Beauty 101

What’s My Skin Type?

Chloe Song Beauty Expert
What’s My Skin Type?

Author/Source : SkynSin 

Ever wonder why some products work for others but don’t work on you? It’s actually down to your specific skin type. To make it more complicated, our skin type can change every 6 months or according to the weather and stress levels. That’s why it’s important not to stress when your skin is suddenly breaking out or reacting to certain things, but to know which skin type you are and which products you should be using at that time. 

We’ve narrowed down simple ways to tell which skin type you are based on common symptoms:

1) Dry Skin


  • Skin feels tight
  • Visible dry patches & flakiness
  • Itchy or irritated sensation on dry areas (cheeks, forehead, neck)
  • Dull-looking skin

Dry skin is probably one of the most common skin types and if not treated, can shrivel plump skin cells, which can lead to premature fine lines on your forehead and around your eyes. But it’s also one of the easiest to solve for as all you should do is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

dry skin face mask

Tips for Dry Skin:

  • Use sheet masks for dry skin to lock in the serum for deep hydration.


  • To keep your skin soft, glow-y & flake free, add moisturising and hydrating sheet masks into your routine to reap the benefits of skin brightening.
  • Using mild firming and anti-ageing sheet masks occasionally can help combat this compared to buying anti-ageing products.
  • Don't skip exfoliation! Dull skin tone is the result of excess dead skin that build up on the surface of the skin, which can cause you to lose it's natural luminosity
  • Moisturise your face regularly to prevent dullness.

2) Normal Skin


  • Moisturised and comfortable feeling
  • No redness or irritation
  • No visible blemishes or skin problems

Congratulations! Having normal or a "well-balanced" skin type means it's not too oily nor too dry. But don't take your flawless skin for granted! As our skin ages, there's a higher risk of oxidative stress. This damage can present through fine lines, wrinkles, dull & uneven skin tone, as well as an increase in pigmentation spots if not well taken care of. It's important to maintain skin health and keep that radiance in check by using the suitable products.

normal skin face mask

Tips for Normal Skin:
  • Sheet mask on a regular basis to maintain well-balanced skin and preserve skin health. It's never too late to start pampering your skin! After all, prevention is better than cure 💛

3) Combination Skin

  • Skin feels tight in the morning
  • Dry cheeks but oily T-zone
  • Prone to imbalance red spots on cheeks and forehead
  • Prone to blackheads and whiteheads on cheeks/forehead
Does your skin feel oily in the T-zone but dry in other areas? Do you sometimes have to use 2 sets of products? It's a pain, but in actual fact some skincare products themselvescan cause combination skin. Products with irritating ingredients encourage sebum production in areas such as the T-zone and dry out other parts of the face at the same time.

combination skin face mask

Tips for Combination Skin:
  • Use a combination of the right face sheet masks that targets both dry and oily skin
  • Cleanse your skin with a mild, fragrance-free product (gel-based or a mild, lightly foaming cleanser). For drier skin, use mild creamy lotion. Say no to bars of soap!
  • Use toner (avoid irritating ingredients like alcohol, witch hazel, menthol or fragrance)
  • Apply light sunblock daily
  • Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells

4) Sensitive Skin

  • Skin easily flushes
  • Prone to rashes & bumps
  • Itchy, burning or irritated sensation
  • Prone to breakouts
Having skin prone to inflammation, adverse reactions to chemicals, or just the wrong beauty products can be very frustrating. Plus going through skin flushes like redness, bumps and itchiness can be a nightmare, and any stress or hormones means the next breakout is just around the corner.

sensitive skin face mask

Tips for Sensitive Skin:
  • ONLY use sheet masks that have been tested on sensitive skin
  • Always patch test products on your skin before use
  • Go for mild products - avoid ones with fragrance and harsh ingredients like alcohol and menthol
  • Avoid harsh scrubs (like scrubbing mitts and bar soaps) and use lukewarm water
  • Use sunblock that contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide only

5) Oily Skin

  • Skin feels oily in the afternoon
  • Enlarged pores
  • Breakouts and acne is a problem
Do you sometimes feel like moisturiser makes your skin feel oilier? Oily skin is actually the overproduction of sebum from sebaceous glands, but sebum isn't all bad! Its main function is to lubricate the skin, limit the growth of bacteria and prevent dryness and dehydration.
However, OIL moisture and WATER moisture are 2 different things. In reality your skin could be producing more oils to make up for the lack of hydration in your skin.

oily skin face mask

Tips for Oily/Acne-prone Skin:
  • Use gel, foam or oil cleansers (oil attracts oil so an oil cleanser will help remove excess sebum and gently remove any bacteria, makeup, and dead skin cells from your face)
  • Avoid mineral oils, petroleum, paraffin & beeswax as they'll suffocate oily skin and clog pores
  • Look for oil-free moisturisers that contain hyaluronic acid (HA) which is intensely hydrating and lightweight
  • Choose oil-free sunscreens and lotions
  • Change your pillowcase often!
  • Use a balanced combination of sheet masks with the proper nutrients (such as tea-tree) and hydrating properties
Enjoy healthier, glowing skin always!


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  • Mohd Zuaizad

    Now i know what my skin type


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