How to identify your skin type

Pic: Kyla Magazine

Finding out your skin type is vital. Knowing your skin type helps you treat problematic areas and maintain glowing skin. If you’re using the wrong products, you could end up not seeing the results that you’re looking for.

Have you ever noticed whether your skin is oily, dry, combination or possibly just normal? Or maybe you can’t even tell! Here is all the information that you need. Your answers can be found out through the simple observation of a skin type test.

Skin type test

Skin types can be identified typically through the simple act of observation. This test can be performed in the comfort of your own home, and help you identify what type of skin you have, all in the space of thirty minutes. Don’t worry, the majority of time is spent relaxing with a clean face so it’s a breeze. Plus, everyone loves a bit of self-care.

Step 1 –


The first step is to cleanse. This means washing your face with a gentle gel-based cleanser. Foam the cleanser up in your hands for a couple of seconds until it lathers up and then gently rub it across your face for about thirty seconds before rinsing off with lukewarm water. After that, gently patting your face dry with a flannel. 

Step 2

Wait thirty minutes

Once your face is cleansed, let your face rest for half an hour. Make sure not to put anything on the freshly cleansed skin and avoid the habit to touch. Be careful by avoiding the outside, exposure to the sun could damage your skin and alter you results.

Step 3 –

Examine your skin

Once the thirty minutes are completed, approach a mirror and closely examine your skin. You can identify your skin based on its natural characteristics.

Your type of skin refers to its hydration levels. There are four main different types of healthy skin: oily, dry, normal and combination skin. This is usually dependent on your genetics, however, there are various internal and external factors it is subjected to.

The four main skin types

Oily skin

Products for oily skin. Pic: Kyla Magazine, Paula’s choice, FAB, The Ordinary.

If you have oily skin, you’ll tend to produce an excess oil. This causes the skin to appear shiny and feel slick to the touch, particularly within the t-zone (the forehead, nose and chin area). You may find that you have enlarged pores and be no stranger to acne blemishes and breakouts.

With the right skincare products, they can help balance the skin make it appear smoother. For those who have oily skin, it is best to avoid rich thick creams in your morning routine. Chemical exfoliants are the way forward for people with oily skin as it gently speeds up cell turnover and better penetrates oily pores. The Paula’s Choice exfoliant is a great example of a chemical exfoliant as it helps clear out pores and reduce breakouts with its anti-inflammatory properties.

Dry skin

Products for dry skin. Pic: Kyla Magazine, The Inkey List, Weleda, Body Shop.

If you notice that your face feels tight, stripped, or appears flaky, almost like there is no hydration left on your face, this means you have dry skin. It is typical for dry skin to look flat, rough and even sometimes scaly and irritated.

The right skincare products for dry skin will help to nourish the skin, all whilst repairing the skin’s critical barrier and preventing moisture loss. These products tend to be those filled with essential molecules to make up half of the outer layer of your skin. CeraVe is recommended for those with dry skin as their products include three essential molecules which are identical to those found naturally in your skin.

Combination skin

Products for combination skin. Pic: Kyla Magazine, Cosex, Dr.Jart+, Dr Dennis Gross.

If you usually have parts of your face which are dry or normal, whilst some are oily, then this is most likely combination skin. The oily parts of your skin may have enlarged pores, blackheads and signs of breakouts.

Fear not! Combination skin is not a problem with the correct products for your targeted skin. Similarly, to oily skin, those with combination skin will benefit from using a chemical exfoliant on the oilier areas of the face.

Normal skin

Products for normal skin. Pic: Kyla Magazine, Cetaphil, Liz Earle, CeraVe.

If you don’t notice any tightness to your skin, it doesn’t feel greasy, and doesn’t seem to look or feel dry, then you have normal skin – congratulations! You are one of the lucky ones! Those with normal skin tend to have pores that appear smaller, and the skin is less likely to be prone to blemishes or sensitivity, and the skin texture is smooth.

Even if you are fortunate to have normal skin it is still important to maintain a daily skincare routine with products that will keep your skin looking hydrated, healthy and smooth.

Now that you’ve discovered you skin type, you can proceed with finding the perfect products for your type of skin, and managing your own daily skincare routine. You may find products that work well cross-platform, but knowing your skin type will give you the access to niche products that are tailor-made for your type of skin.


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