Skin Type Guide
What’s My Skin Type?
Love it or hate it – your skin is here to stay – so you may as well figure it’s ins and outs. In fact, the more you get to know your skin, the better you can take care of it, and, as with anything in life, the nicer you are to your skin, the nicer it’ll be to you!
Did you know that your skin type holds the secret to your ideal skincare routine?
That’s right, a flawless complexion is within your grasp! So, we’re going to perform a deep dive on skin types that should make you all the wiser when it comes to your skincare, but if it doesn’t, worry not. We have a handy skin type quiz for you – enjoy!
So, what types of skin are there?
In a nutshell:
- Balanced: Neither too dry nor oily.
- Dry: You guessed it - skin that’s prone to dryness.
- Oily: Again, no prizes for knowing that oily skin tends to have excess oiliness.
- Combination: As the name suggests- skin that’s prone to both dryness and oiliness.
What Determines Your Skin Type?
Your skin type is primarily written in your DNA (thank you, parents,) however; additional factors such as climate, health, and skincare products can also play a role in the condition of your skin.
No matter how uniquely mystifying your skin may seem to be, it actually falls into one of 4 main skin types! Let’s get to know them in more detail:
Balanced (Normal) Skin
What is Balanced Skin?
This is the Goldilocks zone of skin types. It's not too anything. It’s just right. If you have it – congratulations – you’ve won the skin type lottery!
Signs you Have balanced Skin:
- You only have breakouts on rare occasions.
- Blemishes are a non-issue for you.
- You have an even skin tone.
- Your pores are small and barely visible.
- You have no noticeable imperfections.
Balanced Skin feels: Completely normal.
What is Dry Skin?
Dry skin just can’t seem to hold on to moisture. You can drink gallons of water, pamper it with the finest moisturizers, but somehow the dryness doesn’t seem to let up! This means your sebaceous glands are simply a little on the slower side and aren’t too generous with their oil stores.
Signs You Have Dry Skin:
- Dryness (duh, I know.)
- Persistent, unshakeable acne.
- Flaky skin that’s slight to severe in nature.
- Redness and itchiness.
- Skin texture that looks and feels rough.
Dry Skin feels: tight, taut, and sometimes slightly painful, especially when product is applied to the face.
What is Oily Skin?
Oily skin is the result of eager sebaceous glands that tend to overproduce oils. While oily skin can be a bother to deal with, it comes with the added benefits of delayed aging and overall healthier skin!
Signs You Have Oily Skin:
- Lightly greasy skin in the morning that gets greasier throughout the day.
- Occasional or persistent pimples, sometimes acne.
- Clogged, enlarged pores and blackheads.
- Makeup doesn't stay on and seems to "slide" off.
Oily Skin feels: Greasy and somewhat stuffy, you may feel slightly "unkempt" even if your face is perfectly cleansed.
What is Combination skin?
Combination skin is a 50:50 skin type, made up of equal parts oiliness and dryness. It’s the most common skin type and often characterized by noticeable oiliness in the T-zone.
Signs You Have Combination Skin:
- Your T-zone is oily, but the surrounding area is dry.
- You have larger pores on your nose, chin, and forehead.
- You experience mild breakouts & dryness at the same time.
- Uneven skin tone.
- Your skin gets oilier in the summer and drier in winter.
- Your makeup tends to look patchy.
Combination skin feels: kind of annoying. You may become frustrated with the painful, tight, dry patches that are right next to greasier spots.
What is sensitive skin?
Just to be clear- sensitive skin is technically not a skin type, rather a skin condition. It can be characterized by conditions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis. Sensitive skin is primarily described as ‘reactive’ , meaning it produces a reaction to anything applied to it (sometimes even sunshine!)
Signs you have sensitive skin:
- Swollen and itchy skin.
- Skin redness.
- Stinging or burning sensation.
- Bumpy or scaly skin
- Uneven complexion.
How Can I Check my Skin Type?
Is your skin still a mystery? We’ve got just the thing to help you pin that skin type down! Use our fast and easy flow chart to make any skin type doubts ancient history.
And there you have it!
Now that you’re well-acquainted with the skin types, you should know which one you’re the proud owner of! From here on out, you can treat your skin just how it deserves to be treated! The results will astound you (hint: they’re usually silky smooth, positively radiant and flawless!)