Skin type

How to Find Out Your Skin Type

In my last post, I talked about how knowing your skin type will help you in your skin care journey.

Today, I’m going to talk about how you can figure out what type of skin you have, so you can easily choose products that will work for you.

Going to a dermatologist would definitely be the best option, but there are other easier ways to find out what your skin will require.

One way is the day test method.

This is when you observe your skin during the day, so that the result can decide for you.

  • A skin that is glowy and oily by the end of the day is an oily skin type
  • A skin that is flaky or tight is a dry skin type
  • A skin with both oily (Mostly on the T section) is tight is a combination skin type
  • A skin that is neither oily, tight or glowy is normal.

Although this should be a very straight forward and easy method, not everybody’s day looks the same. there are external factors (scortching sun, windy weather, or even a shower or a swim session during the day) that could interfere with this test and give you false results. This is why the wash test should be more accurate.

Photo by Camille Brodard

This method requires washing your face and leaving it to dry up for about 30 minutes

  • If it turns out oily, then you have an oily skin
  • If your skin feels tight, then you have a dry skin
  • If the oil is not so much and your skin doesn’t feel too tight, then it’s normal
  • If there’s a mixture of the different types, then you have a combination skin type.

If all of these fail, then I’ll advice you to please go and see a dermatologist.


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