How to Determine Your Skin Type

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Although beauty may only be skin deep, discovering the right skin care to suit your particular skin type can often be challenging. Clear, healthy skin is often considered fundamental to looking your best, however – if you suffer from dry, scaly or acne-affected skin cells – you may feel you have to work a little harder to get the outermost layer of your skin looking and feeling smooth.

Skin care should be a part of your daily routine, and is extremely important part of any healthy beauty regime and lifestyle.

So, before you opt for beauty products that may in fact be aggravating your skin even more, here are a few skin type facts you need to know, and how to determine which type you are to make sure you provide yourself, and your skin, with the treatment to suit.


The Basics

Each individual’s skin is different, and the type of care it requires will vary from person to person. Understanding a few main categories of skin types and how they differ from one another can help you decipher what your skin needs, and in turn, will help you understand your own skin better and how to the best from it, naturally.


The Types

Normal – People with a normal complexion have the ideal skin type. The skin is not too oily or dry, and it appears smooth, clear and healthy. Normal skin has a nice balance of oil and moisture, with good elasticity.

Dry – Many people have a dry skin type. Dry skin does not retain enough moisture, which causes fine lines and wrinkles to develop easier. A lack of moisture makes the skin flaky and fragile, reducing its ability to act as a protective barrier.

Oily – Some people have oily skin, particularly during adolescence. The skin has large pores and produces too much oil, giving it a greasy and shiny appearance. Oily skin is more prone to developing pimples, blackheads and blemishes.

Combination – People with a combination skin type have both dry and oily areas. The skin is usually most oily around the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) with dry patches on the cheeks and around the eyes. Combination skin can often be difficult to manage, and different areas will require different treatment.

Sensitive - Sensitive skin types are most fragile, and are prone to irritation and redness.


The Test

Discovering your skin type is an important first step in knowing how to treat your skin, what products to use and how to acquire a healthy and glowing skin type.

1.       Wash your face

Remove make-up, wash face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. This cleans away oils and dirt that may have gathered during the day, giving your skin a fresh start. Tip: Do not over-wash.

2.       Wait an hour

During this time, your skin should return to its natural state. These characteristics will determine your skin type. Tip: Try to avoid touching your face before testing.

3.       Dab face with a tissue

Pay particular attention to the ‘T-zone’ area, patting the area of your forehead and nose.

4.       Determine your skin type

Refer back to skin types above and determine skin type from tissue results, as follows:

Normal – Skin shows neither oil nor flaking. It should feel supple and smooth.

Oily – Skin is characterised by the grease on the tissue. Skin will appear to have large pores and shiny.

Dry – Skin may feel taut or show flakes of dead skin. It is associated with small pores.

Combination – Combination skin exhibits traits of all skin types. Skin is oily in the T-zone section, yet dry elsewhere.


Here at Skinstation, we are proud to be one of the UK’s leading providers of quality and designed-to-suit-you skin care options and treatments. We provide the very best in proven skin care options, and offer a range of quality brands including Obagi Nu Derm. We understand the importance of our client’s individual needs, so for further information, or to speak to one of our friendly and professional team – please do not hesitate to contact us on 01481 736 699 and book your consultation today!

Latest update: 05/11/2019
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