It’s important to know your skin type for glowing, healthy skin. Knowing your skin type will help you choose the right products for your skin and maintain a skincare regimen. One must also consider the adaptability of a particular skin type according to certain circumstances and seasons. Skin is the largest organ of the body and should be treated with utmost care and love.

Every individual has unique skin, but there are a few common skin types that may help you identify yours. The main skin types include oily, dry, combination, normal, acne-prone, and sensitive. The three most common types are oily, “normal”/combination, and dry. Now the question arises: How on earth will you ever differentiate between all these skin types?! Don’t worry. You have us for that. We will help you determine your skin type.

Have a look at these seven simple steps to determine your skin type:

1. Take a daily note of your skin.

Notice how your skin feels daily for a week. The texture of your skin says a lot about the nature of your skin.

Oily skin: Oily skin will feel like it’s soaked in grease and sweat. If you are reaching out for a tissue to blot your face with every minute, you definitely have an oily skin texture. An oily texture can lead to many skin problems like acne, pimples, and various marks on the face.

Dry skin: Dry skin will feel all flaky and cracked. If your skin feels all tight and dry, then your skin type might be of the dry nature.

Combination skin: Combination skin usually feels oily only around the T-Zone (your forehead, nose, and chin) of the face, whereas the rest of the face feels dry. If you feel one or more texture on your face, that is a sign that you are dealing with combination skin.

2. Notice the size of your pores.

The size of your pores is a big indicator of your specific skin type. Its tendency to get clogged can be determined by the size of the pores.

Oily skin: People with oily skin often have large pores which get clogged easily due to oil and other bodily secretions.

Dry skin: Those with dry skin have small pores that often feel tight.

Combination skin: If the pores are large, clogged, and oily around the nose and dry and small on the cheeks and other areas of the face, then this is a sign of combination skin.

3. What about cleansing?

Notice how your skin feels after you wash and cleanse your face.

Oily skin: After washing and cleaning, oily skin will feel fresh and oil free. But in next to no time, the oil will return and your face will feel sticky, like you require cleansing all over again.

Dry skin: For dry skin, cleansing can dry skin out, easily leaving it patched and dehydrated.

Combination skin: In the case of combination skin, after cleansing the skin might feel fresh and clean around the nose area, but dry and tight around the cheeks.

4. Moisturize!

Moisturizing your skin on a daily basis keeps it glowing and healthy. But how often you need moisturizing can be different based on the type of skin you have.

Oily skin: Those with oily skin need not apply moisturizer throughout the day. Their skin stays fairly moisturized on its own.

Dry skin: Dry skin demands a lot of moisturizer throughout the day, or else the skin starts feeling cracked and dehydrated. One should apply moisturizer directly after cleansing.

Combination skin: Those with combination skin will have to continuously keep applying moisturizer to some areas of their face, and rarely on the other areas.

5. Use blotting paper.

It’s an easy and cheap trick where you just need to take a blotting paper and place it on your face!

Oily skin: The blotting paper will be soaked in oil over maximum areas of the skin.

Dry skin: The blotting paper will have close to no oil on it.

Combination skin: Parts of the blotting paper will be soaked in oil, mainly where it was applied to the T-Zone area, and the rest of the areas will feel tight and dry.

6. Visit your dermatologist.

The most accurate way of knowing your skin type is obviously by taking some professional advice. Get your skin checked. Aside from knowing about your skin type, you can also ask if your has any serious problematic skin disorders and ask for a good skincare regimen.

7. And of course, The Mirror Test.

Your skin type can also be judged by visually examining it. Just by looking at your skin, you can make out which areas are oily and which ones are dry.

Our skin changes with age, the kind of diet we keep, and due to hormonal changes as well. But now that you know your skin type, you can choose the best skincare regimen for yourself. Happy skin, happy soul!