How To Determine Your Skin Type In Just 3-Step!

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Beauty begins with Healthy Skin. The ideal state for skin is dewy, clear, smooth, resilient and luminous. This optimal complexion doesn’t come naturally. It’s something that must be worked toward with a consistent and effective natural skincare routine. Caring for your skin means first being aware of your skin type and skin concerns then get the right products and right treatment to complement your complexion. It also helps you find specific tips and tricks for that skin type.

Skin types can change, so you may need to update your routine at some point in your life. Factors such as age, stress, lifestyle patterns, medications, weather, hormonal changes can also affect your skin. Plus, you may need different skin products during your menstrual cycle or during different seasons.

Much to my surprise, many people that I first met don’t really know their skin types, don’t know what are the right skincare routine for their skin conditions and they are simply influenced by their peers and family. Here are a few amazing cases that I have gathered:

  • “One soap for all – I use normal conventional soup to wash my hair, face and body”
  • “I use hot water to wash my face to get natural blush on my face”
  • “I use cold water to wash my face to shrink the pores on my T-zone”
    "I only use water to clean my face daily"
  • “I use my mum’s skincare products”
  • “I share skincare and makeup products with my sisters/roommates”​
  • “I have a dry skin so I always look for skin care products for oily skin so that it can boost up and balance oil level in my face”
  • “I have oily face and I wash my face 3-4 times a day”
  • “I have never used makeup remover to remove my makeup”

3-Step To Determine Your Skin Type

Assessing your skin is the first and most crucial step in building any effective natural skincare routine. Here are the following easy steps to determine your skin type:

  1. Wash your face and gently pat dry
  2. Leave your face alone for 1-2 hour without putting any skin care products
  3. Observe and examine your skin and decide which of the following profiles is your best match.
Skin Type

Skin Type Chart

Skin Type

Dry Skin

Oily Skin


  • Your skin feels tight and discomfort
  • Your skin feels dry to the touch
  • Skin may appear rough and dull
  • Skin is less elastic
  • Pores are fine or almost invisible
  • Flaky, dry or red patches
  • Prone to fine lines, wrinkles
  • Visibly shiny and slick to the touch
  • Large and clogged pores
  • Prone to blackheads
  • Prone to acne and dermatitis
  • Aggravated by the sun’s rays, poor diet, stress and alcohol
  • How to care

  • Dry skin is prone to wrinkles so it is important to keep hydrated
  • Hydrating toner, humectant-based serums, emolient face oil, cream moisturizer
  • Keep your pores unclogged by avoiding heavy products
  • Use gentle facial cleanser/oil control cleanser to balance the skin
  • Don’t skip on moisturizing. Oily skin still needs hydration. Allowing the skin to over dry can jump start the sebaceous glands into producing excess oil

  • Tips

    1. Use natural oils rich in essential fatty acids to combat dryness, which is superb emollient and conditioner for the skin
    2. Avoid using hot water and harsh soaps whilst cleansing as this further dries the skin


    Mageline - Dry Skin Collections

    1. Use Mageline Brown Sugar Cleansing Mask and Mageline Black Tea & Lavender Mask to help absorb excess oils and to deep cleanse the skin
    2. Don’t over wash your face as this can cause oiliness to worsen and cause even more surface oil to emerge.
    3. Avoid heavier creams. Stick to light emulsion and watery, gel-based moisturizer

    Mageline - Oily Skin Collections

    Skin Type

    Combination Skin

    Normal Skin


  • T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) area is oily while the cheeks are dry
  • Pores in oily areas are enlarged
  • May suffer from the occasional breakouts
  • Areas around eyes, hair and jaw lines often dry
  • Oily areas are prone to blackheads and acne
  • Dry areas are prone to dry, red patches or flakiness
  • Neither too oily or too dry
  • Smooth
  • Blemish free
  • Rarely breakout or experience redness
  • Pores barely visible
  • How to care

  • As it may be worth combining care regimes for both dry and oily skin to keep the skin balanced
  • Gently exfoliate the skin to remove dead skin and to keep your complexion radiant
  • Look for products that have ‘balance’ in the name to keep your oily areas under control without drying out the rest of your skin.
  • Light layers of hydration are key for combination skin because they provide moisture for dry areas without weighing down oily areas.
  • This skin type is probably the easiest to care for
  • Cleanse and moisturizer daily as basic steps in maintaining the quality of your skin
  • Keeping your skin healthy and slowing the onset of aging by maintaining hydration levels, loading up antioxidants, and protecting yourself against UV damage.
  • Tips

    1. Try using jojoba oil as a daily moisturizer. It has a similar structure to sebum (the natural oils in our skin) and will help to balance the skin
    2. If the differences between your dry and oily areas are extreme, it can be beneficial to use different product types on contrasting areas of the face


    Mageline - Combination Skincare Collections

    1. Pomegranate oil works great as a facial oil as it is rich in antioxidants to help maintain the health of the skin by fighting off free radicals
    2. Aqua hydrating toners, antioxidant-rich serum, light emulsions
    3. Skin that needs moisture, protection and regular exfoliation to maintain a healthy glow 
    4. Avoid products which are designed for skin concerns you don’t have.
    5. Products made for combination skin are usually a good choice for normal skin as well


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