No matter what anyone says, creating the ultimate skincare routine isn’t as easy as it sounds. As you know, you’ll have to test all kinds of products until you finally get the formula that works wonders for you. However, before you begin purchasing, you may ask yourself one important question - how do I know what skin type I have? Although there are some obvious pointers, sometimes they can be quite misleading. Ultimately, you buy products that do the opposite of what you want. With this in mind, it’s evident how important finding out your skin type actually is.

If you want some help with identifying your skin type, you’ve come to the right place. Truthfully, there are a lot of things you can do. You can either see a dermatologist who can examine your skin, or you can try the day test or even the wash test.

As you can see, there are plenty of options, but for what cause? Finding out your skin type will help you take care of it better. It will lead you to the suitable products for it, rather than against it. And it is okay not to know your skin type at the moment. But there are still some indications as to what you’re dealing with. Maybe you have dry cheeks and constantly need hydration. Or perhaps the situation on your skin differs from one spot to the next. Either way, knowing your skin type can help you create the most amazing skincare routine.

The Tests

With that in mind, let’s begin with our skin type tests! As we mentioned just now, there are a few ways to determine your skin type. To make things easier for you, we’ve simplified the process so you know exactly what to do. Shall we?

  • The Day Test
  • We’re talking about this one first because it is probably the easiest way of finding out your skin type. Take any typical day, and start. See how your skin reacts during the day, and see the questions below. That can help you determine your exact skin type.

    Note: Remember that dehydrated skin is not a skin type but rather a condition. You can have dehydrated skin no matter what skin type you are.

    At the end of the day, what does your skin look like?

    • Is it oily and shiny? - You have oily skin.
    • Is your t-zone shiny, but the rest of your face isn’t? - You have combination skin.
    • Do you have very little to no oil, redness, or flakiness? - You have normal skin.
    • Is your skin tight or flaky? - You have dry skin.
    • Is your skin red, inflamed, or itchy? - You have sensitive skin.
  • The Wash Test

  • For those of you who think that doing a test that lasts the entire day does not make much sense, especially if you want to shower in the morning or at some point during the day, then the wash test might be a more suitable choice. After all, you may be exposed to excessive sweating due to a workout, bad weather, wind, sun, or any other external factor that could make a change. That’s why we are suggesting this practical method of finding out your skin type. The results you will achieve are quite similar to the first test.

    Here’s what you need to do. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and do not apply any product or makeup to your face. Wait for about half an hour and see how your skin feels afterward. Answer the questions above and determine which type of skin you have.

    Note: keep in mind not to do this test when your skin is irritated by something. Try to skip it if you have just come back from a run, or a chemical/fruit-enzyme peel, etc. You should only do this test on relatively calm skin.

  • Dermatologist

  • When all else fails, it is time to talk to a professional to help with identifying your skin type. Visiting a dermatologist can help you determine what skin type you’re dealing with and how to properly take care of it. They are experts in this field and have specific methods for evaluating the skin’s behavior. Dermatologists use special filters that can surface several skin issues, such as rosacea or extremely sensitive/irritated skin. These types of filters can also show if there is any damage to the skin from the sun and pigmentation. Finally, they can talk to you about your skin’s texture, the size of the pores, and your skin’s oil production.

    Note: your skin can change as the years pass. Anything can factor in that change. It can be your dietary plan if you move cities, if you’re pregnant, and other contributing factors.

    Make the balance

    After finding out your skin type, you’ll need to make the necessary changes and amendments to align yourself with your skin’s needs. Balancing your skin type means working with its unique set of characteristics, not against them. For example:

    •  If you have oily skin, use masks and oils to rebalance it
    • If you have dry skin, moisturize and hydrate your skin
    • If you have normal skin, focus on preventing any damage by using antioxidants and SPF
    • If you have combination skin, turn to spot treatments
    • If you have sensitive skin, avoid using strong products

    We’ve broken down the most important things for you to learn.

  • Oily skin
  • The thing that makes your skin shiny (and not in a good way) is a natural oil called sebum. It comes from inside the pores, and it gives your skin the moisture it needs. This is when things get tricky. Sebum production varies from one individual to the next. And though its ultimate goal is to protect the skin, sometimes it can take a turn for the worse. The reason behind this is the excess of dead skin cells that remain on the skin’s surface. When there’s a lot of them, they create pimples, blackheads, and more. The only good part left about excess sebum is that your skin is shiny.

    So, how can you go about that? Glossy skin is very in right now, so do you really have to do something to change how your skin looks? The answer is yes. Because no matter how popular glowy skin is right now, it comes from a place of health, not a place of clogged pores. It is all about properly managing the situation. Oh, we have so much to teach you! For example, if you are using products that can help you fight acne and have a drying effect, then you will need to add a moisturizer to your routine. That’s okay; it is only a part of keeping your skin as smooth and soft as possible.

