We don't always know our skin type, and yet it's vital to pick skin care products adapted to our needs. If dry, oily, or combination skin, discover the tips to determine what your skin type really is.
What Is My Skin Type? Quiz, Answers, and Explanations.
- What Are the Different Types of Skin?
- So, How Do I Know What My Skin Type Is?
- Get To Know Your Skin Type With Typology’s Diagnosis
What Are the Different Types of Skin?
Many of you are asking yourselves: What is my skin type? You might also be looking for skin type pictures. We have some answers for you, but before taking our short quiz to find out about it, we want to explain you a little more on the subject.
There are four main skin types and here are their characteristics:
If you have dry skin, your sebum production is insufficient. This creates tightness, discomfort, redness and flaking of the skin. Your skin is also dull and rough to the touch, wrinkles and fine lines are more pronounced (accentuating skin aging), your skin is thinner, does not shine, and its pores are tightened or even almost invisible.
If your skin is smooth, soft, neither too oily nor too dry, has few imperfections, does not shine, your pores are smooth, your complexion is even, and you do not feel any discomfort or tightness, then your skin is of a so-called normal skin type.
You probably have combination skin (dry oily skin) if the skin on your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) is oily while the skin on your cheeks, temples, and jawline is normal to slightly dry (i.e., not tight, even and shiny), your pores are enlarged and visible, and there may be imperfections in the mid-face.
If your complexion is shiny, your skin tends to be shiny all over the face, it is thicker, the skin texture is irregular, it is prone to blackheads and blemishes, and your pores are dilated, in this case, you certainly have oily skin.
However, in addition to these four skin families, you may also have to deal with skin conditions that can change depending on the season, age, sun exposure or hormonal fluctuations. These skin conditions can affect all skin types and can be cumulative:
Dehydrated skin: Dehydration can affect all skin types, even combination to oily skin. It is due to a lack of water present in the skin, contrary to a dry skin in lack of fat. It causes a sensation of temporary tightness on localized areas without necessarily peeling, presents fine lines and a lack of radiance of the complexion.
Sensitive skin: The skin is considered sensitive when it marks and heats up quickly. In fact, it reacts excessively to external aggressions, stress, and emotions. People with sensitive skin feel uncomfortable: the skin is tight, has persistent redness and skin irritations are frequent.
Mature skin: With age, the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid progressively decreases, causing sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, pigment spots, loss of elasticity, firmness, volume, and radiance of the skin, bags under the eyes and dehydration.
Acne-prone skin: Contrary to popular belief, acne does not only affect people with oily skin or teenagers. In fact, many women, regardless of skin type, suffer from hormonal acne as adults.
So, How Do I Know What My Skin Type Is?
To have healthy and radiant skin, it is essential to know your skin type so that you can adapt your skin care products to your skin's needs. Here are some simple tips and a short quiz to answer the question of what your skin type is:
Prepare your skin: Start by cleansing your skin. First, use a makeup remover to remove all traces of makeup from your face, as well as impurities and excess sebum. To complete your skin cleansing, wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Rinse your face thoroughly with warm water and gently wipe your skin with a clean towel to dry. Then wait for an hour while your oil glands resume their activity. During this time, do not apply any products to your skin and avoid touching it to avoid distorting your judgment.
Examine your skin: One hour after washing your face, determine what you feel and what you observe, and take our short skin type quiz by asking yourself the following questions:
Is my skin shiny?
Are my pores fine or dilated?
Is my skin comfortable or does it feel tight?
Does my skin feel rough, oily or soft?
Do I have blemishes or blackheads?
Is my skin smooth, shiny or dull?
SKIN TYPE/ CHARACTERISTICS DRY SKIN NORMAL SKIN MIXED SKIN OILY SKIN Appearance Dullness and flakiness Smooth and fresh Oily T-zone and dry cheeks Glow all over the face Touch Rough Soft Irregular skin texture Oily Pores Not very visible Not very visible Dilated on the T-zone Dilated on the whole face Imperfections, blackheads No No Yes Yes Tightness, feeling of discomfort Yes No On cheeks and temples No Shine No No On the T-zone On the entire face
Get To Know Your Skin Type With Typology’s Diagnosis.
Skin is more complex than you think, and Typology has studied the subject more closely. Using a scientific methodology, we have determined 24 different skin types. If after this short quiz, you’re still asking yourself what your skin type is, complete our skin analysis by answering a few more questions more about your skin and letting us know your specific concerns.
There, you can discover your skin type in every detail and receive a personalized beauty routine prepared by our experts according to your skin's needs,