Understanding your skin type is an important step in choosing a regime to meet your unique needs.
Understanding your skin type is an important step in choosing a regime to meet your unique needs. Although you may not fit the exact profile of a particular type, your skin will need care suited to certain factors, in particular how dry or oily it is, and how it reacts to products and the elements.
Whatever your current skin type, it pays to remember that it can change over time and with the influence of things like age, hormones, diet, air pollution and weather as the seasons change.
A general test
One skin type check that’s often recommended is to completely clean and dry you skin, then check your T zone (your forehead, nose and chin) for any shine. If it looks and feels shiny or greasy, you’ll likely have oily or combination skin. If your skin feels tight or appears dull after cleansing and drying, these are signs you may have dry skin. Another approach is to blot your skin with absorbent paper, especially in the T zone, to see how much oil is present.
To zero in on your skin type, quizzes like the one we have on the SKIN by ecostore website are really useful.
Here are some short descriptions of each type to give you a basic idea, but do visit our quiz to get all the details – as well as the products we recommend for each type.
Normal skin is neither too oily nor too dry – instead the complexion looks healthy, without roughness or reddish patches.
Does your skin sometimes appear dull or at certain times of year notice some flakiness? If so, you could have dry skin.
Oily skin will have a shiny appearance, especially in the T zone, and you might notice larger pores.
With this skin type, you can experience oiliness in some parts of your face, with dryness in other areas.
If you’ve experienced irritation, itching or redness after applying skin care products, or from other things that come into contact with your skin, and/or from fragrances, your skin may be classed as sensitive.