How to Determine Your Skin Type
There are five main skin types
Dry – Dry skin tends to be thinner; pores are smaller but fine lines and wrinkles appear more visible. Perspiration from active heat causes dehydration and therefore makes the skin dry.
Oily – Oily skin has thicker skin and larger pores. The main area of showing you have this skin type is what we call the “T Zone” area which is the forehead, nose and can be cheeks. This is due to your skin producing more sebum and sweat.
Combination – Combination skin has both dry and oily areas again the “T Zone” areas are the nose and forehead, and the dry areas are mostly the cheeks and chin.
Sensitive – Sensitive skin tends to have red blotchy areas, mainly on the cheeks and chin. This can be caused by many factors, some of which are heat, allergies, products applied to the skin or skin disorders.
Normal – This is one of the best types of skin, if you are blessed with it then Yayy! Skin will be soft, supple, rosy cheeks and free from blemishes.
Bare face method
An easy way to determine your skin type is by using the bare face method. Start by washing your face with a light unperfumed cleanser and gently pat dry with a cotton towel.
Let your skin breathe for 15-20 minutes (don't apply any moisturizer, serum or sunscreen). Check your skin and observe whether it feels parched, especially when you smile, your skin will feel tight this shows you have dry skin.
If there is any noticeable shine on your T zone area (nose and forehead), you have combination skin (oily and dry).
If your skin appears red, especially on the cheeks and you feel the heat then your skin type is sensitive.
Blotting sheet method
Blotting paper is also a method when determining what type of skin you have. Gently pat the blotting paper on specific areas, then hold the paper up to a light to discover how much oil is visible. Where there is visible oil your skin, your skin type will be combination skin.