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How to Determine Your Skin Type

How to Determine Your Skin Type

When it comes to selecting the right skincare and makeup products, your skin type is one of the most important factors to consider. Choosing the wrong products for your skin type could mean disaster – creating unnecessary breakouts, irritation or discomfort for your skin.

Knowing your skin type will help you determine which products work best and which to avoid, ultimately helping your skin stay balanced and healthy.

The Test

  1. Wash your face with a gentle face wash.
  2. Pat your face dry.
  3. Wait for 2 hours in room temperature without applying any additional products (toner and moisturizer included).
  4. After 2 hours, check to in a mirror to see if your skin looks dry or shiny. Check to see if your face feels tight when you make different facial expressions.
  5. Compare your results with the descriptions below.
  6. After determining your skin type, look for specialized products that will best suit your skin's needs. 


 The Hydrodrench Moisturizing Gel-Cream comes in three formulas: for normal, dry or oily skin.

Skin Types

  1. Normal – Both the water and oil contents in your skin are balanced. You didn’t get a shiny forehead and your skin does not feel too tight or dry. Your skin is balanced on its own, but it can be affected by a product or hormonal change.
  1. Oily – If a glistening sheen of oil is covering your face, this is your skin type. You can confirm the test by dabbing at your face with tissue or blotting paper and waiting an extra hour. If the oil returns, then you can confirm you have oily skin.
  1. Combination – This is one of the most confusing skin types, and for good reason. If some parts of your face (usually the T-zone area) appear oily and the rest appear normal or dry, this is your skin type.
  1. Dry – If your skin feels dry, tight or stretched with no moisture at all, this is your skin type.
  1. Sensitive – Although every skin type requires uniquely balanced care, if you have sensitive skin, you may react more easily to products that may not cause any reaction for others. Your result from the test may be any of the above. However, over a period of time, you may notice redness, itching, burning or extra dryness on some parts of the face. If you think you have sensitive skin, make an appointment with a doctor so you can get the right help.


Note: No one has a permanent skin type. Our bodies are loaded with hormones, which can trigger several reactions at any time. Your skin type can also change due to various reasons such as pregnancy, menopause, menstrual cycle, skin disorders, smoking, medication, diet, weather, skincare routine or a change in it, sun exposure, etc.

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