How to Know What Skin Type You Have


As we strive to take better care of our skin, it's essential to understand our specific skin type. Identifying your skin type allows you to tailor your skincare routine accordingly, ensuring that you provide the right care and address any specific concerns effectively. In this article, we will guide you through the process of determining your skin type and provide helpful tips for skincare based on your individual needs.

Understanding your skin type is the first step towards achieving a healthy and radiant complexion. Each skin type has its own characteristics and requires specific attention. By identifying your skin type, you can choose the right skincare products, create a suitable routine, and address any skin concerns effectively.


Why Knowing Your Skin Type Matters

Knowing your skin type is crucial because it helps you make informed decisions when it comes to skincare. Different skin types have different needs and react differently to various products. Using the wrong products can lead to adverse effects such as dryness, breakouts, or irritation. By understanding your skin type, you can avoid these issues and choose products that work in harmony with your skin. Below, we explain the different types of skin types and what products

Normal Skin

Normal skin is often considered the ideal skin type. It is well-balanced, neither too oily nor too dry. People with normal skin usually have small pores, a smooth texture, and a healthy complexion. If you have normal skin, count yourself lucky! However, it's still essential to maintain a proper skincare routine to preserve its natural balance.

Dry Skin

Dry skin lacks moisture and often feels tight and rough. It may appear dull and flaky, especially in colder months. Dry skin is prone to fine lines and wrinkles due to its inability to retain moisture effectively. To care for dry skin, it's crucial to use hydrating and nourishing products that help replenish moisture and improve the skin's barrier function.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is characterised by excess sebum production, which leads to a shiny complexion and enlarged pores. People with oily skin often experience frequent breakouts and may struggle with acne. Proper cleansing and oil control are essential for managing oily skin. Look for non-comedogenic products that won't clog pores and regulate oil production without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Combination Skin

Combination skin is a mix of different skin types. Typically, the T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) is oilier, while the cheeks and other areas are drier. This type of skin requires a balanced approach to skincare. It's important to use products that address the specific needs of each area. For example, a gentle cleanser and lightweight moisturiser for the dry areas, and an oil-control product for the oily T-zone.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is highly reactive and easily irritated. It may appear red, itchy, or develop rashes when exposed to certain ingredients or environmental factors. People with sensitive skin need to be cautious about the products they use and opt for gentle, fragrance-free formulations. It's crucial to patch-test new products and introduce them slowly to minimise the risk of irritation.

Our Guide on How to Know What Skin Type You Have

Imagine this: you stand in front of your bathroom mirror, armed with a plethora of skincare products, each promising to work wonders. But your skin doesn't seem to agree. Does that sound familiar? If so, it's high time to discover your skin type, as it's the critical first step to achieving that healthy, glowing skin we all dream of.

A simple way to determine your skin type is the "bare-faced" method. Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser, pat dry, and then leave your skin bare for a couple of hours. After this, observe how your skin looks and feels.

Know Your Skin's Tell-tale Signs

If your skin is showing clear signs of oil on the surface, you likely veer towards the oily skin spectrum. If, however, it feels tight or looks a bit like parchment, you're probably dealing with dry skin.

Those with a mix of both, often oily in the T-zone but dry elsewhere, you're in the combination skin camp. Lastly, if your skin happily sits in the middle without any excessive oil or dry patches, congratulations, you have normal skin.


Normal Skin: Look for products that maintain your skin's balanced state.

Dry Skin: Opt for products that provide deep hydration. Choose products that control oil production without drying out your skin.

Combination Skin: Focus on products that can address both dry and oily areas effectively.

Sensitive Skin: Use products that are gentle and free from irritating ingredients.


Selecting Products for Your Skin Type

Now that you're acquainted with your skin type, the quest for the perfect skincare products begins. It's crucial to choose products specifically formulated for your skin type to maximise their efficiency.

For instance, dry skin craves intense hydration, so look for moisturisers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, try Evolve Skincare Hyaluronic Serum which will ​​hydrate your skin from within and plump fine lines and wrinkles. Oily skin benefits from lightweight, oil-free products to prevent the pores from getting clogged, we recommend Antipodes Hosanna H2O intensive Serum, it’s water-charged and oil-free certified organic and vegan.


