How to Determine Skin Type

How to Determine Skin Type

If you’re anything like us, you love a good personality quiz. Whether it’s figuring out what fruit best represents you or what Hogwarts house you’d be sorted into, it’s fun to learn more about what makes us unique. 

But did you know that your healthy skin has a personality, too?

If you’re wondering how to tell what kind of skin type you have, push the what is dull skin questions and  Hogwarts quizzes aside and read on. We’ve broken down how to determine skin type by exploring the five most common types, including dry, oily, combination, sensitive, and normal. 

Dry Skin

Do you find you’re often prone to flaky, easily irritated skin? If so, you might have dry skin. Dry skin types typically result from the skin that produces less sebum, an oily substance made in the body’s sebaceous glands, which provides the natural oils that moisturize and protect your healthy skin.

While dry skin can often look and feel more dehydrated than other skin types, it may be less susceptible to breakouts since it lacks the excess sebum and oils that lead to zits. 

If you have a dry skin type, consider adding these practices into your skincare routine to keep your complexion happy and hydrated:

  • Avoid irritants that might further parch your mature skin, like stripping sulfates, harsh exfoliants, or super hot showers.
  • Pick up a mini humidifier for your desk or nightstand for an easy way to boost your mature skin’s water intake.
  • Look for skincare products with thirst-quenching ingredients like hyaluronic acid, cucumber, squalane or vitamin E oil, or blue spirulina.

Oily Skin

We’ve all been there—looking in the mirror to find a new zit has popped up overnight. But does it feel like this is happening to you every morning? In this case, you might have an oily skin type. 

Oily skin can sometimes be the result when sebaceous glands produce too much sebum or natural oil. While these natural oils do help your skin to stay moisturized and plump, they can also clog your pores, making them the sneaky culprit behind things like:

  • Blackheads
  • Whiteheads
  • Shiny, greasy-looking skin

So, how do you combat this? While it might seem counterintuitive, your first step should be to make sure that your skin isn’t dehydrated. Sometimes, if your skin is feeling thirsty, it can overcompensate by producing way too much oil in response.

Otherwise, look for clarifying and decongesting products to clear out those clogged pores. Keep an eye out for detoxifying ingredients like matcha, vitamin C, and kale to help you do a clean sweep on your acne prone skin and get you back in balance. 

Combination Skin

You’re feeling flaky one day and battling blackheads the next—you might have a combination skin type. 

Just as the name implies, combination skin is both oily and dry. While it’s likely to vary from  person to person, this could manifest in a couple of ways:

  • Having dry patches on your cheeks but an oily T-zone 
  • Having skin that feels tight and irritated in the winter but greasy and clogged during the more humid months

Dealing with combination skin might feel impossible—after all, the moisturizing products that feel amazing on your dehydrated skin might clog your oilier areas, while clarifying products could turn some patches of skin from dry to drier

To tackle a few of those combination skin woes, try:

  • Keeping certain skincare products confined to particular “regions” of your face – For example, use clay masks and salicylic acids for oily zones and save your heavier creams to dab on a localized dry patch.
  • Cycling your skincare out seasonally – Your skin might crave richer ingredients during the dry air and harsh winds of winter, but in warmer months, opt for lighter, oil-free products.
  • Looking for products that offer you the best of both worlds – Think gentle exfoliants like lactic or glycolic acid or gel-based moisturizers with ultra-hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

Sensitive Skin

Whether it’s an irritating fragrance or a harsh scrub, if you have sensitive skin, it probably doesn’t take much to set your skin off. 

Sensitive skin will often leave you with feelings of burning or itching and can show up in the form of angry red patches or breakouts. But if it’s any consolation, it’s more common than you’d think—approximately 50% of women report having sensitive skin.

If you have sensitive skin, look for soothing, gentle ingredients that will calm irritation and sidestep further discomfort. We love skin-friendly ingredients like oats, aloe vera, and Manuka honey to keep your complexion looking its best—without causing a fuss. 

Normal Skin

No major skin complaints or sensitivities? You might have normal skin! Normal skin is defined as blemish-free skin that’s not overly sensitive, and is usually free of excessive oiliness or dryness. While you might not have any immediate concerns with normal skin, it’s still important to take thoughtful care of it. Make sure that your skincare routine includes:

  • Daily sunscreen use
  • Plenty of sleep, movement, and water
  • A hydrating moisturizer and a gentle cleanser
  • Brightening and radiance-boosting ingredients like bakuchiol and papaya 

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No matter what kind of skin you’re in, here at HPPY we offer products that can nourish your unique skin identity. We’re redefining skincare by offering sustainably-sourced, plant-based ingredients, extracted using our cold water high-pressure system.

Give your skin the healthy nourishment it craves. Ditch the preservatives, toxins, chemicals, and say hello to HPPY today.


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Healthline. The No BS Guide to Discovering Your Real Skin Type.

Healthline. Skincare Routine for Combination Skin.

DermNet. Sensitive Skin.

WebMD. What’s Your Skin Type? 

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