Dry skin, combination, oily … do you really know what your skin type is? It can be challenging to really know one’s skin, and yet it is essential to choose a beauty routine adapted to our needs, and to pamper our skin.

Normal skin

It’s the perfect skin from our childhood days and it’s the skin we’re all dreaming of finding back! It produces just the right amount of sebum to stay hydrated, protected and comfortable without shining. Smooth, soft and radiant, it has no blemishes, does not tighten, and the pores remain small to completely invisible.

Dry skin

It is sebum-starved skin that feels tight and uncomfortable. Can be dull and rough to the touch, dry skin does not shine and its pores are invisible and tightened.

Oily skin

With excess sebum, oily skin tends to shine all over the face. It is usually thicker, the pores are enlarged and the skin texture is irregular. This type of skin is prone to blackheads and blemishes.

Combination skin

Between dry skin and oily skin, combination skin is often oily in the T zone (where the sebaceous glands are most numerous) while usually cheeks are dry and tight. The pores are visible, and the skin prone to imperfections.


Are you still hesitant? Take the tissue test!

Cleanse your skin without applying moisturizer afterwards, and wait 30 minutes to an hour.

Place a paper handkerchief like a mask against the face, press for a few seconds then observe the handkerchief:

If there is no trace of grease on the tissue, your skin is normal to dry.
If there are a few traces of fat in the T zone only, your skin is combination
If there are traces of fat all over the tissue, your skin is oily.

Skin type or skin condition?

Be careful not to confuse skin type and skin condition!

The skin condition is grafted to the skin type and can affect different skin types at the same time. Skin conditions can also be combined and will be just as important as the type of skin when choosing your cosmetics.

While our skin type does not change once we reach adulthood (except under the effect of hormone therapy), the health of our skin does change.

skin conditions:


Sensitive skin:

It is the skin that feels burning, tingling, and even redness. The origins of these problems can be various: stress, fatigue, emotions, use of too aggressive cosmetic products.

Dehydrated skin:

Skin lacking hydration (not to be confused with dry skin, lacking in sebum). Dehydration can affect all skin types, even combination to oily skin. Uncomfortable, the skin feels tight and has fine lines. The good news ? It is a temporary state if we adopt the right actions!

Mature skin:

With age the production of collagen and elastin decreases causing sagging skin, loss of elasticity and firmness, wrinkles and pigment spots. We are talking about mature skin from pre-menopause, around 40-50 years in general.

Acne-prone skin :

Acne-prone skin: Acne is not necessarily reserved for oily or young skin! Many skin types suffer from hormonal acne at any age. Acne-prone skin should be gently cared for without attacking or drying out the skin.