Skin type uncovered

There are five basic skin types

Skin type is determined by genetics; normal skin, oily skin, dry skin, combination skin and sensitive skin. The condition of our skin can, however, vary greatly according to various internal and external factors.

How do I find out my skin type?

The Blotting Sheet Method

Take a sheet of blotting paper and gently pat it on your face. Hold it against a bright light. If you see little to no oil, you likely have dry skin. If the sheet picks up some oil from the T-zone, you have a combination or normal skin. If it picks up oil from all parts of your face, you probably have oily skin.


The bare-faced method

Cleanse your skin with a mild cleanser and pat dry gently. Leave it bare (without applying any product) for half an hour and then check your cheeks, nose, forehead for any shine. After another half an hour, notice whether your skin looks parched on any facial movement or smile. If your skin feels tight, you are likely to have dry skin, while if it’s shiny on the nose and forehead, you have combination skin. If your cheeks, nose and forehead appear shiny, you have oily skin.

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