Perhaps you have a hoard of the latest skincare on your dressing table or follow the best beauty bloggers.
But how well exactly do you know and understand your skin? Do you know what it needs?
Before we look at the 4 types of skin and the different methods of identification, how about taking a free skin test? In addition to helping you comprehend your skin better, it will also reveal the clean ingredients that you need for dewy skin.
The 4 Basic Skin Types
Most of us should be familiar with these four basic skin types (and one skin condition):
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 dry skin could lead to scaliness, flaking and peeling.
On the other end of the spectrum lies those who rarely feel the need to moisturise because of their active sebaceous glands. People with oily skin would generally experience enlarged pores and acne, especially on the nose, chin, and forehead.
The combination skin type is 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 relatively less oily.
Because of this, things often get confusing — using different products for different parts of the face. One of the most common combination skin problems is this: skin that's dry and itchy while being acne-prone.
Aaah, the dream skin! In layperson's terms, someone with a normal skin type = good skin, one that rarely 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.
"Do I have sensitive skin type?" is one of the most commonly asked questions, say our skin experts. However, although often categorised as a skin type, sensitive skin is 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 are quick ways to determine your skin type at home.
The Blotting Sheet Technique
Get a blotting sheet or paper (you can find these in cosmetics stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets). These are sheets that absorb excess face oil. Pat it across your face starting with your T-zone, followed by the 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
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 it 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
Once you have managed to identify your skin type, take our free skin test. By accounting for your lifestyle, environment, and ethnicity (yes - we care for minute details), we'll curate just the personalised skincare suited for your skin type. Ready? ;)