Skincare 101: Understanding Your Skin Type and how to identify yours

Understanding your skin type is the first step in getting the results you want for your skin. So if you are one of those people who is  overwhelmed by the endless array of cleansers, serums, and moisturizers lining the drugstore shelves ask the following questions 

‘’What product should I use? ‘Recommend a product for my skin ‘’ ‘’I have light skin or I have dark skin ‘


Our skin types are like fingerprints – unique to each of us none is exactly alike. Each skin type has its set of unique characteristics and needs that can affect the look and feel of your complexion.

The Five Skin Type Squad:

 Here’s a breakdown of the five main players.

1. Normal Skin: The dream team! Balanced and comfortable, with minimal oiliness or dryness. Pores are generally less visible.

2. Dry Skin: Often feels tight and flaky, especially after cleansing or showering. Prone to redness and irritation.

3. Oily Skin: Characterized by a shiny appearance and enlarged pores. Blackheads and breakouts can be common.

4. Combination Skin: A mix of both worlds! T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) tends to be oily, while cheeks are normal or dry.

5. Sensitive skin: this is often referred to as a skin type, but it’s possible to have any of the four skin types above and have sensitive skin. if you have sensitive skin, it may appear red and feel like it’s burning, itching, or dry.

Unmasking Your Skin Type at Home

So, how do you identify your skin type? here’s a simple way to find out :

Wash and Wait Method

Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat it dry. Wait 30 minutes. Notice any shine? Oily skin might be your culprit.

Feeling tight or flaky? Dry skin is a suspect. Balanced and comfortable? You might have normal skin. For combination skin, watch for shine in the T-zone and dryness elsewhere.

The Blotting Sheet Test

After cleansing and drying, gently press a blotting sheet on different areas of your face. Lots of oil absorbed?

Oily skin. Minimal oil transfer? Dry skin. Oil concentrated in the T-zone? Combination skin is a strong possibility.

The Takeaway:

Knowing your skin type is the foundation for building a skincare routine that works for you. Choosing products without knowing what will work for it, is like attempting to drive a car without ever having lessons – disastrous. 

To get more details on what to expect with your skin type download this free guide.

Download Your Skin type guide here

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