How To Tell Your Skin Type

It is safe to say that the science behind skin care is super important, but don’t let that intimidate you into not knowing what products are best for you but before that, you need to know what skin type you have! Once you have determined your skin type, you can then move on to choosing out the best formulas, products, and skincare routines for your skin!

Before trying to determine your skin type, you should clean your face with a mild cleanser and just dab it dry. Refrain from using any products, wait about 25 minutes before taking a closer examination!

There are five basic skin types: normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. Keep reading to determine your skin and read the best tips on taking care of it.

Normal skin – clear skin, no major reactions to new products, make-up, or weather changes, your skin is not too dry and not too oily either. Normal skin tends to have a well-balanced even tone all over.

Oily skin – the best way to tell if you have oily skin is to look at the shine and texture, excess oil over the t-zone (forehead nose, and cheeks) is a key sign and so is having a shiny forehead and nose, skin can feel greasy or oily and is prone to spots and breakouts.

Dry skin – this skin type can cause the skin to be flaky or itchy, dry skin can make your face feel tight, and most of the time you can see and feel the lack of hydration. Dry skin will be at its worst in the wind and the hotter months!

Combination – having a combination of skin types can be tricky to tell but it is a mix of areas that are more oily and shiny combined with other areas being dry and dehydrated. this can include a shiny forehead and cheeks but a dry chin area and neck. 
Sensitive skin – you can mostly tell you have sensitive skin by its prone to redness and dryness in the skin. Reactions to make-.up or facial products are common alongside breakouts when the face is not cleaned and treated properly. 

How to care for your skin? 

Normal skin – Luckily for normal skin, skin routines are simpler. It’s vital to maintain a well-balanced tone over the skin so using a soft daily moisturizer every day is a good step to include! Make sure to use SPF, (I like to use a cream that has SPF in it to save a step in the routine). Hydration masks are always beneficial too! 

Oily skin – You should look for products that focus on balancing the excess oil from your skin, and make sure that if you exfoliate you use a non-granulated formula, foam exfoliates are great for oily skin as they don’t spread the excess oil around the face or irritate the surface.

Dry skin – If you suffer from dry skin you should look for products that are hydrating, and free from chemicals or intense fragrances to avoid further dryness. Getting a hydrating oil or serum to apply at night is a good way to put it back into your skin too!

Combination skin – With skin that has different areas of dry and oily skin, finding a product that is for all skin types is the best way to go. Gently exfoliates (again I would recommend a foam or gel exfoliate) Keeping your skin balanced is key, so find a routine that suits all types.

Sensitive skin – When you have sensitive skin you will know that you can’t just use any product, find gentle formulas designed for sensitive skin. I like to use vegan products as I find they are the softest on my skin.

Using face masks weekly that focuses on reducing the appearance of redness is a great way to get a more even tone.

I hope this has helped you figure out some key steps for your skincare! Leave your comments and questions in the comments below!! Come back to my blog soon to see more must-read content on skincare, individual routines for each skin type and I will also be discussing some of the most popular products around! 


Learning To Accept Myself.


As you will be able to see this is my first post out there, so I thought I would just take the time to introduce myself, give you a little insight into my back story and why I decided to launch a blog, and also what you can expect to see here! 

I read so many blogs on a weekly basis, they are always my go-to for figuring out everything, even for things like caring for my new baby turtles when I got them and realized I had no idea what I was doing, and then I also spend most my screen time on Pinterest clicking links from pins to blogs and of course like many I have joked around at the idea of doing it and becoming a blogger since I was younger but I recently discovered that I had never invested my time and money into having my own blog because I was afraid of failure, it took me a while to accept it but I was embarrased at the thought that people who I know could be reading my content, and the thought of people judging me terrified me, but I think most of all I was afraid to put myself out there because I wasn’t yet comfortable with who I was, or better said I wasn’t accepting of who I am, but overtime and through the process of a lot of self-care may I add that has changed, and I have grown more confident, mentally stronger and most importantly I have learnt to love me for me. So lately I havent been able to stop wondering about would could be and then I realized that if I didnt take the risk and explore the path of blogging I was always going to end up coming back to those ‘what if’ questions. And cut to, here I am launching my website and posting my first article hoping that it wasn’t a waste of time and that my fears don’t become a reality! I guess my first message out there is, sometimes you have to take the risk to ever know if it was worth it, and if it doesn’t work out, not to look at it as failure but a learning curve thats guiding you through this crazy journey we call life.

 Now you know how I came to start my blog let me tell you a bit about myself, (I will make this a long story short, you guys aren’t reading this to be burdened with my life story) I am a 24-year-old psychology student, I recently started my own mobile beauty business called Boss Beauty, and last but not least I am diagnosed with BPD (hence the inspiration for the name Millies Madness, every day is eventful in some way in my life). Being diagnosed with BPD has also been a big inspiration for the blog as writing is so good for my mental health and serves as a great way to channel my energy. You will see overtime that I will cover a wide variety of topics and content on my blog including things like baking recipes and tips, or the best beauty products for your skin, mental health awareness articles, netflix reccomendations and so much more. But there will be a main focus on mental health, as its what I am most passionate about and I learn so much amazing stuff with my degree that I want to share, and to be honest I have had a tough time with my own mental health, I just want to be able to help someone else that might need it like I did.

To anyone taking the time to read this, thank you. It means so much to have the support that I do from my family, friends, and partner to pursue my dream of blogging, and of course, I would not be able to get anywhere without the support of readers like yourself!

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