Finding your Skin Type; How exactly do I do that?

First off, I would like to address why finding your skin type is very, very, very, important! Knowing what type of skin you have will completely change what product line you are using, your routine, the tools you use, how to prepare for different climates, what masks, cleansers, moisturizers, toners, essences… etc. you need to use and the list goes on and on and on.

Why is this? 

Simply put, because each different skin type has different needs.



Well, ladies and gents, it’s time to put on our Sherlock Holmes caps and pull out our magnifying glasses, because this is going to take some investigating. Finding your skin type can be tricky, but once you know your base it will change how you look at and treat your skin entirely.



Where to start? 

The best place to start is with a new face; for most of us, this in the morning. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. (I say gentle, because you don’t want to botch the results by changing the conditions of your face too much to begin with.)

Don’t do anything else! Don’t add moisturizer, oils, serums or any of that, again, it’ll botch the results.

Next… you waitDon’t worry, this isn’t for too long, anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.

Tick, tock, tick, tock and ding!

Now check yourself out to see how beautiful or handsome you are. While you’re at it examine your skin. There are a few key things to be on the look out for.

Oily Skin Traits:

Oily skin means that you have an overabundance of oil that accumulates due to the overproduction of sebum in your pores. This can be for a number of different reasons, but for now what your looking for is if you have it or not.

These are the traits to look for. You will have oil build up in your T-zone and on your cheeks. When you pull your skin taut, it will be very easy. No pain at all. When you give your skin a pinch, it will be smooth after you let go. There won’t be any build up of skin flakes and the skin usually doesn’t turn red from touching it. (If you have other skin conditions then this might change that last trait.) Your pores are typically larger.

Dry Skin Traits: 

Dry skin means that you lack moisture in your


Combination Skin Traits:


Double Checking your Results: 

If you don’t have anything else to do that day or if you can brave it out and not apply topicals or makeup to your skin for one day then you can double check your results by waiting a few hours and reexamining.

And, of course, just like before check your dapper/stunning self out again. You will also need to grab a tissue and blot your skin this time around.

Oily Skin Traits:

Oily skin will

Dry Skin Traits:

Combination Skin Traits:

You will need to take climate into account here. If you are doing this in a climate that you don’t usually live in all the time then I would recommend trying to regulate the temperature for those few hours or waiting until you get back to home base.


One last thing to consider?

Do you have sensitive skin? Complete honesty here; it’s a pain in the arse. (I happen to have sensitive skin.) This isn’t meant to scare you, but you should be aware. When you have sensitive skin your budget typically goes up. Most of the time the only products that won’t kill you are the more expensive ones.

Sensitive Skin Traits:

You might have read my bio where I say my doctor gave me a really expensive lotion product that ate my skin off. Well ladies and gents, that’s completely due to sensitive skin.




If you really just can’t tell after these tests then, you can always take a visit to the dermatologist. He/she will be able to determine what type of skin you have without any trouble at all.

If you know your skin then you will know how to treat it properly. One of the worst things you can do is to use a product that doesn’t work with your skin type and make it far worse.

So, what skin type do you guys have? Do you have a story where you accidentally used the wrong kind of product? If so, let me know in the comments.

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