Determine your skin type, 3 easy steps

Have you ever heard about how important it is to take care of  your skin?

Before I became a cosmetologist I was never told how important it was to wash my face (that is probably why I had major acne as a kid) and I had never heard that there were different skin types or that their were specific types of products needed to be used for my skin type.

So the next question I’m going to ask you is…Do you know your skin type?

Well, I’m going to share with you 3 easy steps that you can do at home to determine if your skin is dry, oily, normal, or a combination of it all!

Step 1
Wash your face. Do not use any moisturizers or other products. Use only warm water and a gentle cleanser (preferably something that you know will penetrate past the epidermis)This will let you start with a fresh face and will allow your skin to breathe.
Step 2
Now it is time to Wait!! You want to let your face rest for at least 1-2 hours– if you could do this overnight, that would be even better. As your face rests without any products, it is able to return to its natural state.
Step 3
Testing time! There are a couple things that we are going to test – what your skin looks like and how it feels. Normal: Your skin is going to look uniform – no flakes, no oily spots. It will feel smooth.
Oily: There will be a shine to your skin and it will feel almost silky. This skin type is prone to acne breakouts.
Dry: You might see some flaky patches on your skin and it might feel tightly stretched across your face. Sometimes this skin type can be more sensitive.
Combination: (which is the most common) if you haven’t guessed it, this is a combo of all three types. You will probably have an oily “T-zone”, but everywhere else (C-zone) is likely either dry or normal.

Keep in mind that skin types do change! I know pretty crazy right? You just figure out what your skin is doing and then BOOM it changes its mind! Trust me, I know that it can be very frustrating, but knowing what your skin does in certain situations can really help with these changes.

Here are just a few things that can change your skin type:
  • A change in your health
  • Daily activities
  • Aging
  • Change in seasons/weather
  • Temperature changes
  • Change in products

Now that you know your skin type, you are probably wondering which products would be best for your particular skin type… right? Well as you may already know, there are tons and tons of different skin care brands with all different products. You may have already tried some things and they didn’t work.  It will usually take a few trial and errors to find which works perfectly for  you. Some companies or your local esthetician offer one-on-one consultations to help with picking what is right for your skin.

I am one of those that will offer one-on-one’s because I feel like it is important to see and try the products before changing your skin care regime…
Unless you live far away, then I am happy to do online consultations.


To help you further, take a look at the charts to see which products meet your skin type criteria:

If you find what you need then it’s time for some shopping therapy…

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