How do you determine your skin type?


Written By Chloe Anderson

One of the most important steps when caring for your skin is, understanding what your specific skin type is and how it can change depending on different environments. Using treatments that are too severe or harsh, even if they are recommended for excessive oiliness, may cause your skin to produce more oil than is actually needed. Alternatively, applying moisturisers that are too heavy or thick for your skin can result in decreased natural oil production, resulting in even drier skin.

Therefore, taking the time to learn what exactly your skin type is and what the specific needs are, will help balance the skin to maintain a healthier and more radiant complexion.

Everyone has unique skin, however there are 4 main common skin types; Normal, Combination, Oily and Dry. To find out more detail on each skin type, please read the article What are the main skin types?

Here are two easy ways to determine your skin type:

  • The blotting sheet method:

This is a fast method to differentiate between oily and dry skin types. Gently pat blotting paper on the different areas of your face, then hold the sheet up to the light to determine how much oil is visible. If the sheet became saturated with oil, it is likely you have oily skin, however if the sheet only reveals oil from the forehead and nose area your skin type is most likely to be combination. On the other hand, if there is little oily visible on the sheet this is normally described as normal skin and if there is no oil visible this would most likely be dry skin.

  • The bare-faced method: 

Cleanse your face with a mild/normal cleanser and gently pat dry, leave the skin bare for around 30 minutes without applying any moisturisers, serums or moisturisers.  Check your chin, nose, cheeks and forehead for any shine. If you have visible shine on your nose and forehead you most likely have combination to normal skin. Whereas if you have noticeable shine on your cheeks in addition to your forehead and nose, you most likely have oily skin. However, after waiting a further 30 minutes, evaluate whether your skin feels tight, especially when you smile or make any facial expressions. If your skin feels tight and there is no visible shine, your skin is likely to be dry.  

Our skin’s needs will vary over time and can change depending on different environmental conditions. Identifying how your skin changes is essential to maintain a healthy, glowing complexion and will require little adjustments to your current regime to keep a continuous balance for your skin.

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