How to Know My Skin Type?

24 Jul 2019

You can take right care of your skin only if you know precisely what your skin type is. The best face wash online and many more will prove ineffective if they do not conform to your skin type. Taking time and effort to know your skin type will help you to choose the best skin care options that will keep your skin balanced, radiant and always healthy.

Given below are a few ways which will help you to understand whether your skin is oily, normal, dry, or a combination type.

Bare-Faced Method

Wash your face well with a mild cleanser and pat it dry with a soft towel. Let the skin remain bare. After about half an hour observe your chin, cheeks, nose and forehead for any visible shine. After another half an hour, check if your skin feels dry or parched. If it does, then it is likely that you have dry skin and if you notice any shine on your forehead or nose then you have a combination skin. If there is extra shine on your cheeks then your skin is likely to be an oily skin.

Blotting Paper Method

Wash your face before retiring to bed at night. Avoid applying any skincare product. The next day, morning, apply a blotting paper to varied parts of your face. If the paper has absorbed oil from nose and forehead then you have a combination skin. Check for the oils absorbed on the blotting paper. If there is almost no oil on the paper then you have a dry skin and if large oil residues are left on the blotting paper then you have oily skin. If there are average quantities of oil all over the paper then you have normal skin.

Consult a Skincare Expert

A skincare expert will scientifically determine your skin type by measuring your sebum and skin moisture levels. You can get the right advice on the proper skincare regime to be followed depending on your skin type and for the presence of any specific skin problems. For example, if your skin is oily and it has large visible pores the expert will advise the best pore minimizing toner that can be used or from where to source the best face pack and so on.


Your skin is an important part of your body and keeping it healthy and balanced is your responsibility. The first step in this direction is getting to know your skin type and then moving ahead to the required treatment procedure.