Know your skin type: Normal, Dry, Oily, Sensitive or Combination

Know your skin type: Normal, Dry, Oily, Sensitive or Combination

Want to know why we still struggle with breakouts, skin reactions and allergies even when using highly raved products?

Well, it could be as simple as failing to correctly identify our skin type, hence, bypassing products that are better suited to our skin.


Using a clean tissue or oil blotter, applied to our face first thing in the morning, here's a simple way to know our skin type, so we can zoom in on the cleansers, toners and creams that are made to treat our skin right. Don't forget to include Olay to your ritual.




If the blotter picks up a small amount of oil on the T-zone, then you have Normal skin.

Normal skin is the most ideal, not too dry and not too oily, showing neither flaking skin nor oil. It is characterized by zero to few imperfections, no severe sensitivity, minimally visible pores and a supple, smooth, and even-toned complexion.

Normal skin has a nice balance of moisture and oil, with good elasticity.


If the blotter has lots of transparent, greasy spots, then you have Oily skin.

Oily skin is often associated with large pores and a perennial shine to the face. It is prone to blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes. The skin tends to look “thick” because dead cells do not shed as quickly.


If the blotter is clean, but picks up flakes of skin, then you have Dry skin.

Dry skin feels tight or taut and tend to have small pores. Because it does not retain enough moisture, it is prone to wrinkles and fine lines. The lack of oil makes the skin flaky and fragile and exposure to external elements such as pollution, UV radiation and extreme weather may result in a dull, rough complexion, and itchy, irritated red patches.


If the blotter picks up oil spots concentrated on the forehead, nose and chin, then you have Combination skin.

Combination skin is the most common skin type, exhibiting both dry and oily areas to all three of the aforementioned skin types. Usually, the skin is oily in the T-zone and normal to dry on the cheeks and eye area and characterized by overly dilated pores, blackheads and a shiny T-zone area.


If your skin is prone to irritation, redness, itching, burning or dryness then you have Sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin is the most fragile, reacting immediately to ennvironmental factors, as well as cosmetics, toiletries and everyday household products that irritate its balance.


Knowing your skin type is the first step to beautiful skin, and the key to unlocking the skin care regimen targeted to meet your needs.

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