your skin parched, dry and sensitive by the end of the day. Therefore, moisturizers become part of your necessary daily routine.

An ideal moisturizer would not just moisturize your skin but also help rejuvenate it. Routine use of a moisturizer should show effects in a few weeks.

An ideal regime involves application of moisturiser twice a day, once in the morning after cleansing and once at night just before hitting the bed. Remember not to ignore your neck when moisturizing your face because it has fewer oil glands and signs of ageing are visible on the neck too.