What Skin Type Do You Have?

What Skin Type Do You Have?

No matter what beauty products you buy, they always seem to come with a recommendation. This recommendation is always based on your skin type – but what if you don’t know what your skin type actually is? Well, that certainly complicates things a bit. The good news, however, is that we’re here to help. Whatever your skin problem is, we’re going to provide a series of deep dives into how best to work with your skin. Starting with this article into how to identify your skin type.

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It can seem a little overwhelming, trying to figure out your skin type. But don’t worry. Below, we’ll be delving in to the nitty-gritty of how to find your skin type, so that you can choose from the best products, for the right reasons. After all, there are few things worse than spending heaps of cash on beauty products, which may actually make your skin worse. Trust me – as someone who suffers from ample skin sensitivities, as well as contact dermatitis, knowing the basics can make a world of difference. So, let’s pore over the facts, shall we?

How To Identify Your Skin Type

First thing’s first – let’s find out how oily your skin is. Give your face a wash, with some simple warm water. Don’t moisturise after you’ve done this. This will give you a blank canvas with which to check out your skin. How does it feel? Some people may feel that their skin feels ‘tight’ straight away, while others may notice it feeling tighter over time. Others may even feel the skin is tight in some areas, but not in others. We’ll come back to this in a moment.

The Tissue Test

Next, we need to check how oily your skin is. Wait an hour after you’ve had a wash – and, again, don’t moisturise – then go and grab a tissue. Wipe this tissue over your t-zone (the area between your brows, on your forehead and down the bridge of your nose). Don’t scrub at it – just give it a gentle once-over. If there’s oil on the tissue, then this means you have oily or combination skin.

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For those who notice that there is oil on the tissue, but that their skin still feels dry and tight, as discussed earlier, this means you have combination skin. If there’s no oil and your skin doesn’t feel so great, then you have dry skin. If your skin feels OK, all over, then it’s considered ‘normal’, you lucky duck, you. The joyful part really comes into play if some areas feel tight, others feel fine and some are oily. As always, though, we’ve got you covered and can help you try to balance this out. God, we’re good to you.

The Mirror Test

Seeing as you’ve already washed your face by this point (Right? Right.), you might as well do the mirror test, too. This one is a little easier. Look in the mirror and take note of how your skin looks. If there’s a bit of a sheen, that means you have oily skin. Seeing some flakiness across the different areas? Then your skin is dry. If your skin looks picture-perfect, then that’s ‘normal’ (I use this term loosely, since normal skin is literally any type, and may even be all of the above. ‘Normal’ is just the term beauty companies use to say you shouldn’t need any extra-special ingredients to continue being brilliant).

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However, regardless of how oily your skin is, you may notice some red patches. If those red patches are worse after using soap while washing, then that means you may have sensitivities. This can happen even if you have ‘normal’ skin. So, this is a prime example of how understanding your skin type is just the first step to bringing out your best self.

The Pore Test

Now that we’ve got you in front of a mirror, let’s check out those pores (I did say we’d be poring over it, eh? Yes, I know that’s the second time I made that joke. No, I’m not leaving, you came here). Anyway, this one can be super easy, once you know what you’re looking for. Pores are those little dips in the skin. They’re essentially little holes that allow your body to provide oil for your skin (keeping it hydrated and protected). Regardless of how we feel about them, they’re actually doing a good thing – and, no, I’m not joking this time.

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Large pores often mean you have oily skin. Why? Because the bigger the pore, the more oil those pores can secrete. Super thoughtful of them. So, if you take a step back from the mirror and can still see them, that means they’re large. For those who can’t see any, then you’re more likely to have dry skin. People with normal skin can see the pores, but they aren’t large enough that you can spot them after taking a step back.

The Pinch Test

Let’s rosy up those cheeks a bit. Give your cheeks a quick pinch, just like grandma used to give. If you notice that your skin wrinkles under the pressure, then chances are you have dry or combination skin. No wrinkles when your pinch? Congrats, that area of skin is completely… sigh… ‘normal’.

