Quiz: 5 Simple Questions to Identify Your Skin Type

Quiz: 5 Simple Questions to Identify Your Skin Type

Knowing your skin type can help you adjust your routine and keep your skin looking its best.


As your skin changes over time, so should your skincare regimen. Perhaps the creams and serums that once worked wonders for you are now proving less effective. But if you can determine what your skin needs now, you can keep it happy and fend off premature aging. Take the quiz below to discover what your skin is trying to tell you.

What does your skin look like an hour after you wash it?
a) Smooth and refreshed
b) Dry, dull and taut
c) Shiny, especially on the nose and T-zone

After wearing foundation for a few hours, how does your foundation look?
a) The same as when I put it on
b) Patchy and flaky
c) It disappeared 30 minutes ago

How big are your pores?
a) Tiny – I can hardly see them
b) Small, but my skin is dry
c) I’m surprised you can’t see them from here!

How does your skin react to the sun?
a) I love the sun, and so does my skin
b) Salt water and sunscreen tend to irritate my skin
c) Grease, grease and more grease

How often does your skin need moisturizing?
a) Usually in the morning and before I go to bed
b) Every hour if I could
c) Sometimes I avoid moisturizing completely

Mostly As: Normal with a Touch of Combination
Congratulations – you’ve hit the skin-type jackpot! Your skin is neither too oily nor too dry, and most days you enjoy a clear and smooth complexion. Your skincare routine should be simple: Cleanse, moisturize and wear sunscreen. For 24 hours of sheer and breathable hydration that is suitable for normal skin types, try Olay Age Defying Advanced Hydrating Gel Moisturizer.

Mostly Bs: Dry and Sensitive
Your skin is affected by changes in temperature, is prone to irritation from certain creams and chemicals, and constantly needs moisture. Focus on your before-bedtime skincare routine, as nighttime is when your skin repairs itself. Use a nourishing moisturizer formulated specifically for sensitive skin such as Olay Age Defying Night Cream for Sensitive Skin, which provides all-night moisture and reveals younger, healthier-looking skin in just four weeks. And don’t forget to apply a lotion with an SPF during the day to ensure the sun doesn’t negatively impact the overnight regeneration process.

Mostly Cs: Shiny and Oily
Your skin is in oil-production overdrive, which causes grease, acne and large pores. But oily skin can be completely manageable, and it ages more slowly, too! Using a cleansing brush like the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System is proven to clean up to four times more effectively and can help remove stubborn dirt and oil. Also, don’t skip the moisturizer (complete with SPF), even if you’re prone to acne. It might seem counterintuitive, 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 Age Defying Classic Night Cream that won’t clog your pores.

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