Expert Advice

How To Determine Your Skin Type?

Here at Beauty Expert, we know that determining your skin type can be a tricky process. It’s also a really important one as different products and treatments can vary for each skin type. By not knowing your skin type, you can actually be making your skin worse. Knowing whether you have normal, oily, dry or combination skin can stop those unwanted breakouts, energise dull skin, allows you to be savvier in your skincare treatments, and could even prevent the signs of early ageing!

We hope to make that process a little easier, which is why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide; to help you determine your skin type.

How to determine your skin type?

To help you determine your skin type, we recommend using the tissue test. Using the tissue as a tool is a really simple but effective method!

You’ll need to wash your face first using a gentle cleanser. Once you’ve cleansed and removed your make up, it’s best to lightly towel dry your face – just be sure not to overly rub. Now it’s time to blot your face, paying attention to your T-zone – this includes the forehead, nose, chin and area that circles the mouth.

Once you’ve finished blotting your face, it’s time to remove and carefully examine in a well lit room or near to a window.

  • If your tissue doesn’t show any signs of oiliness and your skin looks generally healthy then you have normal skin – lucky you!
  • If your tissue looks oily and your skin looks shiny then this is a pretty good indicator that you have oily skin.
  • If the tissue has no oil and your face generally feels quite tight, dry and perhaps a little flaky, then this would indicate that you suffer with dry skin
  • If your tissue is dry in some areas but oily in others, it’s likely that you have combination skin.

Skin type: Normal

So let’s get the normal skin type out of the way. Have a good look in the mirror (preferably a magnifying one) and see if you have little to no open pores, have neither dry nor oily patches and little to no breakouts. If this is what you see, then a normal skin type is what you have!

Try: Our favourite has to be the Crème Fraiche Cream from Nuxe! It boasts a gorgeously soft texture and is great for soothing your complexion in an instant! Enriched with 90% natural ingredients, it’s an absolute pleasure to use too!

Skin type: Oily

Oily skin is pretty easy to identify too. Your skin feel and look quite shiny, with this being
at its peak in the afternoon.  You may also suffer with open pores, blackheads, pimples and other
blemishes. Look for serums that are specifically designed to help with this, containing AHA and BHAs!

Try: Want that fresh dewy look, but in need of a cream that keeps moisture deep within your complexion, rather than on top of the skin where it can look shiny?  Look no further than Shiseido’s Pureness Moisturising Gel Cream.

Skin Type: Dry

If you do suffer with dry skin, then your tissue will be dry. Changes in weather, skin care and diet can all have an impact on our skin. Looking at the skin in the mirror, you may also
notice that your skin feels quite dry, sore, tight and often flaky.

Try: With an ability to boost your skin’s moisture levels by up 20% in just two hours, the Intense Hydration Serum from Eve Lom is your go-to serum when it comes to plumping, soothing and hydrating your complexion!

Skin Type: Combination

If you see oil in your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) but it’s normal to dry in other areas, it’s likely that you have a combination skin type. Combination is often regarded as the most popular skin type, meaning you may have fine lines and wrinkles as well as having shininess and breakouts but all at once.

Try: Perfect for reducing shine and balancing the skin, the Clarimatte T-Zone Balancing Gel Cream from REN has been specifically designed to target the oily T-Zone. It’s sure to leave your skin clear & super-healthy!



Kerry Courtney

Kerry Courtney

Skincare Specialist

A self-confessed skincare addict, I’m always on the search for new products to add to my collection! I believe there’s nothing quite as flattering as when your skin heralds a certain luminescence. I’ve recently qualified as a Beauty Therapist, so when I’m not writing about all things beauty, I love nothing more than pampering my friends & family!


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