How to know your skin type
Every person’s skin is unique, but there are a few common skin types that may help you to identify where you skin fits in the most. The three main skin types are commonly referred to as Oily, Normal/Combination and Dry. Here are two easy ways to determine your skin type at home.
The blotting sheet method
This method is much faster and often an excellent differentiator between oily and dry skin types.
- Gently pat a blotting paper on the different areas of your face
- Hold the sheet up to the light to determine how much oil is visible.
- If the sheet picked up little to no oil, you most likely have dry skin.
- If the blotting sheet reveals oil from the forehead and nose areas, your skin is normal/combination.
- Finally, if the blotting paper is saturated with oil, it is extremely likely that you have oily skin.
The bare-faced method
Cleanse your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and gently pat dry.
- Leave skin bare (and do not apply any additional moisturizers, serums or treatments).
- After 30 minutes, examine your cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead for any shine.
- After another 30 minutes, evaluate whether your skin feels parched.
- if you smile or make any other facial expressions, If your skin feels tight, your skin is likely to dry.
- If there is noticeable shine on your nose and forehead, your skin is most likely normal/combination.
- If there is shine on your cheeks in addition to your forehead and nose, you most likely have oily skin.