Skin Type 101

You need to know what type of skin you have before you spend a fortune on beauty products. The four types of skin are normal skin, dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin.

What factors go into determining your skin type?

First and foremost, each individual is born with the skin type that they have - genetics and ethnicity are the factors that determine this. There are some characteristics of how your skin feels that may be used to establish what skin type you have in particular.


Your skin is well-balanced - neither too dry nor excessively oily. Generally, you are not prone to breakouts or flakiness and have a balanced t-zone.

Dry Skin

Due to a lack of moisture and lipids (called fats), your skin will feel tight and dry. Dry skin can become itchy, irritated, and sensitive to temperature changes, therefore sun protection is essential.

Oily Skin

Blemishes, like blackheads and whiteheads, are more common because your pores become blocked with oil and dead cells.

Combination skin

Your skin will be both oily and dry at the same time, with the T-zone (the area between the brows and down the nose to the chin) often being oilier.

Determining your own skin type......


Bare Face Method

A simple technique to discover your skin type is to examine your naked skin closely. Use a cleanser to wash your face, pat it dry, and avoid using any skincare products.

Observe your skin after 30 minutes to an hour. If your cheeks and t-zone seem glossy, you may have oily skin. If your skin feels tight and has flaky patches, it is most likely dry. If you have a combination of oily and dry skin, you most likely have combination skin.

Blotting Method

Another method is to gently press a clean blotting sheet on various areas of your face to discover your skin type. Then, expose the sheet to a light to determine the amount of oil absorbed. Your skin type is often determined by the amount of oil visible on the paper; the more oil visible, the more probable you have oily skin.

If little to no oil is visible, you almost certainly have dry skin. If the blotting sheet reveals only a trace of oil on your forehead and nose, your skin type is most likely normal or mixed.

Ask an Expert

Consultants are trained to determine your skin type. They will suggest skincare products, but you will not feel obligated to purchase them. Additionally, you may consult an aesthetician, who will inspect your skin completely and advise you on your skin type and any problems you may have.

The majority of aestheticians will give a complimentary consultation upon request; thus, confirm before to scheduling the appointment. Again, the aesthetician may provide suggestions, but take your time investigating what is available - you can always return later to buy the goods.

Try a skin barrier

This is the skin's protective mechanism against irritation and water loss produced by evaporation on the skin's surface. To keep your skin safe, you must maintain enough water levels. Bear in mind that when your skin is dry, the danger of irritation and sensitivity rises.

It's also critical to understand the ingredients. People frequently criticize items when they were actually utilizing the incorrect products for their skin type, which contributes to the disruption of your skin barrier.

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