How to Figure Out Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type is extremely important. However, skin can be a deceiving organ, and figuring out your skin type isn’t as easy as looking in the mirror. That’s why we’ve created a guide on how to figure out your skin type in three simple steps. If you’ve ever wondered how to identify the best ways to treat your unique facial concerns, you’ve come to the right place.

How to Figure Out your Skin Type:

Step 1: Wash Your Face

Wash off any makeup, oil or dirt on your face, and double cleanse for the best results.

This step is essential in figuring out your skin type because any product residue on your face makes it difficult to understand what your true skin type is.

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Step 2: Wait

To properly figure out your skin type, wait for 30 minutes to an hour without putting any product on, we know it’s difficult, but you’ll thank us later. This step is like working on a slow computer, it’s annoying and it brings out the true menace in you. Same goes for your skin in this process.

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Step 3: Examine Your Skin

Once you’ve washed and waited patiently, you’re ready to examine your skin in order to figure out your skin type.

If you have…

Dry Skin

If your skin type is dry, your face will feel tight and possibly itchy after this experiment, you will see little to no oil produced in either your T-zone or other areas of your face. 

Dry skin is prone to breakouts and redness and peeling if it is not properly moisturized. It’s important to use a moisturizer that penetrates deeply into your skin cells rather than simply sitting on top.

Here are some of our favorite products to use to effectively combat dry skin.

Read more tips on how to treat dry skin here.

Oily Skin

If your skin type is oily, your face will feel slick and look shiny after an hour with a clean, product-free face.

When you swab a tissue or blotting paper over your skin and hold it up to the light, you will be able to tell just how oily your natural skin is by how much oil is absorbed by the tissue.

Oily skin is prone to breakouts more than any other skin type because its overproduction of oil causes clogged pores. This is why it is important to use a non-aggressive manual exfoliant a few times a week to promote a more mattified texture.

Here are our favorite safe and natural manual exfoliants.

Read more about the right way to hydrate oily skin here.

Normal/ Combination Skin

If your skin is oily in some areas, and dry in others, you probably have normal/combination skin. This kind of skin type, though most common, is arguably the most difficult to work with since it requires targeted products for different areas of your face.

In general, it is a safe bet to use gel-like moisturizing products on your T-zone or other areas that may be oily, and a cream or serum-based moisturizer on areas that may be dry.

Here are some of our favorite products to pair together for normal/combination skin.

For more personalized moisturizer recommendations, click here. 

Although figuring out the right regimen for your skin type can be difficult, once you find what works for you there will be no looking back. When experimenting with new products, it is important to introduce them into your regimen one at a time in order to be able to determine how they are impacting your skin.

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If you have any questions about figuring out your skin type, the best kind of products to use for certain concerns or simply just want to chat about anything skincare related, be sure to direct message us at @SkinStore on Instagram.

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