We are all on the quest for beautiful skin.
One that radiates with a youthful, vibrant glow.
The first step to your skin health is understanding the different skin types.
Skin types are hereditary and cannot be altered, but they can become out of balance, dry, sensitive, and prone to ageing.
If you’re confused about the category your skin falls into, you’re not alone; many of our clients misdiagnose their skin type, and we find, this is the main reason behind a lot of skin conditions.
Skin type is one of beauty’s enigmas – a vague identifier, that should dictate everything you do in your skincare routine, from your cleanser and your moisturiser to what types of serum work for you.
So finding out your type matters—because every product you use on your face must be tailored to the type of skin you have. Treating your skin incorrectly with the wrong products can compromise your skin, and you may end up with the reverse result you were looking to achieve.
So before you invest in a skincare routine, you’ve got to gather some data. To help out, let us break down and examine the four different skin types – so you can pinpoint the category your skin falls into.
Understanding your skin type
An oily skin type
Does your skin get progressively shinier as the day wears on?
Or is your skin characterised by large, visible pores – due to the large amounts of sebum (oil) flowing through them?
You may be prone to whiteheads and blackheads, or acne – you can recognise this, by the bothersome three: papules, pimples, and pustules that seem to pop up everywhere. But, stop before you squeeze, read our pimple-popping guide to find out why.
Normal skin type
This is all about complexion perfection.
Normal skin is a very rare skin type with no imperfections; it behaves like babies’ skin and has a youthful glow and reflects light evenly.
If you think you have this skin type, then you will find that you have a well-balanced complexion that is consistent with little to no changes throughout the day.
Dry skin type
Tight? Flay patches? Hello and welcome to dry skin. It just feels uncomfortable…well, all of the time.
Does your skin often feel tight with barely visible pores, because it lacks oil flow? It may also feel rough and even chapped and may be prone to eczema and dermatitis.
The upside is that you might break out less or have fewer clogged pores than say an oily skin type. The downside is that you’ll need to bulk up on your moisturiser,
Layering skincare products will help, but if your barrier function is impaired sensitivity, stinging and redness may be present, which you may need to repair with an omega-rich, skin-identical cream like fortify barrier repair cream.
This is the most common skin type, which is characterised by normal, oily, and dry skin in different areas on the face.
Your T-zone is usually the oily area, and the circumference of your face and the cheeks are often much drier.
To make things even more complicated than they already are, when your cheeks get dry in winter and you reach for a thick cream to help them out, your T-zone becomes even oilier. The reverse can happen in the summer months.
As you can see, a lot is going on with a combination skin, including dryness, breakouts, and some sensitivity, so it needs to be treated with respect.
Treating your skin concerns
It is our belief that our skin is always changing, which is why you really need to really listen to your skin, in order to keep it healthy.
For this reason, we have created a range of products that can be customised to treat your specific skin type, which can be mixed with a skin shot, depending on your skin’s daily concerns.
Invest in a skin analysis
If you are looking for solutions for your skin but don’t know where to start, we recommend booking in for a facial beauty analysis. Aestheticians are professionally trained to diagnose your skin and any conditions that may be present.
Once you know your skin type, you can begin to know exactly what ingredients will benefit your skin and the best skincare routine to implement.