How To Determine Your Skin Type


The first step on your way to beautiful, radiant skin is determine your skin type. Knowing what your skin is sensitive to allows you to tailor your skin care routine and pick the products that will be most beneficial to you. After all, how can you fix a problem if you don't know what it is?

The easiest way to figure out which kind of skin you have is to do an easy test:

1. Wash at night with a gentle cleanser (our pH balanced Aloe-Herb Cleanser is perfect for this) and pat your face dry. DO NOT apply moisturizer, serum or oil!

Quick Tip: An easy way to know if your cleanser is gentle or not is whether it is non-foaming. Soaps that lather easily tend to be harsher in stripping your skin of oils, whereas those that don't lather wash away dirt and toxic elements but leave behind good oils.

2.  When you wake up in the morning, touch your face.  You can also press a tissue over your face and visually see where you’re oily and where you’re not.

For Oily Skin

If your skin is oily, particularly around the T-zone, then you most likely have oily skin. Our products specifically for oily skin are our Herbal Facial Oil for Oily Skin, Rosemary Toning Mist, Purifying Mud Mask and Citrus Mint Cleanser.

For Normal Skin

If your skin feels normal (not too oily, not too dry), you likely have a normal skin type.

Normal or Combination skin is the most complicated skin type to recommend product for because everyone's experience is a little bit different.

For a regular routine, we suggest checking out products like the Aloe Herb Cleanser, the Wild Fruit Serum, and the Herbal Facial Oil for Normal & Combination Skin.

If you love to workout, check out the Pytonutrient Cleanser, which is great to leave on for a minute after you apply because it has a built in hydrating serum blend that helps replenish the skin.

For Dry Skin

If your skin feels dry, or is flaky anywhere, then we’d consider you to have a dry skin type.

Try the Aloe-Herb Cleanser, the Anti-Aging Serum, and the Anti-Aging Facial Oil for your daily routine and Coconut Honey Mask once or twice a week. If you find that the skin around your eyes is dry or you're starting to see signs of aging, try adding the Anti-Aging Eye Cream to your routine.

If there is an extreme difference from the t-zone to the other areas of your face, you may even benefit from using two different products, each on the different areas of your face.  For example, using a product formulated for oily skin on your t-zone and products for normal or dry skin on the rest of your face.

Once you have determined your skin type, you might want to know which products you should use. We have a handy guide: Skin Care by Skin Types — Which Annmarie Skin Care Products are Best for You? 

Have you done this test?  Let us know how it went and what your skin type is in the comments below…

P.S. Another way to learn more about your skin is with face mapping. If you have any issues with your skin that fall in line with the different skin types above, face mapping will help you understand those issues and then you can better find the right solution to take care of them.

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  1. Lesia says

    I ordered the Anti-Aging sample kit because I am 48 and starting to show signs of aging like lines in the forehead, under the eyes and my skin is not as firm as it used to be especially under my chin and neck area. My T-Zone areas are still a little oily compared to the rest of my face. Do you think I need to use products from the combination skin group or use the anti-aging?

    • Annmarie Skin Care says

      Hi Lesia,

      You could certainly use the products from the Anti-Aging group, but the Anti-Aging Facial Oil might be a bit too moisturizing for you. I would suggest trying out the Herbal Facial Oil for Normal/Combination Skin for your daily moisturizer.

  2. Alice Bishop says

    I am anxiously awaiting my sample kits. In the meantime, my skin was oily and prone to acne in my earlier years but is now combination: oily around the nose and dry on the forehead and chin. My biggest issue, however, is enlarged pores on my cheeks that are prone to blackheads. Is there a product that you have that will help to alleviate or improve this problem?

  3. Annmarie Skin Care says

    Hi Karen,

    If you’re not experiencing dry skin, the Anti-Aging Facial Oil may be a bit too moisturizing for you. Try the Herbal Facial Oil for Normal/Combination Skin and see if that helps to give the moisture that you need!
    If you write into us at [email protected] we can help you find the perfect routine for your skin 🙂

  4. Pat says

    I have suffured from dry skin for years. All the products i have tried really doesn’t work . I would be so greatful to try your product. Thank you very much

  5. Chuck says

    just got my sample kit tried it last night and we will see! i have been enjoying your sun love for a while now and can’t thank you enough!! after many years in the sun both surfing and working in construction I will Need your help and look forward to fallowing your suggestions! please share with this old surf dog, I am dealing with early skin problems on my face and could use some guidance Chuck

  6. Frank says

    hello i am a i am an african in Ghana..A boy i have been experiencing more oil on my face together with pimples… i have been buying a whole lot of products for my face to look good please help me out how to get a lovely face without problems

    • Annmarie Skin Care says

      For clogged pores, we recommend taking a holistic approach. It’s important to consider your environment, genes, hormones, stress, emotional wellness, hydration, and nutrition. Skin Care products can only do so much!

      Washing your face with a mild cleanser, like our Citrus Mint Cleanser, two times a day will be very beneficial. This product will help to unclog pores. It has great cleansing properties from the rosemary, witch hazel, and peppermint that help purify and balance skin.

      It seems contrary to put a facial oil on skin with clogged pores, but by using an oil your skin will sense that moisture levels are more normalized which helps balance vital skin oils. Our best recommendation would be our Herbal Facial Oil for Oily Skin.

  7. Ava says

    Coupons and offers are very nice but I haven’t received my sample kit yet so not about to buy without trying. (I live outside the US so mail probably very slow across the border.)

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