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How to Know Your Skin Type

by Deborah Duffey, Chief Product Development Officer and President  May 31, 2024

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Your skin is as unique as you are, and understanding its individual needs is the key to achieving a healthy, radiant complexion. In this guide, we'll walk you through simple and effective methods to determine whether your skin is oily, dry, or a combination of the two.

Take a moment to observe your skin without any skincare products on it. How does it feel? Does it appear shiny and greasy, or does it feel tight and rough?

Signs of Oily Skin

If your skin feels greasy to the touch, especially in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), and you notice enlarged pores and a tendency for acne breakouts, you likely have oily skin.

Signs of Dry Skin

If your skin feels tight, rough, and prone to flakiness or irritation, you may have dry skin. Dry skin often lacks moisture and may appear dull or lackluster.

Signs of Combination Skin

Combination skin presents a mix of both oily and dry characteristics. You may notice that your T-zone is oily while other areas of your face, such as the cheeks, feel dry or normal.

The Tissue Paper Test: A Simple Trick for Skin Assessment

The tissue paper test is a quick and easy way to determine your skin type. Take a clean tissue paper and gently press it against different areas of your face, including the forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. 

After a few seconds, lift the tissue paper and observe the results. If you notice oil residue on the tissue, particularly in the T-zone, you likely have oily or combination skin. If there's minimal to no oil residue, your skin may be dry or normal.

Making Informed Decisions

If you're still unsure about your skin type or need personalized guidance, consider scheduling a consultation skincare specialist or reach out to us on our live chat. Experts can assess your skin and offer tailored recommendations based on your specific needs and concerns.

Understanding your skin type is the first step towards creating a skincare routine that works for you. By paying attention to subtle cues and using simple assessment methods like the tissue paper test, you can determine your skin type with confidence and cater to your skin's unique needs and preferences.