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Unravelling Skin Types: A Simplified Guide to At-Home Skin Type Testing

Beautiful, radiant skin is something that we all aspire to achieve. However, getting that flawless complexion requires thoroughly understanding your unique skin type and tailoring your skincare routine accordingly.

While it’s recommended that you consult a professional regarding skincare, at-home skin type tests can save you from paying hefty dollars to get healthy skin. Basic skin type tests are helpful when it comes to identifying the products that may help address your skin concerns effectively.

Natural Soul Skincare's experts share some insights into determining your skin type at home with personalised skincare tips to help you achieve that radiant complexion you've always desired.

Understanding the Common Skin Types

Normal Skin

Balanced, neither too oily nor too dry, with minimal blemishes and a smooth texture.

Oily Skin

Excessive sebum production leads to a shiny appearance, enlarged pores, and a tendency to develop acne.

Dry Skin

Insufficient sebum production results in a tight, flaky,and sometimes itchy skin.

Combination Skin

A combination of the above, typically an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) with dry or normal cheeks.

Now, let's get to the fun part – determining your skin type without leaving home. Here are some simple tests and observations to help you identify where your skin falls on the spectrum.

Identifying Your Skin Type at Home


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The Bare-Faced Test

Start with a gentle cleanser to remove any makeup, dirt, or impurities. Wait and observe. After an hour or two, notice how your skin feels and looks. You likely have normal skin if your skin feels comfortable, not too oily or dry, and looks clear.

If your skin appears shiny with noticeable oiliness, especially in the T-zone, it's probably oily. If your skin feels tight, flaky, or rough, it's indicative of dry skin. If you observe both oily and dry areas on your face, you have combination skin.

The Blotting Sheet Test

Purchase blotting sheets or use a piece of clean tissue paper. Gently press the blotting sheet onto different areas of your face, including the forehead, nose, chin, and cheeks.

If you notice oil on the sheet primarily in the T-zone, you have combination or oily skin. If the blotting sheet shows little to no oil, you likely have dry or normal skin.

The Morning Face Test

Observe your skin in the morning. Wake up and notice how your skin looks and feels before applying any products. Oily skin may appear greasy and shiny in the morning. Dry skin may feel tight and look dull. Normal skin typically feels comfortable and looks fresh.

If you need expert assistance, email us your concerns and queries at info@naturalsoulskincare.co.uk. We can help you choose the best Ayurvedic skincare products according to your skin.

Whether you shop for natural face serums, face masks for hyperpigmentation and acne, organic facial oils, skin-tightening face masks, natural face scrubs for glowing skin, or our top-selling anti-ageing skincare products, all our organic skincare products are infused with the goodness of essential oils and sustainable ingredients for the ultimate quality assurance. 

Prepare to embark on a skincare journey that will leave you feeling confident and glowing daily.

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