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How to Determine Your Skin Type

How to Determine Your Skin Type

Every person’s skin is unique, but there are a few common skin types that can help you to identify where you skin fits in the best.

The three main skin types are commonly referred to as Oily, Normal/Combination and Dry. 

And if you know what type you have, it makes putting together your skincare regime a whole lot easier. 

Let's see what you're working with! 

How to determine your skin type

Cleanse your face thoroughly, gently pat dry and look into a mirror. 

Repeat after me "Wow, you look so beautiful today!" Thank your lovely self for the compliment, and now take a closer look at your complexion. 

Evaluate whether your skin feels dry, especially if you smile or make any other facial expressions. If your skin feels tight, your skin is likely dry.

If there is noticeable shine on your nose and forehead, your skin is mostly likely normal/combination.

If there is shine on your cheeks in addition to your forehead and nose, you most likely have oily skin.

Mirror how to determine your skin type


Consider the following questions:

How does your skin feel?

A. A bit dry, less elastic. 

B. Not too dry and not too oily. 

C. Thick, oily. 

Do you notice any imperfections?

A + B. No or few imperfections. 

C. Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes. 

Pore Size?

A. Almost invisible.

B. Barely visible. 

C. Enlarged pores. 

How does your skin look overall?

A. A bit dull and rough, visible lines. 

B. Look great, radiant. 

C.  A bit shiny or dull. 

How Sensitive is your skin? Is it easily irritated or goes red?

X. Sensitive with redness, itching, burning or dryness. 

Y. Not too sensitive. 



Mainly A - You have Dry Skin

Mainly B - You have Normal Skin

Mainly C - You have Oily Skin 

A mix of A, B + C - You have Combination Skin

If you also selected X, you may also have sensitive skin. 

How to determine your skin type 

Knowledge is power, and knowing the unique characteristics of your skin health will put you miles ahead in knowing what products to use on that gorgeous face of yours. 

Remember that our skin changes over time, so keeping your skin health in mind and regularly having a mirror check in is a great idea. Observe and changes and make sure you adjust your regime if necessary, to keep that complexion balanced and beautiful! 

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