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What Is My Skin Type - How To Determine It

Some people say their face feels dry and oily at the same time, for others they might have acne, but otherwise dry skin. If you’ve ever wondered what your skin type is and what products you should be using to keep your skin looking gorgeous, you’ve arrived at the right place.

The first and essentially the most important part of caring for your skin, and curating a skincare regime is knowing and understanding your skin type.

Read on to know how you can determine your skin type - all from the convenience of your home. This will help you pick the correct products that cater to your specific skin type. Once you know your skin type, choosing suitable skincare becomes a cakewalk.

Even though we all have unique skin and it’s tough to categorize it as ‘one type’ but knowing where your skin fits the most helps you predict its behavior. To begin with, here’s how you can determine your skin type at home -

Step 1 - Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. We recommend using our Naked and Raw Coffee Face Wash for a deeper cleanse.
Step 2 - Leave your skin bare (without applying any skin products) and wait for about 30 minutes.
Step 3 - Now, examine your face to check for oily, dry, or tight skin.

- If your skin feels tight or patchy at places it’s most likely dry.
- If there is a noticeable sheen on your T-zone(forehead, nose, and chin), but not your cheeks, then your skin most likely falls under the combination skin type.
- If there is a sheen on your cheeks in addition to your T-zone, you most likely have oily skin.

Hope this helped you know your skin a little better!

Now that you’ve determined your skin type - your skin will fall into one of the following categories, read on to know how you can care well for it.

#1 Dry Skin
If you find yourself reaching for the moisturizer often or your skin gets tight and rough without hydration, it seems like you’re dealing with dry skin. External factors like the weather, pollution, and genetics can also cause dry skin. Luckily dry skin is not a serious issue and can be treated with the correct products and precautions. Remember to moisturize your skin regularly, and often to keep it hydrated and supple. We recommend using a heavy product.

Try out our Latte Coffee Face Moisturizer, which nourishes the deepest layers of the skin using shea butter and almond milk. Or, you can also go in for our Naked Detox Green Tea Night Gel for express and deep hydration. Overnight hydration is a great way to replenish tired and dehydrated skin.

#2 Oily Skin
Tired of battling acne and whiteheads due to oily skin? Skin gets oily due to the overproduction of sebum, making it look dull and prone to breakouts. There’re some simple steps you can incorporate into your skincare regime to keep oily skin at bay. Cleansing your face twice a day, toning, and exfoliating can help keep the excess oil under control. We recommend checking out the Naked and Raw Coffee Face Scrub which exfoliates and opens up clogged pores starting from the first use. Also, remember to drink water throughout the day so your skin stays moist and doesn’t produce more oil than required.

#3 Combination Skin
The infamous duo of oily and dry skin is classified as the combination skin type. The oily area is usually the T- zone (forehead, nose, and chin), while the skin on the cheeks is normal or dry. An easy way to balance this skin type is to target both concerns together. That would mean selecting products that cater to the dry patches as well as the shininess.

Consider using our Must-Have Coffee Face Duo comprising our coffee face wash and face serum. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and white water lily work together to keep the skin hydrated and ease hyperpigmentation.

#4 Sensitive Skin
Taking care of sensitive skin can be a chore as it takes considerable time and effort to determine what products to choose or how to keep it in balance. Sensitive skin can be identified by redness, rashes, stinging, and reactiveness to products. You can have dry, oily, or combination skin that is sensitive.

Some things to keep in mind for people with sensitive skin is to use products that are non-irritating, alcohol-free, and fragrance-free. Don’t forget to do a patch test before trying new products, and try going in for gentle products which are mild on the skin, but do the job well. We recommend trying out our Raw Coffee Face Serum which protects the skin from harmful UV rays and is a one-stop solution for hydrated skin.

Talking about UV rays, the importance of sunscreen can’t go unmentioned. Always remember to top off your moisturizer with a generous amount of sunscreen, even if you’re not directly under the sun. Overexposure under the sun can seriously damage your skin and cause early skin aging. Sunscreen should be the last step of your skincare regime. Applying 2-fingers-worth to your face and neck should do the trick.

If you’re still a little confused about where your skin falls on this spectrum, don’t hesitate in consulting a dermatologist to get your skin tested. It’s always better to know your skin type, and then proceed with skincare.

We believe that there’s no ‘correct’ skin type, there are just different ways our skin behaves due to its environment. Our skin changes with time, and checking in with your skin to identify its needs is important for it to look its best. Keeping a timely check ensures that we make the necessary adjustments to our skincare rituals, and keep our skin well balanced! Whichever skin type you have, following these simple tips can help you keep it fresh and prevent any kind of skin breakouts. Matching your skin type with your skincare is a good way to keep your skin soothed and healthy.

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