How To Identify Your Skin Type

How To Identify Your Skin Type

So, you’ve heard the term ‘skin type’ thrown around, but what does it mean and how do you know which category you fall into? Well, we’re here to break down the terms so that you know how you can best take care of your skin. Luckily for you, Othr Half products have been crafted to suit all skin types, you can view the range here. 

Let’s quickly address the fact that there is a difference between Female and Male skin. Studies suggest that men are likely to produce double the amount of oil that women do, and a man’s skin is generally thicker and more coarse due to shaving and different hormones impacting the skin’s make-up. When you take this all into consideration, as well as your skin type, you need to consider the method and frequency you use your skincare products.

Keep in mind that your skin type is not the be all and end all - there will always be differences from one person to another. Also, before we look at the common traits of each skin type, take into account the following points:

  1. The Season & Weather: Naturally, in warmer months we tend to sweat more, which results in more shine on the forehead. On the flip side, most people tend to feel slightly more dry and tight through the cooler months. Keep this in mind when looking at the signs.

  2. Skin Conditions: It is easy to notice signs like dryness or tightness and assume it is because of the weather or your skin type. In most instances this may be the case, but skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and acne can impact your skin more severely. It is important not to confuse skin types and skin conditions, and if you think you have a skin condition it is best to talk to a skin professional, doctor or dermatologist on the best course of action to take.

  3. Time frame: It’s best to observe your skin over a whole day to help determine which skin type you have. A split-second observation will not be an accurate snapshot. Rather, observe first thing in the morning, after your morning shower, at midday, and in the afternoon.

Now that we have these in mind, let’s look at the different skin types and their common traits to determine which category you might fall into:


  • Shiny complexion
  • Enlarged and visible pores 
  • More susceptible to breakouts and congestion


  • Dull complexion, little to no shine
  • Potentially scaly or flaking texture in areas
  • Pores not visible


  • A mix of oily and dry, most likely shiny across forehead and centre of the face (the T-zone), but dry and dull through the cheeks
  • Congestion likely confined to oily areas


  • Moderate amount of oil production, little to no shine or dullness over the face
  • Fine skin texture, and minimal, if any congestion

Now that you understand your skin type a little better, you can determine which mens skincare products will put in the hard yards for you. You’ll also be able to tailor your product usage to suit the needs of your skin.