How to determine skin type

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how to determine skin typeThe Guide to Determine your Skin Type

Life seem sunfair.Well, just quite… Not every woman has a curvy body, long shapely legs and near perfect skin. They all ring a bell, especially the last one!

Having an impeccable skin type is utterly envy-worthy. You have seen it in movie stars, fashion models and sometimes, in ordinary human beings in your neighborhood. Many are probably nodding their heads now. Besides, who will not want to save some bucks from pricey cosmetic products just to cover up facial imperfections and very expensive skin treatments used to cure breakouts? Lesser skin problems lead to deeper pockets. Agree?!

The skin care industry is nowhere near a downfall because of the millions who patronize its products and services. People are coveting for the best possible skin type they could have- white or bronzed, no crow’s feet, healthy and just easy on the eyes.


Now, here’s some science. Skin is the largest part of the body. As the outer covering, it controls body temperature and provides protection. It is composed of multiple layers with structural proteins and other essential elements. Evidently, there are different skin types. Truth is not every type is equal. names Halle Berry, Ashton Kutcher, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Reynolds and Liv Tyler as Hollywood celebrities with the best skin. They are just some who are blessed with these two: good genes plus lots of money. The former explains enough the presence of their appealing skin features while the latter makes it possible for them to have skin-perfecting strategies within reach anytime.

Okay, you may not be like Halle or Liv, but are you aware of what your skin type is? Your answer is key to know the next steps you have to take to achieve and maintain your healthy glow. So, read through the list.

what is my skin type

Normal Skin

Glowing complexion, reduced pore size, almost flawless texture and no signs of sensitivity are just some evidences that you are sporting a normal skin type. Normal skin has no blackheads, uneven tone and fine lines. It is not too dry and not too oily. However, it is believed that normal skin type rarely exists.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is dull and has rough surface. It lacks moisture. The cold weather, soap ingredients, long hot showers and some medicines can bring about this type of skin. As you age, skin becomes drier.

Oily Skin

You probably had this type of skin when you were much younger. And you remember that greasy face on your high school picture? This is it! Oily skin is common to those in adolescence stage and results from stress and too much heat exposure.


The red patches, dryness and itchy feeling are indications that you have sensitive skin. This type is slightly difficult to safeguard. You will have to shield your skin from some irritants or allergens to decrease its sensitivity.


what is combination skinWhat is combination skin

Stand in a mirror and take a look at your T-zone. That is where your nose, forehead and chin are. If in other areas, skin is normal or dry and oily in some, it’s confirmed! You have a combination skin type.

Do your folks have this type of skin too? You probably got it from them. Genetic or hormonal factors are considered reasons for having combination skin.

Maybe you already got an idea now what your skin type is. Great, but if you are not sure yet, the next move is to do a skin type test.


 How to determine skin type:

1)     Note the natural color of your skin. Is it rosy, brown or yellowish?

2)     Observe your skin in different weather conditions and other different circumstances. Does it break during the winter season? How does it look like when you wake up every morning or after washing?

3)     Try out new beauty products. Inspect how your skin will react to different kinds of facial wash, moisturizers and toners.

4)     Do the blotting paper challenge. After dabbing it on your face, does the paper look oily?

5)     Touch your skin with clean hands. How does it feel?

6)     Check your face for pimples and other zits. Do you have them often?

7)     Spot some fine lines around your eyes, forehead, mouth and other areas on your face.

8)     Whenever you stay under the sun for long hours, expect if adverse changes happen to your skin.

9)     Do you experience tightening in some areas on your face?

10)When wearing make-up, how many times do you have to do touch-ups?

With all the details given to you, it is still far better to consult a dermatologist regarding your skin. Accept that nothing will beat the expertise of professionals. At times, trusting your own opinion bring more harm than good. Certainly, you will not want to put your skin to any danger.

You may not have the best skin that you sport year round, but know that every skin flaw or problem has a solution. Keep in mind that having wrinkles or freckles or acne is definitely not the end of the world.
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