It’s the one question you need to know the answer to whenever you look for skincare or if you are tying to solve a skin breakout – what is my skin type. It’s the starting point to making sure that your skincare works properly, so you don’t damage your skin barrier or waste money on the wrong product choice (which we’ve all done). If you can work out your skin type, you can get the right products and routine in place. 

Here are 2 simple steps to help you work out your skin type:

  • Wash you face with a gentle cleanser and gently pat dry

  • Wait for 30 mins and then take a look at your face – you’re looking for one of the following:

  • Shiny skin – if you have a sheen all over your face, like you’ve put on too much highlighter, you have OILY SKIN

  • Dull & shiny – if you have a shiny forehead, nose and / or chin with drier cheeks, you have COMBINATION SKIN

  • Tight or uncomfortable - if your skin feels tight or itchy, looks a little flaky and lines are showing, you have DRY SKIN

  • Nothing – if you skin looks matte, and isn’t uncomfortable / tight or itchy, you have NORMAL SKIN

Skincare commentator, Hyram shared a great tip, to look at your pores in a magnifying mirror after cleansing (and after waiting for 30 mins).  'The bigger your pore, the more active the skin is in making oil, and visa-versa, the smaller your pores, the less oil is being made'

You could also use blotting paper as a final test – cleanse, wait for 30 mins then blot your skin with the blotting paper. You can get a good idea of your skin type from the amount of oil that your paper picks up, and where on your face.

You’ve worked out your skin type it’s important to remember that over time, this can change – hormones and aging can mean that things can and will change, but also seasonality and the climate can cause changes too. The good news is you’ve taken the first step and know how to work out your skin type in the future so a little be of control is in place

Infographic to share steps on how to work out your skin type. Yellow background with white pull out text blocks that share definitions of oily skin, combination skin, dry skin and normal skin types

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We hope that you've found this blog helpful - if you have any questions or would like to share your skincare journey with us, we'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch via the form below or by DM on IG. 




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