Determine what skin type you are
Determine what skin type you are

What skin type am i? Combination skin, dry or oily skin? And what if that keeps changing? How to determine your skin type in 3 steps.

Find out which skin type you are in 3 steps
Find out which skin type you are in 3 steps

What skin type am i? Actually, one would think that the question can be answered very easily. Oily skin: it has an oily sheen. Dry skin? Tense and flakes. But what if your skin type keeps changing?

Take me In winter, my skin is dry and tight from the air conditioning in the office and the cold outside. In summer, however, I shine like a bacon rind. What skin type do I have now?

First of all, a little basic knowledge: The appearance of the skin is primarily dependent on the production of sebum. The sebum emulsifies the moisture and helps spread it on the surface of the skin. The overproduction of the sebum glands is called seborrhea, which can occur in oily form (= seborrhoea oleosa) and in dry form (= seborrhoea sicca). Normal skin is used when the sebum and sweat glands work normally. The underactive sebum gives the appearance of dry skin. Younger people tend to have oily, sometimes blemished skin, but from the age of 45, the normal to dry skin type predominates.

So you see: your age and the changing hormone release also contribute to a change in the appearance of your skin.

Does that make it easier? Of course not. Fortunately, there are very simple instructions on how to determine your current skin type.


Stand in front of a mirror. It doesn't have to be the magnifying mirror in the bathroom. The bedroom or hall mirror is also sufficient. It is important that you have good lighting.


Now look at your pores up close. Are they big and your skin looks a little orange? Or are they fine so that you can barely see them? What is the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin) like? Are the pores enlarged here while they can hardly be seen on the cheeks?


Now pinch your cheek for a moment. Because the reaction of your skin helps you to determine your skin type really well.


Oily skin. Then you have coarse pores and a slightly orange skin tone. If you pinch the skin, it looks slightly rosy and smooth as ever. She is well hydrated. Thorough cleansing, which reduces the formation of sebum, is important for oily skin. Exfoliate two to three times a week and avoid using products that are too rich. (Learn more about facial cleansing for all skin types here).

Dry skin. You can hardly see any pores - but with a twist, your skin looks briefly wrinkled and needs a little to return to its original state? Then you tend to have dry skin. This skin type reacts sensitively, especially in winter, and quickly forms dry areas (e.g. around the corners of the mouth or on the cheeks). Use moisturizers and, better still, cleansing milk than laundry soap and gels.

Combination skin. The pores in the T-zone are larger than those on the cheeks, this area of your face becomes shiny quickly. The skin on the cheeks behaves in a similar way to dry skin when it is pinched. Combination skin types have to balance their moisture balance. Light textures like those found in serums and high-quality ingredients like jojoba oil are ideal for you. More tips? Which face masks are suitable for which skin type.

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