Take our Quick Quiz to identify your own Skin Type in 2 minutes…
By answering the questions below you can find out what type of skin you have. Just tick the answer-a, b, c or d-that closely applies to your skin.
1. Aprox 2 hours after cleansing, how does your skin feel?
(a) Tight and/or rough
(b) Smooth and supple
(c) Slightly oily
(d) Oily in some areas, tight in others.
2. How often does your skin break out in spots?
(a) Almost never
(d) Only in the T -Zone (across the forehead and down the nose and chin).
3. Which of the following best describes your skin texture?
(a) Smooth and transparent
(b) Firm and even
(c) Slightly rough and uneven tone
(d) A mixture of the above.
4. How does your skin look during the day?
(a) Flaky or dehydrated & maybe open pores
(b) Clean and fresh-looking
(d) Shiny in the T-Zone
5. When you eat spicy foods or drink alcohol does your skin have a warming sensation in the face or do you flush pink?
6. Do you flush easily (redness in the face)?
7. If you washed your face with soap would it feel tight and/or tingling?
8. Do you find it hard to use many of the skin care brands on the market because they make your skin ‘break out’ or cause a stinging sensation?
Now add up how many a's, b's, c's and d's you scored.
- If the majority of your answers are a's, your skin is DRY or MATURE. Read the definitions to determine which and of course think of your age.
- If the majority of your answers are b's, your skin isNORMAL.
- If the majority of your answers are c's, your skin is OILY.
- If the majority of your answers are d's your skin is COBINATION.
- If you answered yes to 5,6,7,or 8 you are SENSITIVE.
- If you answered yes to question 8 you are our ideal customer. We can help!
EXTRA TIP: You know you have combination skin if when you press a white tissue paper to your skin 10 minutes after it has been washed it shows oily residue in certain places and no residue in others.
Read our Skin Care Chart to find the best products for your Skin Type and how to use them.
Know Your Skin Type
The type of skin you have depends on the activity of the sebaceous, or oil producing glands. Knowing the right type will help you get the best results from your skin care routine.
Normal Skin: Balanced Skin. It is neither oily nor dry. It has a translucent, soft, smooth texture and a healthy glow. Usually found in younger people or less exposed skin.
Dry Skin: The sebaceous glands are less active. The skin lacks both oil and moisture. It may be vulnerable to changes in the environment. It flakes easily and will develop early lines and wrinkles due to lack of moisture.
Mature Skin: As above for dry skin plus more fine lines or wrinkles may be present and sometimes a duller complexion & generally skin is a little more fine textured. It may show signs of redness on the cheeks and fine capillary breakage around the nasal area.
Oily Skin: The sebaceous glands are over active. The skin has a greasy shine. The texture is coarse due to enlarged pores. It is prone to clogged pores, blackheads, pimples and acne.
Sensitive Skin: Sensitive skin can be easily irritated. Typical reactions are itching, burning, chafing and stinging. After a wash a wash it feels dry and itchy in places. By midday there are flaky patches and some redness. Occasionally break out in spots. Skin flushes easily and may be red with exposure to alcohol, spicy food & change in temperature.
Combination Skin: The skin has a greasy area, while surrounding areas are dry. The T-zone consists of forehead; nose and chin are usually greasy. The cheeks and area around eyes are dry. This is the most common skin type.
Apart from these skin types, there are other types which are exaggerated versions of the main types discussed here. There may also be specific skin problems, such as eczema & dermatitis which may need more specific attention which we may be able to help you with.