How to Figure Out Your Skin Type

by Anush Bichakhchyan
Skincare is an art mastering of which starts with determining your skin type. As long as you don’t know yourself and your skin type, your skincare routine will never be effective. It is like starting painting without seeing and feeling the canvas. Let’s be conscious about ourselves and find out the ways to determine the skin type.


There are five skin types determined by some characteristic features that are most visible to the naked eye. Still, to make sure you know your skin type, let’s have a short recap for each of the types.

Normal skin type

People with normal skin are really blessed because they have the ideal canvas and healthy skin to work with. This type of skin produces enough oil to keep skin moisturized but not greasy. It needs lightweight products to protect and maintain the natural balance. Unfortunately, bad habits, low-quality makeup, and skincare may ruin the skin and turn once normal type into any of the following ones.

Oily skin type

This type is distinguished with excessive sebum production that makes skin look greasy and shiny, especially on the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). Visible pores and blemishes also characterize oily skin.

Dry skin type

The skin type is characterized by flaky and rough feeling with less elasticity. Dry skin is easily irritated; it looks dull and prone to get fine lines easier than normal or oily skin.

Combination skin type

Those with combination skin are less lucky because they have the negative qualities of dry and oily skin types. Combination skin type is characterized by oily T-zone and dry cheeks.

Sensitive skin type

This type is often easily irritated and allergic to products, food, pollution, and much more. Sensitive skin needs special care with hypoallergenic products.


If you cannot figure out your skin type by appearance, these methods may help you.

The Bare-Faced Method

Clean your face with a gentle cleanser and pet dry. Leave skin bare for 30 minutes and examine your cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. If there is a slight shine, you probably have oily skin. If there is a greasy feeling only on the nose and forehead, you have combination skin. Wait for another 30 minutes to carry out a little test. If your face feels tight when making facial expressions, you are more likely to have dry skin.

The Blotting Sheet Method

Take a blotting paper and gently pat different face zones. Examine the sheet to determine how much oil it has absorbed. Correspondingly, if the paper is oily, your skin belongs to the oily skin type.

Taking care of your skin is a must, so know yourself to start literate skincare. Arkive will be your best friend in creating a healthy beauty routine, advising, and offering the best organic products for your skin type.

With love,
Arkive - by Anush Bichakhchyan

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