Kim Mingyu


To maintain the largest organ in your body healthy and perfect, it is vital for you to know its characteristics and its complexities, your skintype. Knowing your skintype helps to choose the right products for your skin. There are five basic skintypes; normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive. 



Method 1 | The Blotting Sheet Method

Step 1) Press a clean blotting paper against different areas of your face.

Step 2) Hold the sheet up to a birght light and observe how much oil was absorbed: The more oil on the paper, the oilier your skin is likely to be. Similarly, if you see little to no oil, you may have dry skin. 

Step 3) If the blotting sheet reveals minimal oil from your T-zone only, you probably have a combination or normal skin type. 


Method 2 | The Bare Face Method

Step 1) Cleanse your face with a mild face wash

Step 2) Gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel and refrain from applying any products. Wait 25-30 minutes

Step 3) Observe your skin thorughly—both how it looks and how it feels. If it feels dry, uncomfortable and tight, you probably have dry skin. If your skin entails a particular shine, you typically fall into the oily skin category. If you experience mild irritation, redness, itching and discomfort, you have sensitive skin. And if your skin exhibits both oily and dry areas, you likely have combination skin. If none of these concerns apply to you, then congratulations: you have a normal skin.



1. Oily Skin

Oily skin is characterized by a higher-than-average production of sebum, the skin’s natural oil. This excess oiliness can make the skin appear shiny or greasy and is often accompanied by skin concerns like blackheads and enlarged pores. As clogged pores are a major contributor to breakouts, those with oily skin may also be prone to acne.

So how do I take care of it?

You shoold aim for gel-based or exfoliating cleansers. They will control the excess sebum on your face and make the pores look smaller. Additionally, when you want to shop for a moisturizer or just any other product type, avoid the oil-based ones. Natural ingredients like aloe can help a lot just like peeling masks, which we recommend to use twice a week.


2. Dry Skin

Dry skin is the opposite of oily skin. It may look dull or feel tight, while severe dryness can cause the skin to crack, flake, or peel. Dry skin and dehydrated skin are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing—dehydration is a lack of water, and that can happen regardless of skin type.

So how do I take care of it?

First and foremost, avoid taking long and hot showers. It will strip your skin of its natural oils. Use gentle cleansers and avoid using a rough towel. Aim for hydrating serums with hyaluronic acid. And apply a natural moisturizer with aloe, shea butter or pomegranate twice a day, in the mornings and evenings


3. Combination Skin

Combination skin entails both dryness and oiliness—in different areas. Oftentimes, people with combination skin will have an oilier T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), while their cheeks will be drier.

So how do I take care of it?

Use cleansing balms. It will control the excess sebum on your T-zone whilst keeping your cheeks moist. Look for some exfoliators too. There are lots of ingredient options, but aim for the natural ones such as vitamins, aloe or shea butter.


4. Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is characterized by heightened sensitivity. Degrees of sensitivity can vary: some people only experience mild irritation, while others struggle with redness, itching, and discomfort regularly. 

So how do I take care of it?

Use a mild facial cleanser with natural ingredients. Avoid heavy products, instead lean on towards the more lightweight and fragrance-free products. Lastly, do not forget to enjoy a relaxing calming mask. 


5. Normal Skin

While we wouldd argue all skin is normal, in skincare terminology, 'normal' refers specifically to skin that iss well-balanced and displays no persistent skin concerns.

So how do I take care of it?

Follow the 10-step Korean skincare routine!