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How To Effectively Determine Your True Skin Type by Jinra Ilustrisimo on Oct 29, 2016

When it comes to beauty, knowing your skin type is just as important (if not more important) than knowing "your type" when it comes to dating. Ever end up using a beauty product you just didn't fall in love with? Chances are, you might've been using a beauty product that just didn't play well with your skin type. It's also possible to be completely wrong about what your true skin type is. To set yourself straight, read on!

First, it's important to know that there are four different skin types:

Dry
Dry skin is skin that lacks hydration and is characterized by skin that appears flaky and can also feel tight or itchy. Fine lines and wrinkles tend to be a concern with this skin type.

Oily
Oily skin is skin that produces sebum (oil produced by sebacious glands in the skin) all over the face and gives the skin a slick, shiny look. People with oily skin tend to be concerned with pore size, pore congestion and an over-production of oil.

Oily skin can also be dry skin is disguise. When your skin lacks hydration it produces oil to compensate. As such, it's still important to moisturize your skin to achieve a balance of hydation and to prevent your skin from producing excess sebum.

Combination
Combination skin is skin that can be oily, dry or normal in certain parts of the face at the same time. The T-Zone for most people tends to be oily while other areas can be dry or normal. The opposite can also be true. This skin type is the most common.

Normal
Normal skin is skin that is neither dry nor oily. Virtually any skincare or makeup product will perform well on this skin type. #jealous

Sensitive skin isn't considered a skin type as it's possible to be oily or dry with sensitive skin. Mature or "old" skin isn't a type either as all four skin types can apply to all ages.

If you're still unclear as to which skin type you are, here's a quick skin type analysis test:

1. Wash and dry your face.
2. Be really observant of how your skin feels in the five minutes after you've dried your face and take note of where it is starting to feel tight or oily or if you feel or see anything different at all.

If your skin feels tight all over, your skin type is dry. If you're noticing that your skin is developing a shine and it is feeling oily all over, your skin type is oily. If you're experiencing both tight/dryness and oiliness in different parts of your skin, you have a combination skin type.

If your skin doesn't feel any different, you may have a normal skin type. Continue to monitor your skin for the next few hours -- if it does turn up shiny you could be an oily or combination skin type. If you can't note a change, you have normal skin. Congratulations!

It's also important to consider that skin type may change based on the season. It doesn't hurt to repeat the short skin type analysis test if you're starting to notice a change in how certain beauty products perform on your skin. For example, your favorite Summer moisturizer may not just be cutting it in the Winter where you live.

Now What?

Pay attention to product labels and read for what skin type a particular product is geared toward. If tester products are available, always play around and feel the product on your skin to get an idea of how it makes your skin feel. If a sales associate is available, don't be afraid to ask their opinions on what skin types are suitable for the beauty product you are interested in.

What's your skin type? Still unsure? Let us know about your skin!

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Dionysus
2 points
Nov 18, 2016
My skin used to be so oily, you could see it when you take photos. But instead of washing 100 times a day, I started using coconut oil and it worked!
amymartinez
1 point
Nov 19, 2016
That sounds like it wouldn't work.
DaisyBookworm
DaisyBookworm
2 points
Nov 3, 2016
Girls...know your skin and treat it well. It's the only one you're gonna get.
Zazzles
2 points
Nov 3, 2016
I never knew that skintypes change based on the season. That makes sense. My skin goes from oily to dry in the summer to winter. I always thought it had something to do with the products I was using.
SoCalLady
1 point
Nov 24, 2016
There isn't a day where I don't thank my mother for my normal skin.
ARichards
1 point
Nov 4, 2016
oily skin
bj747
1 point
Nov 3, 2016
I have such bad skin. I swear my skin type changes all the time.
PrettyandPenniless
1 point
Nov 1, 2016
I'm seriously confused about my skin type sometimes. It feels like I'm dry but sometimes it's so oily. But I don't think it's a combo either. I should just go to a dermatologist. /sigh
kitty1
1 point
Nov 1, 2016
welp i don't take care of my skin very well...
Crookshanks
1 point
Oct 31, 2016
I have combination. My skin can't make up its mind.
Carms
1 point
Oct 31, 2016
I def have dry skin.
partytime
1 point
Oct 30, 2016
+1 for dry skin
JinraIlustrisimo
JinraIlustrisimo Flauntme Staff
1 point
Oct 30, 2016
@DLin09 No, all skin types exist in all ethnicities. @lightsbear have you tried the skin type analysis test?
PennyThoughts
1 point
Oct 30, 2016
I also look for hypo-allergenic brands even though I don't have any allergies. You never know what stuff they put into products.
phugues2
phugues2
1 point
Oct 30, 2016
My sister is normal skin. But I'm oily skin. Life isn't fair...
lightsbear
lightsbear
1 point
Oct 30, 2016
My skin is so oily when it's hot. But in the winter time it gets so dry. What is my skin type??
DLin09
DLin09
1 point
Oct 30, 2016
Does anyone know if some ethnicities are more likely to have one skin type or another?
jian1
1 point
Oct 30, 2016
I guess I should tank my parents for my normal skin haha :)
monkeyC
1 point
Oct 29, 2016
count me in the combination skin type!