Five Easy Steps to Determine Your Skin Type

By Abigail Jones

Getting to know your skin is the first important step in knowing how to care for it properly.  To determine what makeup and face-care products you should be using during your morning and evening rituals, you must first know your skin inside and out. While you may be confident you know your skin type, our skin is prone to change over time.  Our skin is also at the mercy of the products we use, our hormone levels, and weather conditions.  Here are five steps that make determining your skin type as easy as walking down the makeup aisle:

  1. Clear your face of all makeup and cleanse your face with your usual facewash or cleanser
  2. Leave your skin to dry for at least one hour – do not apply any oils, serums or creams within this time
  3. Grab some blotting paper.  If you don’t have blotting paper, separate a sheet of toilet roll until you are left with a singly ply.
  4. Press the tissue to your T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin), and use another tissue to blot your cheeks.
  5. Examine the tissue and see the results!

If the tissue appears oil-free and your skin feels smooth to touch, you have what the beauty industry refers to as ‘normal skin’ – and girl, have you hit the jackpot!  Normal skin is relatively smooth and soft with minimal blemishes and has an ideal moisture level.  You can reach for products with a formula for ‘normal skin types’.

If there is no oil on the tissue paper and your skin feels tight and constricted, or if your skin appears flaky, you most likely have what beauty experts refer to as ‘dry skin’.  Dry skin is thirsty for moisture and needs a little bit of tender love and care.  Be sure to exfoliate with a gentle scrub to smooth and remove dry or dead skin, and moisturise morning and night to ensure your parched skin can drink up the hydration. 

If the tissue shows spots of oil from both your T-Zone and cheeks, then you have what the beauty industry calls ‘oily skin’.  This type of skin produces more moisture than normal skin, so try to avoid products that include oils, as your skin won’t thank you for it! Exfoliate daily to eliminate prevent sebum build-up which can lead to break-outs and blemishes.

If the tissue found oil in some areas and dryness in others, it is likely that you have what the beauty industry refers to as ‘combination skin’. This means that you have areas of normal, dry and oily skin – your skin is a special kind of hybrid!  It is important to ensure that you are nourishing your skin with a moisturiser that is not too heavy or thick. This way, dry areas can become hydrated without the T-Zone becoming clogged.

Follow these five simple steps every few months and your skin will become your best friend!