Guys, this is a must know on how to achieve glass skin.
We’ve talked some about best practices when it comes to achieving glass skin but when choosing the best glass skin products, it’s tricky to know which is best for you.
SO, before we get into anything else, you need to ask yourself one question:
Do I know my skin type??
Knowing your skin type will give you a better insight into understanding your skin’s language and comprehend what your skin thirsts for and what it does not thirst for. Thus, it will become easier and clearer to find out which products are most effective for your skin, and by the end of this article, you’ll be one step closer to the glass skin of your dreams.
Skin Type Breakdown
There’s 4 main skin types, plus a bonus factor:
- Dry – If you have dry skin, your skin will feel tight after washing, and you will see visible flakes, fine lines, wrinkles, and your pores are not as visible.
- Oily – If you have oily skin, your skin after washing will quickly feel overall oily, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin areas). This means your pores are easily visible as the pores are filled with oil and sebum. The more sebum and oil there is in the pores, the larger they will appear (as discussed in Best Tips for Getting Rid of Large Pores)
- Combination – If you have combination skin, your skin will be oily in the T-zone, but normal to dry on the cheeks.
- Normal – If you have normal skin, this means your skin is neither tight and flaky after washing and will not get noticeably oily.
- Sensitive – Not technically a skin type, but this is a skin condition that anyone can have regardless of your skin type. Skin types are determined based on the amount of sebum and oil your skin creates.
So, Which One Are You?
Now, here’s the real kicker and I’m sorry in advance because I know this can feel frustrating but we will work through this together.
You can definitively be one skin type, but you can also be more than one skin type at the same time, and within your lifetime. Yeah… It gets a bit complicated.
I know, I know, WHY GOD WHY?!
For example, I have oily combination skin. This means my skin is overall oily, but also prone to developing an oil slick skating rink on my T-zone. This means I’m more prone to clogged pores because there is an excess of oils and sebum on my face. Even better.
So the question stands, how do you know which skin type you are?!
I’ve tested 3 methods for you to try to help you determine your own skin type.
Method #1 – THE BLOT TEST
You will need a gentle basic cleanser and some blot papers like these.
Wash your face with a basic cleanser (Cetaphil gentle cleanser, or CeraVe cleanser) and let your face air dry. Do NOT apply your face products after washing your face and let sit as is for 2 hours. Do not go outside, do not touch your face, and in two hours, you will observe the condition of your skin at the end of the 2 hour wait period. Without your usual moisturizers to confuse your results, you’re looking to see your skin’s natural level of oil production and how much oil/sebum your face will produce without toners and moisturizers to help balance the production.
At the end of the 2 hour wait, apply small squares of blot papers, or 1-ply kleenex on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.
Dry skin results: Your face feels immediately tight and continue to feel tight and uncomfortable all over the face at the end of the 2 hour wait period. The blot papers or tissues you applied to your face will fall off your face almost immediately and you will see very little to no oil blotted on the papers. You can also see some fine lines on your cheeks (your dry areas). Your skin will have noticeable dry patches, flakes, and fine lines.
Dry Combination skin results: Your face feels tight at the end of the 2 hour wait period, except for the T-zone (forehead, nose, and maybe chin). The area on your cheeks will feel tight and uncomfortable. The blot papers or tissues you applied to your face will fall off the cheeks with little to no oil blotted, and the blot papers applied to the forehead, nose and chin may likely be stuck to your face and will be saturated in oil.
Normal Combination skin results: Your face will not feel tight at the end of the 2 hour wait period, and the blot papers applied to your cheeks will have some spots of oil and will not feel tight and uncomfortable, whereas your forehead, nose and chin will have more oil blotted on the papers.
Normal skin results: Your face will feel neither tight or oily. When blotted, the papers will all have some spots of oil but will be an even distribution with no noticeable differences in the t-zone.
Oily skin results: Your face will not feel tight at the end of the 2 hour wait period and when blotted, the papers will be more saturated throughout overall.
Oily combination skin results: Your face will not feel tight at the end of the wait period, and when blotted, the papers will be saturated, but more so from the papers applied to the t-zone and the papers will be stuck to your face.
For any of the above skin results, if you also experienced redness, itchiness, and sensitivity on areas of your face (whether it was dry or oily), your skin is also prone to being sensitive. This is what I meant by sensitive skin being applicable to any skin type.
Method #2 – THE BLOT TEST (Night Time Edition)
Before going to sleep, wash your face with a gentle cleanser (as mentioned above for method #1), leaving your face as is without applying any moisturizers. Go to sleep, away from any vents or fans and try to sleep on your back to avoid your face from being in contact with your blanket or pillow which can skew your results.
In the morning immediately after waking up, you can use the blot paper/tissue paper test to observe your results. You can refer to the same results detailed above to determine your skin type.
Method #3 – THE PINCH TEST
If the blot test is still confusing, you can try the pinch test.
Pinch a section your cheeks and observe the clues.
Dry skin results: You will see fine lines, dry flakes, and little to no visible pores.
Dry combination skin results: You will see fine lines, dry flakes on the cheeks, and larger pores on the forehead and nose areas.
Normal skin results: You will see neither fine lines, dry flakes, excess oil on the skin and little to no pores on your face
Normal combination skin results: You will see neither fine lines and dry flakes on the cheeks, with little to no pores on your face but will notice larger pores in the t-zone and excess oil in these areas.
Oily & Oily combination skin results: You will see larger pores, possibly clogged pores (white heads/ black heads) especially in the t-zone, and excess oil all over the face with no fine lines and dry flakes.
If you don’t have any blotting papers, here are some you can get from online or at a local pharmacy or cosmetics store.
I Can See Clearly Now
Hopefully after using these testing methods, you will reach a place where you can clearly see what type of skin you have.
Once you understand your skin’s language and ways of providing clues and hints to you on how to read your skin, you will be much better off in the way you treat your skin and in the products you choose for your skin going forward. A great place to start is to pick out a solid toner for your skin which will become the foundation to the Korean glass skincare routine you will create for yourself. Check out my curated toner suggestions here!
One Step Closer to Dat Glow
Guys, with every step you take to educate yourself in understanding your skin, you are taking one step closer to dat glow of your dreams. Keep at it and we will get there to achieving glass skin.
So, let’s get our glow!