What is your skin type?

It is quite easy to determine your skin type and once you have learnt how, it will be easy to decide what moisturiser, cosmetics and cleansers you need to buy.

Wash your face with a skin cleanser, then rinse and pat dry, wait an hour.

Does your skin feel “tight”?

Next, press a separate piece of tissue onto each area of your face – your chin, center of cheeks, outer cheeks, center of forehead, outer forehead and nose and then check each tissue looking for oily residue or flaky skin residue.

Oil on each tissue indicates that you have an oily skin type, while oil on only some tissues (specifically those on the T-zone, which is the center of forehead, nose, chin and center of cheeks) means you have a combination skin type. Flaky skin residue on all tissues – without oily residue – or a tight feeling in the skin indicates a dry skin type. No oil and no flaky residue on any parts of the tissue indicates a normal skin type.


  • The size of your pores can be another indication of skin type, if your pores are small then this generally means you have dry skin, while larger pores mean an oily skin.
  • Remember that there are many factors that affect your skin type, such as weather, emotions, hormones and stress, and this will cause your skin type to be in a constant state of fluctuation.
  • Beware of “Combination skin” products that claim to serve different functions on different parts of the face. You’re better off using different products on different areas.

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