How to determine your skin type

Simple test to identify your basic skin type

how to determine your skin type

  1. Wash your face
  2. Let it dry and wait one hour
  3. Gently dab your face with a tissue

Use a gentle cleansing soap, preferably one that does not contain too many artificial perfumes or synthetic ingredients. Try not to over-wash, just clean it as you normally would. One or two applications of soap and water should be fine. It is important that you do not touch your face during this time with your hands. They may be oily and it will affect the outcome of the test. It’s best not to eat anything and only drink water during this time.    Use the tissue and apply gentle pressure against the nose, cheeks, and forehead. Pay attention to how this process feels to help determine your skin type.

Determining your results

If the tissue appears oily, then you have an oily type of skin. You may even be able to tell this just dabbing your face with the tissue – it will feel oily.

If you have a dry skin type, the tissue may show flakes of dead skin or it may be uncomfortable when dabbing your face.

A normal skin type will feel soft and smooth and the tissue won’t change much.

Lastly, a person with a sensitive type of skin may experience some irritation or itchy sensation during or after the test.


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