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What's Your Skin Type?

I don't know about anyone else, but I am really loving not having to wear any makeup at the moment. The lockdown is helping my skin so much and I am hoping to get into a good routine and I might come out the other side with better skin....and you can too!!

The most important thing about skincare is knowing what "type" of skin you have. This will allow you to choose skincare specifically formulated to work together with your skin and keep it in tip top health.

Are you using the correct skincare for you skin?

Do you get confused when someone asks your skin "type"?

Do you have skin concerns you just can't fix?

Usually skin types will sit under 4 categories:

1. Normal

2. Dry

3. Oily

4. Combination

Skin can also be classed as: Mature, Sensitive, Dehydrated

(I'll do another post about these and other "skin issues" soon!)

All skins react differently to the environment, medication, products and other things so this should be kept in mind when deciding what skin type you have.

So let's get down to business - I am going to include some info on each skin type, which will help you identify what heading your skin sits under.

Start by washing your face, try and use a gentle cleanser, don't add anything else to your skin ie:moisturiser etc, and leave your skin for around an hour, this will allow your skin to settle and get on with what it normally does without any interaction from any products.

Stand in front of a mirror - not a magnifying one - and have a good look at your skin in daylight. Make a note of anything you can see, pores, shiny areas, anywhere that feels tight or rough, any redness or blackheads etc.

Normal Skin

Normal Skin is that which has very few issues, not too oily, not too dry, smooth, supple and rarely has any breakouts or congestion. This is a very rare skin type.

Dry Skin

Dry Skin is a very common issue, usually consists of redness, flaking, tightness, easily irritated, especially by cold and windy weather conditions. There are visible fine lines and skin can be rough to the touch.

Oily Skin

Oily Skin is usually recognised by being shiny, in certain cases where the skin is producing a lot of oil, this can be seen on a tissue when blotting the skin or felt when touching the face. This skin type often has visibly enlarged pores and can suffer from congestion and breakouts regularly due to the pores becoming blocked with excess oils and dead skin. Severe cases can suffer from acne and cystic acne, both of which can be painful, these conditions should be assessed by the GP who may be able to prescribe medication. Oily Skin is common in teenagers and pregnancy due to the increase in hormones. Oily skin usually corrects itself once hormones settle.

Combination Skin

Combination Skin is know as such as it is a combination of 2 or more other skin types. Combination Skin is probably the most common skin type. The T-Zone (forehead, nose & chin) is usually the area which is oily so can appear shiny and where breakouts or congestion can occur. The cheeks are usually the area which is either normal or dry.

You can usually visit a skincare specialist who may offer a free consultation to discuss your skin and any concerns you may have and create a plan for products and treatments which would be suited to your skin.

Keep an eye out for my next few posts which will go through common skin concerns and skincare routines for different skin types!

Hopefully you will be able to work out what skin type you have from this post - If you are still a little lost please feel free to comment or contact me and I will be happy to help.

Hope you and your loved ones are Healthy & Safe


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