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Again, all of these things can be different, on different parts of your face. Not to mention across your whole body. Again, I’m here to remind you that this is all manageable. However, if you’re really struggling with redness, dryness, oiliness or just having skin problems in general, always go and see a doctor. It’s completely understandable that your skin might be driving you round the bend. Especially if your skin is sensitive.

Why Do You Need To Know Your Skin Type?

As you may be able to tell by now, your skin needs looking after. As your body’s largest organ, it makes sense that you should take a little time to get to know your skin type. In the same way that we should care for any other organ – we get out what we put in (even if that requires a little extra help along the way). Understanding all of the above makes way for a happier, healthier you.

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Once you know what you’re working with, you’ll learn how to care for it the right way. When you’re caring for it the right way, you’ll feel better. And, when you feel better, you look better. That confidence is in there – even if it’s hidden under combination/dry/oily/’normal’/sensitive skin. This is all about bringing that confidence out.

How To Tell If Your Skin Is Sensitive

As mentioned above, if your skin has a redness after using soap, then you’re likely to have sensitive skin. Annoyingly, skin type changes across the body, depending on what it thinks you need. That may be more oil, less oil, larger pores, smaller pores and so on. It can change depending on where you live, and genetic factors can also come into play, such as race, as well as age, gender and much more.

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Sensitive skin can be caused by a range of different issues and can change depending on what you’ve eaten or drank. It may even change again if you do more or less exercise. This might sound annoying, but it’s actually good news. It means you can help to manage those sensitive areas. Regardless of these, once you know you have sensitive skin, using the tests above, you can use your knowledge to your advantage.

Do be aware, however, that there is a distinct difference between being sensitive to products, sensitive as a skin type, or having a reaction to a product. Many people may have a minor reaction to an everyday household object. Whereas others, like myself, can have an allergic reaction to chemicals in certain soaps and makeup.

What To Do About Your Skin Type

We’re really glad you asked. No, really. Sadly, though, this is a topic that is so long, it actually needs a blog post of it’s own. That being said, I clearly have a lot of free time on my hands – and I really do love helping people. So, check back here over the next few days. I’ll have written a new post for you by then. I’ll try to be quick – at least in time for some upcoming spring/summer sales.

FAQ’s on Skin Type

What Is Normal to Combination Skin?

This one is based on the answers you gave above. Essentially, it is when your skin is both ‘normal’ and oily. Because our bodies just like to have fun with us, like that. The usual combination is that your t-zone is oily, but the rest of your face isn’t. However, the cheeks and chin are also prime culprits for getting greasy when they feel like it.

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It also relies on your skin not being considered dry. Thus, some of you out there may have dry to combination skin (like me), or dry to normal. Sadly, this means that when you’re trying to wash your face with a purchase designed for your needs, you may need to avoid some areas.

Can Sensitive Skin Be Cured?

In a way, yes. While it’s not going to be a case of taking a pill and it going away, there are things you can do to help. Some of the most common reasons people have sensitive skin are also some of the most adaptable. For example, sensitive skin can be caused by dehydration. Exposure to the elements, or having the heating set to a high temperature, can also affect sensitivity.

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There are also some common skin conditions that can cause sensitivity. Rosacea, eczema and contact dermatitis are just some of the reasons why your skin may feel like it’s screaming at you, at times. We’ll be delving into these, in the next few weeks. So, if you’re looking for help with these, or any other skin conditions you may think you have – or have been diagnosed with by a doctor, just let us know. As always, we’re here to help and more than happy to create no-bullshit articles based on your interests.



Editor-in-chief, lover of UX/UI and copywriter by trade. Wendy can usually be found ranting to herself over on Twitter, educating herself about health and wellness, parenting or gaming. Luckily, she doesn't do all of these things at the same time - though you'd be surprised how often they cross over.

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