• January 10, 2020

How To Determine Skin Type

The increase of skincare products in the marketplace can be overwhelming, leaving you with the question; “which one is best for me”? You probably already know that the first and most important step in taking care of your skin properly is determining your skin type.

But really, how do you determine your skin type? Has anyone shown you how to find your skin type? Is there a simple DIY skin type test available or must you make an appointment with an esthetician or dermatologist?

Let us explore together and discover a simple test you can do to determine your skin type.  This test is very simple. You do not need to purchase anything for this test. Matter of fact, you probably have the materials in your home!

Materials Needed
Toilet tissue or facial tissue (cut into 4 squares). Total squares: 8
Scissors to cut facial tissue into squares, if using.

  1. Cleanse/wash your face.  Pat dry then wait for approximately 60 minutes.
  2. Note which parts of your skin feels tight or dry.
  3.  Press a square of  toilet tissue or facial tissue on your chin. Check tissue for an oily residue or flakiness.
  4. Repeat the process using a new tissue each time on the center of your cheeks, the outer cheeks, the center of your forehead, outer forehead, and your nose.

An oily residue on all of the tissues indicate an Oily Skin Type.

If oil is left on some of the tissues, the T-zone (forehead,  nose and chin) and the cheeks are tight and/or flaky. This indicates a Combination  Skin.

No Oil or flakiness on the tissues indicate a Normal Skin.

A tight feeling or flaky skin that’s not oily indicate a Dry Skin.

Determining your skin type can help you choose the best products for your skin. You skin type might change from season to season or as you age. Therefore, it is important to do the skin type test more than once.


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