How to Determine Your Skin Type

How to Determine Your Skin Type

Skin is different for everyone and caring for it just as diverse. The largest organ your body has, it is an incredibly complex and important part of you that deserves all the care you can provide. Here’s how to figure out if your skin is dry, oily, or somewhere in between.

Method 1: The Blotting Sheet

Get some blotting paper and gently pat it on different parts of your face. Next, hold it up to the light. If it’s picked up virtually nothing, your skin is dry. If it’s saturated with oil, you’ve got oily skin. If it’s somewhere in between, consider your skin normal.

Method 2: The Bare Face

Start this method by cleaning your face. Gently dry it and wait about 30 minutes. After time has expired, take a look in the mirror. Is there a shine on your forehead or nose? Wait another 30 minutes and check for shine again. Has it expanded to the cheeks? If so, your face is oily. If you aren’t shiny but your skin feels stretched when you move your face, you have dry skin. If the shine stays just on the nose and forehead and your face doesn’t feel tight when moved, you have normal skin.

Method 3: The Pinch

Grab your cheek between your thumb and forefinger and give the skin a light tug. If wrinkles immediately show up when you apply pressure, you have either dry skin or normal. If there are few to no wrinkles, you have oily skin.

Method 4: The Pores

Stand close to the mirror and look at your pores. Normal skin means visible pores that are small. Now take two steps back. If you can still see the pores, your skin is oily. If they disappear from sight, your skin is dry.

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