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How To Work Out Your Skin Type

What are the different skin types?

Oily skin type

Oily skin type:

You have lots of excess oil on your skin. Your face is generally shiny looking and greasy feeling. People with oily skin are more likely to develop blemishes and blackheads.

Recommendation: clay masks 1-2x per week

 

Combination skin type:

If you have combination skin, you will have areas of oily and dry or, normal skin. People who have combination skin typically have an oily T-zone (nose, chin and forehead).

Recommended skincare routine:

  1. Oil or oil cleanser
  2. Gentle cleanser
  3. Toner and Serum (optional)
  4. Moisturiser 
  5. Sunscreen (could be a moisturiser with SPF) or Night cream (depending on the time of day)

Normal skin type:

Not dry or oily, it is perfectly balanced. People with normal skin are less likely to have things such as dry patches and breakouts.

Recommended skincare routine:

  1. Oil or oil cleanser
  2. Gentle cleanser
  3. Toner and Serum (optional)
  4. Moisturiser 
  5. Sunscreen (could be a moisturiser with SPF) or Night cream (depending on the time of day)

Dry skin type
Dry skin type:

Dry, dehydrated skin tends to be flaky, scaly and sometimes rough. Dry skin generally looks dull and dehydrated.

Recommended skincare routine: 

  1. Oil or oil cleanser
  2. Gentle cleanser
  3. Toner and Serum (optional)
  4. Moisturiser (should be a hydrating or heavy moisturiser)
  5. Sunscreen (could be a moisturiser with SPF) or Night cream (depending on the time of day)

Sensitive skin type:

In lighter skin types you are more likely to notice red skin, especially after applying certain products or eating spicy foods. However, for those who do not show visible symptoms, the usual symptoms will be discomfort.

Recommended skincare routine:

  1. Oil or oil cleanser
  2. Gentle cleanser
  3. Toner and Serum (optional)
  4. Moisturiser 
  5. Sunscreen (could be a moisturiser with SPF) or Night cream (depending on the time of day)

Working out your skin type:

If you would like to find out your skin type, here are three methods that we recommend:

 1. Look in the mirror

Taking a good look at your skin is a great way to figure out your skin type if you don't know it already. This can be done in front of a mirror at any time. Take some time to look at your skin in the mirror. Look for any dry areas, oily skin or normal skin.

2. Washing your face

Use a gentle cleanser. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Do not apply anything to your skin. Wait for up to 1 hour.

If your skin feels tight, you probably have dry skin.

If your skin is shiny all over (especially on your nose, forehead and cheeks), you have oily skin.

If your nose and forehead are shiny, you probably have Normal or combination skin

3. Blotting paper

Blotting paper is the paper you use to remove any excess oil from your skin, especially when wearing makeup. Using blotting paper is another great tool for finding out your skin type. Grab some blotting paper. Gently blot your face. We suggest using one small square for each area. That's one square of paper for your forehead and nose, one for both cheeks and one for the rest of your face.

If you do not have blotting paper you can use tissue. Toilet paper is best. Separate the layers as use them as you would use the blotting paper.

Use these methods to find out what your skin type is. You can then use your results to pick the right products and the right ingredients for your daily skincare routine. For example, if you have oily skin, you would pick products or ingredients that are for oily skin types.


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