Oily Skin Products

If your skin often looks shiny or feels greasy to the touch, you likely fall into the oily category. Enlarged pores and frequent blackheads or pimples are common indicators. Try the Sukin Oil Natural Skin Care Oil Balancing Purifying Cleansing Gel. Designed for Oily Skin and made with the active ingredient, bamboo charcoal that helps to balance oil production and clear your skin of toxins. Follow up with a lightweight moisturiser to lock in moisture and prevent drying out the skin. Oily skin often ages more slowly. There's always a silver lining.


Dry Skin Skincare

On the other hand, dry skin often feels tight, especially post-cleansing. Opt for a deeply moisturising cleanser, one that’s oil-based for extra nourishment. The Evolve Cleansing Balm is the perfect choice as it contains nourishing organic baobab oil that soothes and hydrates. It’s gentle on the skin, organic and not tested on animals. Always remember to moisturise if you have dry skin, this will prevent flaky skin. The Weleda Skin Food is a great choice for your post-cleanse moisturiser, its rich and deeply penetrating to repair dry and flaky skin. See our full range of skincare products for dry skin here!


Combination Skin Products

Can't decide if you're oily or dry? You might have combination skin, where you're oily in some areas (like your T-zone) and dry in others. It's all about finding balance in your skincare routine. Our Synergy Face Oil for Normal Skin is packed with pure essential oils to provide a nourishment and restorative barrier for your skin!


Sensitive Skin Best-Sellers

Finally, sensitive skin types may experience redness, itching, or burning, especially after product use. If this sounds like you, it's crucial to find gentle, hypoallergenic products to avoid adverse reactions. You’ll want to find products designed for sensitive skin, like the Sukin Sensitive Cleanser, and the Laughing Bird Rich Moisturiser.

So there you have it - a quick and easy guide to identifying your skin type. Now, let the journey to your perfect skincare routine begin!

Embrace Your Skin Type

Remember, knowledge is power. Now that you're aware of your skin type, you can make informed decisions about the type of products you choose. From cleansers to moisturisers, you're now in a position to select products that will truly benefit your skin.

Yes, your skin is unique, and that's what makes it beautiful. Embrace it. Love it. Care for it. Your skin tells your story, so let it shine confidently with the right care and products.


FAQs On Skin Types


Q: Can my skin type change over time?

A: Yes, factors such as ageing, hormonal changes, and environmental influences can cause changes in your skin type.

Q: Are natural products better for sensitive skin?

A: Not necessarily. While natural products can be gentle, some natural ingredients may still cause irritation. It's essential to read ingredient labels and patch-test new products. Check out our DIY guide on how to make your own natural skincare products here!

Q: How often should I exfoliate my skin?

A: The frequency of exfoliation depends on your skin type. Generally, once or twice a week is sufficient, but avoid over-exfoliating, as it can irritate the skin.

At Baldwins, we believe skincare should never be a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, understanding your skin type allows you to choose products that complement and nurture your skin's unique needs.


Step 1:The Bare-Faced Test

Start your skin type journey with a quick and simple at-home test. First, cleanse your face with a mild cleanser, then refrain from applying any products for about an hour. This pause allows your skin to return to its natural state, sans influence from moisturisers, serums or makeup.

Step 2: Know Your Skin's Tell-tale Signs

Next, it's time to play detective with your own complexion. Look in the mirror, what do you see? If your skin is prone to oiliness or shines like a freshly waxed car, you likely veer towards the oily skin spectrum. If, however, it feels tight or looks a bit like parchment, you're probably dealing with dry skin.

Those with a mix of both, often oily in the T-zone but dry elsewhere, you're in the combination skin camp. Lastly, if your skin happily sits in the middle without any excessive oil or dry patches, congratulations, you have normal skin.

Step 3: Pay Attention to Sensitivity

Lastly, assess for sensitivity. Does your skin react quickly to certain products or environments, resulting in redness, itching, burning, or dryness? If so, you have sensitive skin. Don't worry, it's not a curse, but it does mean you'll need to be extra picky with your skincare products.

Now that you've got a handle on your skin type, you're set to explore the vast world of skincare products. Armed with this knowledge, you're sure to find products that optimally support and enhance your skin's natural beauty. Here's to glowing, healthy skin!