What Skin Type Are You?

With a multitude of products on the market, it’s important to find a range that helps rather than hinders your skin health. Once you know your skin type, you can create your ideal care routine. Find out your type below and discover the best ways to nourish and invigorate your skin.

Dry skin

If you find your skin tends to appear dull, flaky or fine in texture with pores that are not very obvious, it’s likely that you have dry skin.

People with this skin type tend to experience that ‘taut’ feeling after washing and are easily irritated with sensitive skin. Dry skin is also susceptible to wrinkles as the low level of sebum secretion means that the skin loses its moisture easily.

People with dry skin must focus on hydration and avoid ingredients which can further dehydrate the skin.

Oily skin

Those with oily skin will experience an overall oily appearance that is often accompanied by large open pores. Due to highly active sebum production, pores tend to become easily clogged with oil and dead skin cells.

Whilst oily skin is less prone to premature wrinkles, there is a tendency to trap bacteria within pores. This can lead to acne.

People with oily skin should focus on a consistent cleansing routine and exfoliate well to remove excess sebum, grime and dead skin cells from the pores. They should not ignore the importance of hydration, however, as the absence of moisturise can acerbate the production of oil.

Combination skin

The area around the nose, chin, and forehead have more oil glands which can result in varied sebum production across the face. This is commonly known as combination skin and is characterised by a tendency to build up shine in the t-zone (the area across the forehead, nose, and chin).

People with combination skin can often experience multiple concerns including breakouts, dryness, wrinkles, and conditions such as rosacea at once. With that in mind, combination skin should be treated accordingly. Ensure skin is cleansed well and exfoliate where needed. Hydrate and moisturise all over, paying special attention to areas of dryness.

Sensitive skin

If your skin is prone to becoming red or inflamed, you are likely to have sensitive skin. This can be accompanied by small white bumps, pimples and/or swollen eyes and can often feel itchy, taut or like it is stinging or burning when products are applied.

Sensitive skin can be caused by a number of factors such as an allergic reaction or using the wrong products for your skin type. It can be instantaneous or have a delayed reaction.

Those who live with sensitive skin need only find naturally calming and healing ingredients that won’t aggravate the skin. They should avoid anything abrasive that might curse further irritation.

Rosacea (red skin)

Whilst experts have not yet determined the cause of rosacea, it is widely believed that the condition is due to the inflammation of blood vessels in the face. Dietary and environmental triggers can aggravate rosacea by increasing blood flow to the skin.

Those with rosacea experience redness, often accompanied by small, red pustules. They have a high tendency to flushing and skin is hyper reactive. It is easily inflamed and swelling can sometimes occur. Rosacea can be managed by avoiding harsh products that use alcohol and other irritating chemicals.

Mature skin

As the skin naturally ages, we see a reduction in cell renewal, sebum secretion, and moisture retention. The integrity of our collagen framework can lead to a loss in ‘structure’ in the face. Over time, our skin becomes drier with visible expression lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation. Loss of structure means that our skin is no longer smooth and taut.

Those with mature skin should focus on hydration and nourishing.

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