    Another thing we can suggest for you is washing your face three times a day – in the morning, after working out, or in the afternoon, and before you go to bed. Wash it using gentle motions and avoid scrubbing your skin or irritating it in any way.

    But if you want to try something new, we suggest our natural hydrating facial mask with blueberry and rhubarb. It will make your face glow, remove dead skin cells, and protect your skin.

  • Dry skin
  • On the other hand, we have dry skin. Some people produce extra sebum, and others do not produce enough of it. That causes dry skin to occur. The thing that may affect you the most in this case is your age, as it contributes to the skin’s moisture levels. As you get older, you notice that the type of skin you have changed and that you’re now dealing with increased dryness. After turning 40, sebum production decreases, leading to dry skin. But, there are a few other factors that can contribute to this state. We’re talking about environmental factors such as low temperatures, wind, and so forth.

    So if you notice that your skin is getting a little dry during the colder months, you might want to counteract that by adding a layer of serum or moisturizer on your skin that will allow for maximum product penetration and preserve the natural skin moisture.

    Sometimes even exfoliation helps. Your skin would love the process, but be mindful – don’t overdo it.

    We recommend our Bye Bye Dry natural handmade soap. It contains oils that are perfect for the skin, making it glowy and nourished.

  • Combination skin 
  • It’s not uncommon to be confused after finding out your skin type. When you look in the mirror, your face seems like it has a hard time making a choice – your t-zone is oily, and the rest is completely dry or normal. This means you have a combined skin. What makes people panic the most in these cases is the lack of product range that will work for you. In this case, you might need to switch between a few products and use them on alternating days. The spot treatment can also work very well here. It can help you focus on your t-zone and where your skin produces too much sebum.

    To make your skin feel incredible, we suggest you try our Liquid Gold Rose Face Serum. It is a combination of premium oils that can do wonders for your skin!

  • Sensitive skin
  • We cannot complete our list without giving you a few guidelines about sensitive skin. In this case, all you need to do is be mindful of how certain products react with your skin. It may seem like you have found the perfect product to add to your skincare routine, but in the end, it won’t work out for you.

    To avoid this, we recommend carefully testing every product before you use it. Don’t be afraid to do a patch test. After all, it is better to see that your skin doesn’t tolerate that particular product instead of using it on your face or body and then having to deal with inflamed skin later. A patch test can take up to 24 hours to determine whether the product is right for you or not.

    It’s all about calming your skin's irritation, and the Luv Me Lotion Bar can help you do just that! The combination of butter and oils protects the skin and reduces inflammation.

  • Normal skin
  • If you have normal skin and are not dealing with any severe skin concerns, you have probably won the skin lottery! However, try not to celebrate too soon. You still need to take care of that skin, and it still takes a lot of work to get there.

    A good evening product, a soap that can help you maintain that perfect look, and a good sunscreen are all you need. Even if your skin is very easy to work with, it may occasionally go through a combination, dry, or sensitive period. That’s okay. Now that you have all this information, nothing stops you from having the perfect skin every time.

    And a good addition to that routine you’ve developed is our blueberry and rhubarb toner. Due to its collagen and hyaluronic acid ingredients, it soothes and plumps the skin.

    Time changes – and so does the skin

    The type of skin you have right now is not set in stone. As we already mentioned, be prepared to experience significant skin changes in your life. As you grow and get older, your skin type will most likely change. A good way to view this is by learning that your skin has a personality of its own. It reacts to the outside environment, what you eat, how you treat your body, and all the products you use on your skin.

    Think about it this way – some days, you are as outgoing as you can be, and the next, you feel like sitting at home and curling up with a good book. The same thing happens to your skin. It can follow a pattern of behavior up to a certain point and then completely dismiss it and move in another direction. Whether it is pregnancy hormones, menstrual cycle, or menopause – every bigger change in life will bring bigger change to the surface. Your skin reacts to everything you are and everything you do.

    That’s why, before we make one last suggestion, we urge you to keep this in mind – the market is overflowing with products claiming to be for a particular skin type when actually they haven’t really passed any standardization or guidelines. Because of that, we suggest you turn to something that’s guaranteed to help.

    Check out our products!

    Once you’re done with finding out your skin type, we have a palette of products ready for you! Have them in your arsenal and use them daily. They can help you support the health of your skin! They are handmade and contain ingredients that can nourish the skin like it has never been nourished before. Take a look at our product site and choose the one that will suit you the most.

    Understanding your skin means giving it exactly what it needs rather than constantly fighting the issues. We can only hope that with today’s blog, we have created the perfect combination of instructions and products so that all that’s left of you to do is start! Here’s to healthy skin and our site – we are always there to help you become a better version of yourself. Keep reading; our blog is filled with valuable and healthy information.