Two Great Methods To Define Your Skin Type

At Isomers, and basically all skincare companies, there is so much talk about skin types. Whether you’re on the drier side, oilier side, or a combination! And it makes sense because it really is very important! So, today we’re going to talk about methods that will help you define your skin type.

With different skin types come different skin needs and different skin concerns. It really comes down to the actual physiology of our skin cells – it’s like a chemical compound. One skin type may need some positive ions to become balanced and the other skin type may need a few negative ions. What works wonders for one, could be catastrophic for another – that’s a bit drastic but you get the point.

So, we do all this talking about picking the right products for your skin, but what we haven’t done yet is help you figure out exactly which skin type you actually have! Because defining your skin type really isn’t as simple as you might think. Many people probably aren’t even fully aware of which type they have.

With that said, here are a couple methods to put your skin to the test and help you define your type:

The Blotting Sheet Method

The blotting sheet method is a great way to differentiate between oily and dry skin! What you do is gently pat a blotting paper on different spots on your face. Go for the areas where people tend to store excess oil – chin, forehead, on each side of your nose. After you’ve done that, take the plotting paper and hold it up to a light source to see how much of the oil is visible. If the sheet is still relatively dry, then you most likely have a dry skin type. If the blotting paper picked up a bit of oil from those key zones, then you have normal/combination skin. Finally, if the blotting paper is well saturated with oil, then you likely have an oily skin type.

The Bare-Faced Method

This is another very simple, but effective, way to study your skin and define your skin type. The first step is to thoroughly wash your face with a gentle, mild cleanser. Our Daily Exfoliating Cleanser with Tea Tree Extract is an excellent choice if we do say so ourselves. Next, you’re going to pat dry with a nice, soft towel and then let your face stay bare for about 25-30 minutes. Then you’re going to observe your skin and analyze what it’s doing, how it feels and what it looks like. You can smile and do some other facial expressions to get a sense of it. If your skin looks shiny only in those key oil zones, then you probably have normal/combination skin. If there is significant oil production in other areas, such as your cheeks, then you have an oily skin type. And finally, if your skin feels tight and has some flaky spots then you most likely have a dry skin type.

We hope these methods help you define your skin type, because that is the first and most important step to figuring out what your skin needs are, and how you can get your skin looking and feeling just like you want it to!

And if you have figured out your skin type, head over to to shop the solutions for your skin’s concerns!