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How Do You Know What Your Skin Type Is?

When I talk skin type with clients, some know exactly what I am talking about and others look at me with confusion in their eyes. Both situations are perfectly okay! To help out those who are wondering what the heck I am talking about, I broke down the six main skin types, and how to determine where you fit. Feel free to share this with others of you think it might help!


First, I would like to say in advance that if you fall under this skin type I hate you. Just kidding, I love you all! However, you are among the luckiest humans.

Normal skin can be “defined” by skin experiencing little to no excessive skin conditions.

How do you know you have this skin type?

  • You don’t experience dryness or tightness.

  • You don’t have excess oiliness.

  • You do not have acne or blemishes.

  • Your skin is firm and wrinkle-free.


If you are living anywhere near Saskatchewan or Alberta you most likely experience some dryness. It basically comes with our climate. Dry skin occurs when it is not producing enough natural oils to nourish your skin.

How do you know you have this skin type?

  • You have flakiness.

  • Your skin may crack.

  • Your skin is itchy.


Dehydrated skin is often confused with dry skin. While dry skin occurs when there is a lack of oil in the skin, dehydration occurs when there is a lack of moisture.

How do you know you have this skin type?

  • You have dullness.

  • You have dark circles.

  • Your skin feels tight.

  • Skin looks scaley or dry up close.


Oily skin is something that many people experience at one point or another. Contrary to the cause of dry skin, oily skin is the over-production of oil. I know it seems like you have the worst of luck, but those with oilier skin usually age very gracefully. That being said, I am jealous.

How do you know you have this skin type?

  • Your skin is often shiny.

  • Makeup slips and slides around on your face.

  • When blotting, it is apparent that there is oil on the surface of your skin.

  • Your pores may appear large.

  • You experience acne and blemishes.


My skin is producing enough oil to fry an egg (I’m sorry I know that sounds awful but how else do I describe it?), but it’s also flake city. What the heck is happening? If this sounds like you, your skin most likely falls under the combination category.

How do you know you have this skin type?

  • You experience oiliness, typically in the T-zone (Forehead and down the nose).

  • You also have flakiness in some areas.

  • There is tightness after washing.

  • Larger pores in the T-zone.


I wish I could say that no one ever ages and all of your beautiful people will have smooth, glowing skin forever. That is unfortunately not the case. As we age, our skin ages with us. There are certain steps we can take throughout our life to slow the process of maturing skin.

How do you know you have this skin type?

  • Your skin has wrinkles and fine lines.

  • Your skin dry.

  • You start to see dark spots.

  • Your skin begins to sag or droop.

Our skin is the largest organ in the body, yet there are a number of people who don’t treat it that way. We take vitamins, exercise, and all of these other things to help strengthen and maintain the health of our bodies. So why would we not do the same for our skin?

I hope this helps you determine your skin type, stay tuned for how to treat your skin based on your type!


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