How to Know Your Skin Type
There are three simple skin tests you can do at home to help figure out your skin type. These tests are meant to validate your skin type and determine its level of hydration.
1. The Bare-Face Method
An easy way to determine your skin type is to carefully study your bare skin. You can start by washing your face with a mild foaming cleanser, like Ultra Facial Cleanser, which doesn’t strip the skin. Then, gently pat dry with a soft towel, and refrain from applying any skincare products. After 25 to 30 minutes, observe your skin. What does it look like? Does it appear shiny on your cheeks and T-zone? You might have oily skin. Or, does your skin feel tight and have flaky areas? Your skin is likely dry. If you see an unbalanced mix of oiliness and dryness, you most likely have combination skin.
2. The Blotting Sheet Method
Another way to determine your skin type at home is to press a clean blotting sheet (or a plain piece of paper) onto various spots of your face. Then, hold the sheet up to a light to see how much oil was absorbed. Your skin type will generally be dependent on how much oil is visible, meaning the more oil on the paper, the more likely it is that you have oily skin. If there is little to no oil visible, you most likely have dry skin. If the blotting sheet reveals minimal oil from your forehead and nose, your skin type is probably normal or combination.
3. The Index Finger Method
A third way to measure your skin’s hydration levels and help narrow down your skin type is to press your index finger under your cheekbone. Gently press the skin upward and use a mirror to examine the raised skin on your cheek (not your under-eye area). If the skin is smooth, it’s well hydrated. If it’s cross-hatched (this means it will resemble a hashtag symbol), it’s likely dehydrated. Well-hydrated skin is typically normal, oily, or combination, whereas dehydrated skin can be dry or combination.