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How to Determine Your Skin Type?

Dry? Oily? Combination? We're here to simplify how to determine your basic skin type so you can use the right products for your skin!

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There’s one simple and basic method that we recommend using if looking to determine your skin type.

Start by washing your face, pat dry and do not apply ANY products afterwards. 

After 30 minutes to 1 hour, assess your face:

DRY SKIN: your skin feels dry, flaky, dull and tight throughout

OILY SKIN: your skin feels and looks shiny all over

COMBINATION SKIN: your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) feel and look oily/shiny, but your cheeks feel dry and tight

SENSITIZED SKIN / IMPAIRED SKIN BARRIER: your skin feels irritated, stingy, inflamed

Learning your skin type is very important to help determine which products are right for you.


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Quick, simple routines for:








Think your skin barrier may be damaged? Try this:


If ever in doubt of where to begin, make sure to check out our Skincare Quiz here or sign up for a customized Skincare Consult by our one of our Skincare Nurse Experts here!




  1. Journal of Dermatological Treatment, November 2020, pages 716-722
  2. Journal of the German Society of Dermatology, October 2005, pages 768-774

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