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Different Types of Skin

By Shrudi Shyam

Our skin is an intimate canvas reflecting a blend of genetics, environmental influences, and personal care routines. Ensuring it remains in its prime demands more than just surface-level knowledge; it requires a deeper understanding of the intricacies of various types of skin's and the care they each need. Journey with us as we delve into a comprehensive guide on these different skin types and suggest ideal ingredients and products to be used for each skin type.

What are the Different Types of Skin?

1. Normal Skin

By definition, Normal Skin is a skin type often perceived as the gold standard due to its balanced sebum production. It is neither too oily nor too dry. This type of skin is characterised by a soft, smooth texture accompanied by a radiant complexion. It has minimal pores and rarely gets any blemishes. It's less sensitive to environmental changes and usually appears clear and velvety.

Skincare Tips: While normal skin isn't high maintenance, it is imperative to take care of your skin for that continued glow. Maintain the hydration levels of your skin with regular moisturisation. Ensure sun protection even if the skin doesn't easily burn. Regular gentle exfoliation can also help maintain its natural glow.

Recommended Pond's Product: The star ingredient needed for this skin type would be Glycerine that helps in maintaining consistent hydration levels. So, use Pond's Light Moisturiser with Vitamin E Glycerine for hydrated and glowing skin. You can also use Pond's Bright Beauty Serum Cream for flawless radiance and added sun protection.

2. Dry Skin

This is a skin type where the sebaceous glands produce less sebum, affecting the skin's lipid barrier which leads to moisture loss. Characterised by a matte or dull appearance this skin type has the potential for roughness, flakiness, and red patches. Fine lines may also appear prematurely on this skin type. The skin on your face can feel tight, especially after cleansing.

Skincare Tips: Incorporate a rich moisturiser into your daily routine, especially during colder months. Weekly hydrating masks and gentle exfoliation can also be beneficial in combatting dryness.

Recommended Pond's Product: The most important ingredient to be incorporated in the skincare routine for people with dry skin is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid can retain tremendous amounts of water, ensuring skin stays plumped and hydrated. You can use Pond's Super Light Gel with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E for around-the-clock hydration. You can also include nourishing Pond's Sheet Masks into your weekly routine for some extra hydration.

3. Oily Skin

By definition, oily skin is the type of skin that has hyperactive sebaceous glands, leading to an overproduction of sebum. It is characterised by a glossy and oily appearance with enlarged pores. While you might enjoy the sheen or glow for a while, it's not always good for the skin. Oily skin is prone to blackheads, pimples, and other blemishes. However, the good part is that oily skin tends to age slower due to its natural moisture.

Skincare Tips: Gentle, frequent cleansing is vital to prevent pore-clogging in oily skin. Opt for water-based or gel-based moisturisers that can nourish your skin without making it oily. Clay masks can also help reduce oiliness.

Recommended Pond's Product: Revered for its oil-absorbing properties, Mineral Clay could be a great ingredient for people with oily skin. Pond's Bright Beauty Mineral Clay Facial Foam and Pond's Bright Beauty Mineral Clay Face Mask could be a great addition to your skincare routine. You can also use Niacinamide based products in your skincare routine such as the Pond's Bright Beauty Anti-Pigmentation Serum with 12% Gluta-Niacinamide Complex. Niacinamide can help regulate oil secretion and hence give you a natural glow without the oil.

4. Combination Skin

As the name suggests, this skin type is a combination of both oily and dry skin types. It typically manifests as an oily T-zone and dry or normal cheeks. It is widely characterised with a T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) that appears shiny, while the cheeks may feel taut or even flaky at times. This skin requires a tailored approach.

Skincare Tips: Light moisturisers can be used on the entire face, while a more intensive one can be applied to dry areas. Regular exfoliation helps in balancing the skin.

Recommended Pond's Product: Pond's Bright Beauty Anti-Pigmentation Serum with 12% Gluta-Niacinamide Complex can help control oil secretion and improve overall skin texture of your skin. You can also use Pond's Super Light Gel all over your face for some intense hydration.

5. Sensitive Skin

This is a highly reactive skin type that can be easily irritated by products or environmental factors. Characterised by frequent redness, itching, burning, or dryness this skin type needs all the attention it can get without being overbearing. The triggers for this skin type can range from skincare products to climatic conditions.

Skincare Tips: Always choose hypoallergenic, fragrance-free products. Ensure a patch test before trying anything new. A gentle, consistent routine works best.

Recommended Pond's Product: Use simple products that gently hydrate your skin such as the Pond's Bright Beauty Serum Cream. Then top it off using a generous amount of the Pond's Serum Boost Sunscreen Gel with SPF 50 to protect your sensitive skin from the sun.

How to Know Your Skin Type?

Understanding your skin type is foundational in curating an effective skincare routine. Here's a step-by-step on how to know your skin type:

Step 1: Begin with a thorough cleanse using a gentle face wash such as the Pond's Bright Beauty Face Wash

Step 2: Now wait for an hour. This allows your skin to return to its natural state.

Step 3: Assess the feel of your skin.

Step 4: Dryness and tightness points towards dry skin, shine indicates oily, a combination of both indicates combination skin and any irritation signals sensitivity.

Step 5: If there's an oily feeling on your face, take a tissue or two and place it on your face to correctly determine whether you have an oily feel throughout your face or only on your T-zone.

That's it. Now that you know your skin type, use products that cater to your skin type. Your skin is a testament to your life's stories. To ensure it conveys tales of health, vibrance, and resilience, it's essential to discern its unique type and offer the love and care it rightfully deserves. Pond's India with its curated product range, assures that every story, every face, and every type is catered to with precision and love.


In conclusion, knowing your skin type names is not a mere cosmetic concern; it's a journey into self-awareness and self-care. By understanding the nuances of our skin, we not only enhance its aesthetic appeal but also its health and resilience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the best skin type?
Beauty is subjective. All skin types are unique and have their own charm. The essence lies in understanding and nurturing it. No matter what skin type you have, as long as you care for it and nurture it, it's the best skin type.

Which skin type is rare?
Purely normal skin is less common, given that many factors often cause deviations in sebum production. So, compared to the oily, dry, combination and sensitive types, normal skin type is hard to find.

Which skin type ages faster?
Dry skin ages faster. If not adequately moisturised, dry skin can display signs of ageing sooner than other skin types. Oily skin usually ages the slowest due to high moisture content.

What is the most common skin type in India?
Combination skin would be one of the most common skin types in India. Due to India's diverse climatic zones, combination skin is widespread while oily skin is also found in a good majority of the people.

Is everyone's skin unique?
Undoubtedly! While we group them under general skin type categories for simplicity, each individual's skin is uniquely theirs, with its own set of characteristics and requirements. Some may have an oily acne prone skin while others may have a dry acne prone skin. Determine your skin type and use products that are made for your specific skin concerns.

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