Being able to determine your skin type can help you get to know what products you need in order to have healthy skin. There are four skin types: normal, oily, dry, and combination. We also must mention here, that having a home equipped with the appliances to help can make this process much quicker.
You can find out what type of skin you have with two methods. These are the bare-faced method and with the blotting sheet method.
The bare-faced method requires you to look and observe your face after washing it with a mild cleanser and pat-drying it for an hour. Examine your face after 30 minutes if it has become shiny. Wait for another 30 minutes and check if your skin feels dry when you smile. Do different facial expressions or pinch your cheeks to fully check the condition of your skin.
For normal and/or combination skin, shining will be visible on your T-zone which is the forehead and the nose. For oily skin, besides shining on your T-zone, there will also be shining visible on your cheeks. For dry skin, there will be no visible shine and your skin will feel dry.
Use a blotting sheet to pat oil different areas of your face. If there is only a small amount or no oil picked up, you have dry skin. If there was oil picked up from your T-zone, you may have normal or combination skin. If the blotting sheet is full of oil, you have oily skin.
Another indicator is the pore size. Normal skin has visible but not so large pores. Oily skin has visible, large pores and becomes oily throughout the day. Dry skin has no visible pores and is flakey throughout the day. Combination skin has various sizes of pores. Also the skin is both dry and greasy throughout the day.