Understanding Your Skin Types: Dry, Oily, Combination, Normal Understanding Your Skin Types: Dry, Oily, Combination, Normal – Yours Personalised Skincare

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Understanding Your Skin Types: Dry, Oily, Combination, Normal

by Team Yours JN |

Perhaps you have a hoard of the latest skincare on your dressing table, or follow the best of beauty bloggers.

But how well exactly do you know and understand your skin?

Most of us should be familiar with these four basic skin types (and one skin condition):

  1. Dry Skin
    If your skin feels tight and flaky generally (not just during winters), you might fall in the dry skin category. If that’s the case, your skin might demand moisturising every other hour. Gently scratching your skin probably leads to exaggerated consequences (think: scaliness, flaking and peeling). However, if you deal with breakouts often, you're probably not someone with dry skin.

  2. Oily Skin
    On the other end of the spectrum lies those who never feel the need to moisturise because of their active sebaceous glands. People with oily skin would generally experience: enlarged pores, a glistening T-zone and when it gets out of control... acne :-(

  3. Combination Skin
    Combination skin types are common amongst men and women alike, and basically refers to those with an oily T-zone area, with the rest of the face being dry or much less oily. Because of this, things often get confusing— using different products for various parts of the face. Combination skin could also mean a combination of problems: dry and itchy, while being acne-prone. 🤦‍♀️

    Read more: What is Combination Skin and How to Deal with It

  4. Normal Skin
    Aaah, the dream skin! In layperson's terms, someone with a normal skin type = good skin, one that never faces an excess or lack of anything and that's pretty homogenous. Not only is the normal skin type the easiest to identify, but it's also the easiest to manage.

  5. Sensitive Skin— this is a condition, not a 'type'!
    Although sensitive skin is often categorised as a skin type, it's actually a condition. You could have oily and acne-prone skin that's sensitive. Alternatively, your skin could be dry, along with being sensitive.

Figuring Out Your Skin Type

Now that we've outlined the different skin types, here's a quick way to determine your skin type at home.

The Blotting Sheet Technique 

Get a blotting sheet or paper (you can find these in cosmetics stores, the pharmacy and even the supermarket). These are sheets that absorbs excess face oil). Pat it across your face, starting with your T-zone, followed by cheeks, and so on.

Check for oils absorbed by the paper: 

  • Dry Skin – The blotting paper has absorbed little or no oil
  • Oily Skin – Lots of oil has collected on the paper
  • Combination Skin – Only in particular areas, did the blotting paper absorb oil
  • Normal Skin – A nominal amount of oil was absorbed from most parts

The Bare-Faced Technique

Wash your face clean, and pat it dry. Without applying any skincare, let your skin breathe for 5-10 minutes. Examine your skin and notice how your skin feels and looks. 

  • Dry Skin – Your skin feels tight and itchy when you smile, or stretch your muscles
  • Combination Skin – Your T-zone has a shine that stands out
  • Oily Skin – All of your skin looks shinier than it did when you washed your face
  • Normal Skin – Your skin pretty much looks as it did

...Or rely on us! Our 2-min skin assessment goes beyond skin types and also takes into account your lifestyle and skin needs as well. (Everyone's unique and so should your skincare.) 💁‍♀️


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