The beautiful thing about being unique is that none of us are exactly alike! Same goes for our skin; we all experience different types of issues, but it all depends on our skin type. The main three skin types that we can categorize our skin into are either Oily, Normal/Combination, or Dry. But, even then, we can fluctuate between the three depending on the environment, our diet, and/or skincare products we're using.
Determining your skin type can help you to figure out which skincare and makeup products are ideal for you. For example, if you have Dry skin, opting for moisturizing and hydrating skincare and make-up will help your face look flawless. But, the same products for Dry skin can be a horrible option for someone with Oily skin since their make-up will probably just slide right off their face because there's too much moisture.
Here are some ways that you can determine your skin type:
Dare To Be Bare Method
Cleanse your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and gently pat dry. Do not apply anything to your skin, and wait 30 minutes. After half an hour, examine your face for any shine. After another 30 minutes, evaluate whether your skin feels dryer than the Sahara desert, especially if you make facial expressions and feel cracking or tightness. If your skin feels tight, your skin is most likely dry. If there is noticeable shine on your nose and forehead, your skin is mostly likely normal/combination. If there is shine pretty much all over your face, you most likely have oily skin.
Blotting Sheet Method
Cleanse your face and pat dry. Wait about 15 minutes, and then gently pat a blotting sheet on the different areas of your face. Hold the sheet up to the light to determine how much oil is visible. If the sheet picked up little to no oil, you most likely have dry skin. If the blotting sheet reveals oil from your forehead and nose area, your skin is most likely normal/combination. If the blotting paper is saturated with oil, then it's extremely likely that you have oily skin.
These are general methods that you can try at home to get a better understanding as to what your skin type is. However, we always recommend visiting a dermatologist or esthetician so they can further determine what your unique skin biome may need!