Determining Your Skin Type

One of the most frustrating things I have found when learning how to best care for my skin is the fact that there is not a one-size-fits-all regimen. How easy would it be if there was one formula that everyone could use for flawless, glowing skin? Well, that simply isn’t the case! Why? Because everyone has different skin types.

When researching just how many skin types there are, I found some conflicting information. Some sources say three while others say five. While some sites didn’t list sensitive as a skin type, that is most accurately how I identify my skin type, so I’ve included it below. The five categories are: normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive.


If you have normal skin, then your skin is not too dry and not too oily. You likely have a radiant complexation with no severe sensitivity. Even though you have great skin, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of it. Washing your face, using a moisturizer, and exfoliating is key to maintaining healthy skin!


While oily skin can often mean clogged pores, it also means that your skin has more natural moisture. In other words, you’re less likely to wrinkle! Exfoliating is important for those with oily skin to help promote cell turnover. It also helps to prevent the buildup of dirt and bacteria in pores.


One cause of dry skin is dehydration. Drinking water is important for keeping your skin hydrated and glowing! I have found the easiest way to drink a lot of water throughout the day is to use a cute cup or bottle and a straw. Other potential causes for dry skin are genetics, climate, lifestyle, diet, and hormonal changes. If your skin feels tight and you notice flaking, then there is a chance you have dry skin.


People with combination skin have different skin types on different parts of their face. For example, you may experience dry skin on your cheeks and oily skin on your forehead and chin. You may also notice that your pores look larger than normal. This just means you will have to mix and match products to best care for each part of your face!


Do you suffer from redness, inflammation, and acne? Me too. You may also notice some “symptoms” associated with oily and dry skin. If that’s the case, it’s important to not over-wash your face and to not be afraid of moisturizers and serums. While it’s not fun having sensitive skin (it’s often painful), that doesn’t mean there aren’t products that work well for you. I highly suggest using products that are natural-based as chemical-based products can be harsh on your already sensitive skin.  

So, what’s the best way to determine your skin type? One way is to wash your face and set a timer for 30 minutes. After the time has passed, examine your “T Zone” (forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose). If you notice some shine on your forehead and nose, there is a chance you have normal or combination skin. However, if there is shine on your cheeks, forehead, and nose, then you most likely have oily skin. If your skin feels tight, there is a chance you have dry skin. And if you suffer from acne, redness, or inflammation, it’s likely you have sensitive skin.

While this is an easy test to do at home, I highly recommend seeing an esthetician (more to come on this later). Most estheticians offer a custom facial option, allowing you to receive the service that will best help your skin. They will examine your skin and use products that work well for you. I personally LOVE using the Eminence Organic skincare line because the products are organic. I’ve also tried what seems like every product under the sun, and I have seen the most progress with these products!

If you’re experiencing problems with your skin (too oily, acne, dry spots, etc.), maybe you’re using products that aren’t best for your skin type. Take a look at the list above to see which category best resonates with your skin, and then maybe change up some of your products to build a truly effective skincare routine!

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