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Which Skin Type are you?

17 Jan 2019 by Myreen Young

The most important step when it comes to caring for your skin is to understand which skin type you possess. Commonly there are five different skin types; normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive. Depending on what skin type you have will determine which type of products you should use on your skin and the type of skin care routine you should follow. In this blog, we’re going to look at the five main skin types and how to identify which one you are.

Normal

It is hard to determine whether you have normal skin as skin is usually prone to blemishes and dryness throughout the year, so what really is normal skin? It’s defined as well-balanced, not being too oily or too dry and having no major problems.

What Should I Use?

The normal skin type requires the least care; usually only needing a simple moisturiser, cleanser and toner to ensure skin remains moisturised, but the products shouldn’t encourage an oil build-up or dry the skin out.

Oily

All skin types need oils as they help to keep skin moisturised and flexible; however, some peoples skin will have extra oil which will make your face appear greasy or shiny. If your face appears shiny later on in the day, makeup ‘slides off’ your face or you have a build-up of spots in certain areas, you’ll conform to the oily skin type.

What Should I Use?

For an oily complexion, you should wash your face twice a day, use a good toner, a light moisturiser and an exfoliator. Exfoliating is essential when you have oily skin as it helps to remove the build-up that comes with this skin type. Blackheads and spots will be an issue if you have oily skin, so be sure to look for oil-free products that are water-based.

Dry

If your skin feels tight and easily cracks or flakes, then you’ll have dry skin. Dry skin can form from climate changes, diet deviations, dehydration and can be hereditary. Think you have dry skin? Press a piece of tissue to your face after cleansing, if the tissue appears clean after, then your skin is lacking essential oils and therefore your skin is dry.

What Should I Use?

The most important product for people with dry skin is moisturiser, followed by a gentle daily exfoliation to buff off the dead skin cells and it’s also key that you keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.

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Sensitive

Sensitive skin is triggered by nerve endings becoming irritated which can be caused by a number of factors; from a change in weather, alteration in environment, stress and even dust. If your skin often feels tight, feels delicate to touch, reacts to skincare and can feel itchy, then it’s likely you have sensitive skin.

What Should I Use?

It’s essential that you use natural products for skin, free of any chemicals and toxins. All products that you use on sensitive skin should be gentle and soothing. People with sensitive skin should use a cleanser, a hydrating mask and a serum rather a moisturiser.

Combination

If you’ve got a mixture of two or more of the above skin types, then you’ll have the most common skin type, combination. More often than not, combination skin will be oily in the t-zone, and you’ll have breakouts at the same time as dry patches.

What Should I Use?

Combination skin can be tricky as you’ll need different products for each part of the face. The key to combination skin is to balance out both skin types, gently exfoliate each day to keep the cheeks and t-zone in check.

We hope this blog has helped you determine which skin type you have, and which type of products are required for each. Natural and organic skin care products are best for all skin types as they contain fewer chemicals, fewer toxins and therefore are less damaging to the skin. If you need any guidance about which products to incorporate into your skin care routine, don’t hesitate to get in touch!