Back to Basics: What's Your Skin Type?

Hello, Lovelies!

If you're anything like me, you are always on the hunt for new products that leave you feeling gorgeous. Whether you go for a natural look, prefer full flawless coverage or love to completely reinvent you personal style...daily...there is one thing that we all have in common - our skin. But not all skin is the same. Before we can even begin to discuss skin care and beauty products, as with all things that result in wonderful, we must go back to the basics. Like a bra to a t-shirt, we must first assess the fit of your skin.

Skin Types

Skin Types

There are five primary skin types: 

  1. Dry
  2. Normal
  3. Combination
  4. Oily
  5. Sensitive

 To determine your current skin type, start by washing your face. (Note: For best results, do not apply any product after washing). In about one hour, your skin will revert back to its "normal" state and will be ready to begin the test. Take four pieces of tissue (or blotting paper if you have it) and blot your chin, nose and inner cheeks, outer cheeks and forehead. Use the charts below to determine your current skin type.


Dry

Does your skin look and/or feel: 

  • Tight
  • Flaky
  • Itchy
  • Extra Small Pores
  • Dull Complected
  • More Pronounced Wrinkles

Tissue Test: Tissue may look clean or have flaky skin residue.  No oil present.

Normal

Does your skin look and/or feel:

  • Radiant
  • Balanced Hydration
  • Even Complected
  • Small Pores

Tissue Test: Tissue looks clean. No flaky skin residue or oil present. 

Combination

Does your skin look and/or feel: 

  • Dry in Patches (Often on the outer cheek and/or under eye area)
  • Oily on T-Zone
  • Enlarged Pores

Tissue Test:  Chin, forehead, nose and inner cheek tissue show oil present. Outer cheek tissue looks clean or has flaky skin residue.

Oily

Does your skin look and/or feel: 

  • Shiny
  • Large to Extra Large Pores
  • Prone to Acne
  • Prone to Blackheads
  • Less Prominent Wrinkles

Tissue Test: All tissue appears to have oil present. 

Sensitive (Reactive)

Does your skin feel and/or look: 

  • Red
  • Itchy
  • Patchy
  • Burning and/or Uncomfortable Sensation
  • Dry

Sensitive skin is often not detectable via the tissue test. Sensitivity can be determined by seeing and/or feeling reactions when applying certain types of product to your face. Sensitivity levels can very and can also be combined with any of the above skin types. For example, using the tissue test, someone can determine that they have oily skin. They may then also notice that product X causes them to itch every time they use it. This person then has Sensitive Oily Skin.

It's important to remember that while your initial skin type is genetically determined, as you grow, your skin type becomes increasingly influenced by what you eat and your overall health lifestyle. So if your favorite foundation that you've used for years no longer gives you that flawless coverage it once did, maybe it's time to take a step back and reassess your skin type.