The primary step to a skin care routine is to identify your skin type.
Try this simple exercise to analyze your skin:
- Wash your face with a mild lathering facial cleanser
- Wait for at least half an hour to allow oil time to return
to the skin
- Examine your skin in a mirror under good daylight or a
- Check your skin condition against one of the following skin
Different Skin Types:
There are 5 different skin types that we should be aware of:
NORMAL SKIN TYPE
A normal skin looks clear and is even in color. It is soft and supple
to the touch. It is neither greasy nor tight. A normal skin feels
smooth even after cleansing. Skin looks fresh even by afternoon.
Problems of acne and pimples would be rare. Skin will be comfortable
even after the application of rich cream.
This type of skin is continuously losing moisture to the atmosphere.
During winter, when the humidity is at its lowest, it will lose even
more moisture. Dry skin looks old, is pale in color, and feels flaky
and rough. It feels tight after washing. It is easily irritated and
may even feel itchy. Dry skin rarely suffers acne outbreaks. Skin
feels comfortable after applying rich creams and moisturizers.
Inappropriate use of cosmetics or wrong ways of washing the skin may
lead to its dryness. Ageing may also be one factor for dryness of the
An oily skin gives a shiny complexion. It has a thick epidermis and
open pores. It has a tendency to develop whiteheads and blackheads.
Skin feels smooth and comfortable after washing with facial cleanser
and water. Skin appears shiny by the noon. Skin feels very oily after
applying creams or cream cleansers. Skin feels fresh after using
facial toner. Hormonal imbalance, stress, heredity & aggressive
chemicals may lead to overactive sebaceous glands resulting in oily
A combination skin has oiliness in the T-zone and dryness on the
cheeks. There are occasional acne outbreaks in the oily areas.
Uncovering the reason for overabundant oil production in some areas
and dryness in others is an important step towards improving
combination skin. One of the main causes of combination skin is the
misuse of various cosmetic products. Aggressive washing with skin care
products containing irritating ingredients can stimulate excessive oil
production in the central portion of the face and dry out the skin on
A sensitive skin feels dry and itchy in some places after cleansing
and feels sometimes comfortable and sometimes itchy after cleansing.
Skin may develop some flaky patches and redness by noon.
Once the skin type has been identified, it becomes easier to set the
best suited skin care routine and select only those products which are
mild and comfortable for the specific skin type.
Compiled By: India Diets Team
protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.