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How to determinate your skin type?

April 27, 2017

The first step towards beautiful and healthy skin is to determinate your skin type. Confused about which skin type you have? You are not alone, there are many women mistakenly determining their skin type. As a result, they end up using wrong products and skincare regime. Wrongly determining your skin type can potentially dehydrate your skin, lead to acne, irritation or make your skin looking older than it really is.

    So how to start?

    STEP 1: Observe your skin and notice how it feels

    Combination skin

    Your forehead, nose, and chin are oily and tend to break out. Your temples, cheeks and area of eyes are on the other hand really dry. It can also be oily and dry in different locations, but if you notice two or more different textures on your face, it is a sign that you are dealing with combination skin. Does your skin changes according to the climate or season? Oilier in summer, drier in winter. Then you ave a combination skin type. 

    Oily skin

    Your face looks and feels greasy and shiny all over. You tend to have clogged pores, and your skin is prone to both noninflammatory acne (blackheads and whiteheads) and inflammatory acne (pimples and cystic zits), which pop up all over. If you need to blot your face every few hours to get rid of excess oil that means you have an oily skin.


    Your skin is smooth and radiant because it has the right amount of water and lipids. It feels even, it’s neither too dry nor too oily or sensitive. Your complexion is balanced (not too oily or too dry), and you rarely have breakouts. You don’t notice any changes in your skin throughout the day or depending on a season.


    You flush easily or have red patches or eczema (a dry, rash like condition). Your skin often feels rough, tight, or dry—even an hour after applying your moisturizer. Skin products, sunblocks, and cosmetics sometimes sting or cause redness. Sensitive skin usually feels itchy, patchy, dry and can sometimes sting.

    STEP 2: Take a look at your pores 

    Combination skin - Pores are clogged mostly around the nose and in T-zone, rest of the face has small or no pores. 

    Normal - Pores are unnoticeable.

    Oily skin - Large pores, often clogged.

    Dry/Sensitive - People with dry skin typically have small to normal pores that often feel tight.

    STEP 3: How does your skin feels after cleansing

    Combination skin - Feels cleaned around the nose and forehead, tight and dry around the cheeks.

    Normal skin - Skin feels clean and clear after cleansing. Tighter if you are using more aggressive cleanser.

    Oily skin - Skin feels clean and oil-free, however after skin will quickly become oily again.

    Dry/sensitive skin - Skin feels tight and dehydrated. Sensitive skin can be triggered right after cleansing. It feels itchy and irritated.

    STEP 4: How often do you need to moisterize your skin 

    Combination skin - Dry areas of your face needs more added moisture then the T-Zone.

    Normal skin - People with normal skin generally moisterize the skin twice a day - morning and evening. Skin doesn't need additional moisture.

    Oily skin - Moisturizer can make the skin even oilier, correct choice of moisturizer is necessary. 

    Dry/sensitive skin - Dry skin demands a lot of moisturizer throughout the day. Re-applying is required.


    As you read through, which skin type sounded most like yours? Which category was most mirroring your experience? 

    If you are still not sure which skin type you have, visit an estheticians or dermatologist nearby to help you to determinate your skin.

    For reading more about your skin types and skin routines, check the skincare-soul all in one sets (oily, combination, normal and dry) to find additional information.