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Every gal’s dream is to have that perfect skin; the flawless, smooth as a baby’s bum perfect type. In this quest for perfection, we “try out” too many products which in most cases are the wrong products. They cause more harm than good in the long run.

Accurately assessing and caring for your skin type is the key to having that skin that is irresistible to touch and behold.

There are four major skin types yours (some people have a mix of two or more) yours probably falls into one of them. You should know that factors like the environment and weather can affect your skin type.

Whether you are in one category or a mix of two; it is important to assess your skin honestly and not judge what you have.


You can perform a self skin analysis to ascertain your skin type by looking at your clean and unmoisturized skin in the mirror.

The description of the four basic skin types below will help you recognize where you fit in, thereby helping you make better decisions about your skincare products.



  • Balanced skin is neither too oily nor too dry.
  • It is usually free from blemish but may form blackheads and may get a little bit oily on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin area).
  • Smooth, even texture with small pores.
  • Cheeks are the driest area, but not excessively so.
  • Water and oil content in this skin is balanced.



Oily skin is shiny especially through the T-zone (the forehead, nose and chin), it is a condition caused by over active sebaceous glands.

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  • Medium to large visible pores on the T-zone, chin and cheek.
  • Skin may or may not be prone to acne but often have clogged pores.
  • Makeup tend to disappear or slide off oily skin after a few hours of application.
  • Because it is well lubricated, it is not prone to fine lines and wrinkles.



  • May look dry or flaky, feel rough and uneven, dehydrated.
  • Prone to sensitivity.
  • Pores are small almost invisible.
  • Feels tight after cleansing.
  • Shows fine lines faster than any skin type.
  • Dry skin generally lacks natural oil and moisture, basic requirements.
  • Thin epidermis.



  • Oily through the T-zone
  • Dry towards the cheek or side of the face
  • T-zones has enlarged pores and visible blackheads or maybe prone to minor breakouts or even acne.

Now you know which skin you have, it’s easier to select products and regimens that are suited to your unique skin type. Your skin will thank you in the long run!


Jummai Logun is a certified esthetician from the prestigious Beauty Therapy Institute South Africa. She is passionate about safe beauty for African women and believes firmly that everyone can achieve beautiful skin without compromising their skin health.
Jummai Logun is the Founder and Lead Esthetician at Skin Esthetique.
You can find her on Instagram @skinesthetique

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