How to Determine Your Skin Type [with Steps]

Your skin type can be easily determined with simple few simple steps. As you know, your skin is your body's first line of defence against harmful environmental factors, such as the sun, pollution, and bacteria. Healthy skin can make us feel and look our best, but how exactly can we care for our precious skin with so many skin care products available?

Our Natavis experts will help you know exactly which skin type you have. Determining your skin type is essential for choosing the right skincare products that suit your specific needs. It’s vital to pick products and treatments for your particular skin type to reduce skin irritation, and reduce chances of skin breakouts, dryness, as well as wrinkles.

We’ll walk you through all you need to know your skin type and we’ll also be providing you with a small guide to our products that would best suit your skin type after knowing more about it.

Skin types can be categorized into four main groups: normal, dry, oily, and combination skin. 

How to know your skin type?

Defining your skin type is important because it helps you choose the right skincare products and treatments. Using the wrong products for your skin type would do more bad than good.

Follow these 3 easy steps to identify your skin type:

  1. Cleanse your face: Gently wash your face with a mild cleanser and pat it dry with a clean towel. Make sure you remove all makeup, dirt, and oil currently on your skin.
  2. Wait for an hour: Allow your skin to return to its natural state by waiting for about an hour. Don’t touch your face during this time so it doesn’t affect the results.
  3. Observe your skin: After an hour, examine your face closely, paying attention to any signs of oiliness, dryness, or tightness.

The Test Results!

Now, based on your observations, you can identify your skin type as one of the following:

  • Normal skin: If your skin feels balanced, neither too oily nor too dry, and has no noticeable blemishes or discomfort, you likely have normal skin. Look for products that maintain this balance, such as gentle cleansers and lightweight moisturizers. 

Our Normal Skin products offer you a wide variety of options for both protection and treatment. For your skin, we recommend our Lines And Wrinkles Skin Routine, which allows you to hydrate your skin, while boosting collagen production to keep your skin looking young and fresh!

  • Dry skin: If your skin feels tight, rough, or flaky, and you may notice some redness or irritation, you likely have dry skin. Choose products that provide extra hydration, such as creamy cleansers and rich moisturizers, and avoid harsh ingredients that can strip away natural oils.

On our website’s Dry Skin section, you’ll find the skin routines produced specifically to moisturize and treat your dry skin type. 

If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend our Dullness And Deep Hydration Skin Routine. This routine includes Ultra-Hydrate, the best moisturizer for dry skin, and will give you healthy hydrated skin especially in this increasingly hot weather, and will help lock in the moisture your skin needs.

  • Oily skin: If your skin appears shiny, particularly in the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), and you may have enlarged pores or be prone to acne, you likely have oily skin. Opt for oil-free and non-comedogenic products that can help control excess oil, such as foaming cleansers and lightweight, oil-free moisturizers.

You can find serums, creams, moisturizers, and more in our Oily Skin product collection.

Try our Acne Prone Skin Routine. With our effective serum formula, your skin will be glowing while also having lower risks of skin breakouts since our lineup is specifically designed with acne control in mind.

  • Combination skin: If some areas of your face, usually the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), are oily while others are dry or normal, you likely have combination skin. You may need to use different products for different areas of your face, such as a gentle cleanser for the entire face, an oil-free moisturizer for the oily T-zone, and a hydrating moisturizer for the dry areas.

It might seem intimidating since you need different products for different areas on your face, but we can help you pick the products you need on our Combination Skin webpage. It shows you the products you’ll need to care for your skin.

You can check our Sun Protection Skin Routine. It’s a well-formulated high-protection sunscreen with the most potent 5 UV Filters with the technology of dry touch and water & sweat resistance. The Vitamin C serum will help boost your collagen and keep your skin glowing. 

You’ll find all the information you need for your skin type under the products you select. There you’ll find out how to use the products, the routines you can have with your items as well as the approximate time of seeing results on your skin.

💡 Keep in mind your skin might have high sensitivity. When your skin is sensitive, it’s more likely to be irritated, red, or tight. Sensitive skin can affect any skin type of the four types mentioned above, however, it is more common in people with dry skin. This is because dry skin is more easily irritated and damaged. Make sure to observe the triggers that cause your skin to flare up and try to avoid them while using products suited to your skin type.

How to keep your skin healthy?

Once you know your skin type, you can start to develop a skincare routine that is tailored to your specific needs. Here are some general tips for taking care of your skin:

  • Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser.
  • Use a moisturizer that is right for your skin type.
  • Moisturise your skin regularly, especially after washing it or showering.
  • Avoid harsh products and ingredients.
  • Wear sunscreen every day, SPF 30 or higher, even on cloudy days.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Manage stress.

💡 Remember that your skin type can change over time and may be affected by age, climate, and hormones. Our skin is a reflection of our habits, mood, and both mental and physical health. It's important to periodically re-evaluate your skin type and adjust your skincare routine accordingly to ensure your skin stays as healthy as it can be.

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