What is my Skin Type?
In today’s blog post I’m explaining everything you need to know about skin types, determining what skin type you are, what products to use and ones to avoid. Enjoy!
The most important thing to do when starting your skincare journey is coming to understand your specific skin type and how it adapts to certain products, seasons and certain circumstances.
We understand that choosing products for your skin can be intimidating when beginning your skincare journey because there are so many products on the market. With that said, we recommend narrowing the choices down by your skin type and your skin concerns.
It’s important to take the time to learn what your specific skin needs are to help you choose the correct options for you, this will give you the best results and will help you build the best skincare regime for you.
Everyone’s skin is unique, so what might work for another may not work the same for you. The four main skin types are oily, combination, normal and dry. Here is a handy method in determining what type of skin you are:
Bare Faced Method
Remove makeup and cleanse your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. After this, leave your face bare from any other products.
After one hour, examine your chin, cheeks, nose and forehead for any shine. You can do this by using some blotting paper or some tissue. If you have any noticeable shine or you have an oily transfer in your tissue then it is likely you have oily skin.
After this wait a further 30 minutes, examine whether you skin feels tight, dehydrated or if you have any flaking skin. If you feel any of these, then you are likely to have dry/dehydrated skin.
If you noticed that you had shine on your forehead, nose and chin (t-zone) and felt tightness and dry after these methods then it’s likely you have a combination of both dry and oily - combination skin.
If you did not experience either dryness nor oilyness then most likely you have normal skin.
If you notice that a lot of products make you red or feeling itchy, then this might indicate that you have sensitive skin. Although this is not a skin type, it’s important to unsure you only purchase products than are made for sensitive skin. Always read the ingredients list and avoid harsh chemicals.
All of our skin produces a substance called sebum. Sebum is an oily, waxy type substance produced by our sebaceous glands. It’s there to protect, coat and naturally moisturise our skin. Those with oily skin types will however notice that their skin is producing sebum excessively, resulting in what we call “oily skin”.
The key to picking the right products for oily skin is to go for light weight products and to avoid layering too many products that contain oil. Oily skin types usually tend to be afraid of using moisturisers or oil products but there is nothing to be afraid of - avoiding moisturiser or any products containing oil can cause your skin to become dehydrated and when your skin is dehydrated the skin will start to over produce sebum to compensate, defeating the purpose of what you are trying to achieve. Try using lightweight formulas instead of heavy creams and if you are not comfortable using oil based products, try water based products instead.
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Dry skin can be uncomfortable, feel tight and can tend to flake in areas. Dehydration can be a lead cause of dry skin, so drinking plenty of water and maintaining a well balanced/healthy diet including Omega 3 fatty acids will help with dry skin.
A daily exfoliator whether it be a physical or a chemical exfoliator will help promote skin cell turnover. Without the additional layer of dead skin, serums and treatments will be absorbed into the skin more easily. Hyarolonic acid is a very effective ingredient for dry skin sufferers because of its ability to attract moisture and deliver it directly to the cells. The trick to keeping skin from drying throughout the day is to layer hydrating products. A method great for this is the “ 7 Skin Method”, this can be achieved by using a hydrating toner or essence and applying 7 layers of this to the skin before your treatment.
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If you have combination skin then you are trying to tackle a bit of both oily and dry skin. It can be difficult in choosing products because it includes a multiple of skin behaviors. To pick the right products you will need to determine if your skin leans more towards combination-oily or combination-dry. If you lean more Combination-oily then try using oil control products to the target areas. And if you are more Combination-dry then use a rich moisturiser in the target areas. Multi-Masking is great for combination skin as it allows you to tackle multiple skin concerns at once.
See our products for Combination Skin here
Normal skin is not as temperamental as our other skin types but this does not mean that “Normal” skin is free from skin concerns. All skin types can have skin concerns such as sensitivity, pigmentation, fine lines, acne etc. Skin concerns are generally not linked to your skin type.
If you find most products work well with your skin and you only get dry when it’s cold or only get oily occasionally, then your skin type would be “Normal” and there is a lot of products specifically made for normal skin.
Avoid using products that are specifically designed for dry skin or oily skin. Dry skin products may be too rich and heavy for your skin and could end up clogging your pores and oily skin products may strip you from your natural oils leading your skin to become dehydrated. Look for products for “all skin types” or “normal skin”.
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Our skin needs can change throughout time and in certain conditions but what’s important is that you pay attention and become more acquainted with with your skin, you will then be able to to notice these changes and change your skincare accordingly.
I hope that this has helped you in evaluating your skin type and of course if you have any questions on this topic please let us know in the comments below. X