Unlike your blood type which is the same from the day you are born, your skin type is something that will change throughout the different stages of your life.
If you think about it, your skin type is not even the same for all of the areas of your skin.
The skin on your face is different from the skin on your hands, which is different from the skin on your back which is different from the skin on your feet ...
Knowing your skin type is a good starting point before trying or switching to natural products. Often products will be categorized by skin type, but even if a product is labeled for a specific skin type, it may work just as well for other types depending on the individual.
Your skin type is genetically determined and unique to you, but your skin condition and needs can change depending on:
- Hormone Cycles
- Exposure to Irritants
Do you know all the different skin types? If you’re not sure—don’t worry. I’m going to share a few characteristics of each type to help you decide which products may work best for you.
But keep in mind what we said before-- that everyone is unique, so a product that works well for one person with “normal” skin might work just as well for someone with dry skin or combination skin.
The key is to test different products and find out what works best for you!
Normal Skin Type
- Not too dry, not too oily
- Few to zero imperfections
- No extra sensitivity
- Barely visible pores
- Radiant complexion
Oily Skin Type
- Large, more visible pores
- Shiny complexion
- Blackheads, pimples or other blemishes
- Oiliness can vary depending on: time of year, weather, hormones
Dry Skin Type
- Small or invisible pores
- Dull, rough complexion
- Red patches
- Less elasticity, more visible lines
- Often be made worse by weather, hormones, medications, indoor heat, ingredients in soaps, other products
- Itchy and easily irritated skin
- Skin looks rough with fine flakes and dry patches
- Skin may appear red, or gray and ashy
- Skin is more prone to fine lines, wrinkles, and cracks
Sensitive Skin Type
- Reacts quickly to both heat and cold
- Sunburns and windburns easily
- It is often dry, delicate and prone to allergic reactions
- Responds to specific skin care products
- Try to find out your triggers so you can avoid them
- Reactions produce redness, itching, burning and dryness
Combination Skin Type
- Normal or dry in some areas, oily in others
- Benefit from use of slightly different types of skin care in different areas
Not sure about your skin type?
You can find many online quizzes that will help you find out your skin type—I tried one and got normal, combination and dry skin for my result.
Want to learn more about your skin?
Read our blog post about The Biggest Organ of the Human Body
What’s your skin type? What products do you use to keep your skin healthy? Share with us in the comments below.