11/02/2010 10:10 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How to Determine Your Skin Type

By guest blogger Charmaine Leah, host of the video blog Glamology and founder of beauty eco-boutique Mint & Berry.

Do you know your skin type? It's important to know your skin type so you can determine the best way to look after your skin, how to care for it, what kind of products to use, and what things to avoid.

Your initial type of skin is genetically determined; however, the health and beauty of your skin later in life largely depends on what you eat and how you take care of yourself.

There are five basic skin types: normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. To figure out what type of skin you have, do this simple test:

1. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry.

2. Wait an hour so for your skin to return to its natural state.

3. Press a separate piece of tissue onto each area of your face: chin, cheeks, forehead, and nose.

4: Take a look at each piece of tissue and look for oil or flaky skin residue.

Which type are you?

For a video from Charmaine and descriptions of each skin type, go to