How to Determine Your Skin Type

Skin experts divide skin types into these 5 categories: normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive. Mine is combination, and I’ve been using all my skin products accordingly since I was 13.

I’ll take you through a simple 10-minute trick to find out what type is yours. All you need is a paper tissue and a bit of patience.

Step 1. If the tissue has multiple layers, separate them; we only need 1.

Step 2. Wash your face and don’t apply makeup for a few hours so that it returns to its natural state.

Step 3. Apply the thin layer on the tissue to your face and tap all over it with your fingers so the tissue sticks. Leave it on for 10 minutes.

Step 4. Take off the tissue and look for oil stains. Here’s what they indicate.

If oil stains cover more than 50% of the tissue, then you have oily skin.

If you can hardly find any oil marks, it means you’ve got dry skin.

If there’s a T-shaped stain from where the tissue touched your forehead and nose, your skin is either normal or combination.

And if in addition to any of these, you’ve got any reaction on your skin, such as red/pink spots from the tissue, then we’re dealing with sensitive skin.

Check for the skin type every time you’re buying a new product!

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