Take the Quiz: 5 Simple Questions to Identify Your Skin Type

Take the Quiz: 5 Simple Questions to Identify Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type means you can choose the products that will work best for it –ensuring your skin always looks its best.

Over time, our skin changes and so does what it needs to keep it at its best. It may even be that those creams and potions that once worked wonders for you are now proving less effective. Determining what your skin needs now means you can keep it happy and fend off premature ageing with the perfect array of products. Take the quiz below to discover what your skin is really trying to tell you.


What does your skin look like an hour after you wash it?

a) Overall it looks pretty normal

b) Dry, dull and taut

c) Oh look, my nose is shiny again


After wearing foundation for a few hours, your foundation looks...

a) The same as it did when I put it on

b) A mess – it’s gone all patchy and flakey

c) What foundation? That slid off 30 minutes ago.


How big are your pores?

a) Tiny, thanks

b) I have bigger issues than my pores

c) Surprised you can’t see them from there


How does your skin react to the sun?

a) I love the sun (and so does my skin)

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b) Salt water and sunscreen tend to irritate my skin

c) Grease, grease and more grease


How often does your skin need moisturizing?

a) In the morning and before I go to bed usually

b) Every hour if I could

c) Sometimes I avoid moisturizing completely


Mostly As: Normal with a touch of combination

Congratulations you have hit the skin type jackpot! Being mostly problem free, your skin is neither too oily nor too dry, and you enjoy a clear and smooth complexion (you lucky thing!). For you, a skincare routine should be simple: cleanse, moisturize and wear sunscreen. Opt for something quick and easy for your no fuss regimen like Olay Essentials Complete Care SPF25 Day Lotion (link to a specific product). It’s non-greasy formula gives your skin everything it needs in one go, including a broad-spectrum SPF.


Mostly Bs: Dry and sensitive

Your poor skin gets upset by changes in temperature, is prone to irritation from certain creams and chemicals, and often feels like it is crying out for moisture. The nights are key for you as this is when your skin repairs itself and, as dry skin is more prone to premature ageing, it’s important to encourage healing. Use a nourishing moisturizer formulated specifically for sensitive skin such as Olay Essentials Double Action Night Cream for Sensitive Skin (link to a specific product). It helps replace the moisture lost during the day and aids the natural regeneration process that happens at night (and it’s 100% color and fragrance free). And don’t forget an SPF during the day to ensure the overnight regeneration process isn’t negatively impacted by the sun.


Mostly Cs: Oily and problematic

Your skin is in overdrive when it comes to oil production, which leaves you feeling greasy, acne-prone and battling against large pores. But it’s not all bad news; oily skin can be completely manageable and is slower to age (lucky you!). Effective cleansing is crucial and using a cleansing brush like the Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Cleansing System (link to a specific product) is proven to clean up to four times more effectively, and can help remove stubborn dirt and oil. Also, don’t skip on the moisturizer (complete with SPF) even if you are prone to acne. It might seem counter-intuitive, but avoiding moisturizer causes your skin to dry out, forcing it to overcompensate and produce even more oil. Instead, opt for a lightweight, non-greasy formula such as Olay Essentials Complete Care Night Cream for Normal/Dry/Combination Skin (link to a specific product) that won’t clog your pores.


Now you’ve determined your skin type, learn more on how to care for it properly here (link to ‘Find the Ideal Skin Care Routine For Your Skin Type [REF60]’), and for even more skincare tips, visit Olay (link to Olay BLP).

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