what's my skintype?

At Adore Beauty, we refer to four basic skin types, depending on how much oil ("sebum") your skin produces: oily, combination, normal, and dry. This page will give you a basic idea of what your skin type is. HOWEVER, you need to remember several things:

Your skin type can and will change throughout your life, depending on what climate you live in, how old you are, hormonal changes, etc. So your current skin type may not be the same as your skin type five years ago. You need to constantly re-assess your skin's needs.

Every skin is different. We narrow things down to four basic types, because it makes it easier for you to get an idea of what products may be suitable for you. However, if you feel that you don't quite fit into any of the types shown here, we suggest you ask our expert beauty therapist, who can offer you a personalised skin analysis as well as recommending the best products for you.


NORMAL SKIN - skin is producing just the right amount of oil
Neither oily nor dry.
Has small pores.
May also:
Get a little shiny on the T-zone towards late afternoon.
Occasionally be little dry on the cheeks.
Have the occasional pimple or blackhead.


DRY SKIN - skin is not producing enough oil
Never gets shiny - has a matte appearance all over.
Has very small or invisible pores.
May also:
Be slightly flaky.
Feel tight or uncomfortable.
Be prone to fine, crepey lines.


COMBINATION SKIN - skin is producing different amounts of oil in different areas
Develops an oily or shiny appearance on the T-zone by the afternoon.
Does not get shiny all over.
May also:
Have visible pores on the T-zone.
Be prone to breakouts, pimples and blackheads.
Occasionally get slightly dry on the cheeks.


OILY SKIN - skin is producing too much oil
Has an oily or shiny appearance by midday, all over the face.
May also:
Have large visible pores.
Be prone to breakouts, pimples and blackheads.


Now that you have figured out your basic skin type, you may be thinking: "That doesn't quite fit me exactly." Well, that's okay, because you may have a temporary or ongoing skin condition, that can make your skin look or behave a little bit differently. See if any of these sound like you:

Dehydrated Skin
This means your skin is lacking water. This can be as a result of a number of factors, and can affect any skin type. Symptoms of dehydrated skin include:

  • Flakiness
  • Fine, crepey lines on the surface of the skin
  • A dull complexion

Sensitive Skin
Everybody's skin has the potential to become "sensitive", although some people experience ongoing symptoms of sensitivity. Characteristics of sensitivity include:

  • Tendency to redden easily
  • Prone to reactions from various products
  • Stinging or uncomfortable sensations, particularly after cleansing
  • Prone to rashes and irritations
  • Burns easily with sun exposure