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Skin Series: Getting To Know Your Skin Type
We’ve all got a type and for once, we’re not talking about the coffee we order before pressing play on that one episode of Friends, again. We’re talking about your skin type.
Think of your skin type as your skin’s personality. It represents what your skin loves, doesn’t love, how it performs best and what really annoys it. Just like your barista knows exactly how to pour your favourite brew, your skin type is the gateway to you knowing what skincare your complexion craves.
Many assume their skin type or base their product choices off what their mum or sister might use but the reality is, everyone’s skin type is wonderfully unique to them and what works for others, might not work as best for you.
When navigating skin types, there’s a few misconceptions that we’d love to debunk. Firstly, there’s a big difference between a skin type and a skin condition. Your skin type is what you’re born with. It’s actually decided for you thanks to genetics and DNA! This is why when choosing skincare for your individual skin type, we’re not trying to change our skin type (it’s impossible) but rather give it what it needs to best perform.
Skin conditions on the other hand, are the title for common skin concerns such as acne, sensitivity, dermatitis or pigmentation. Our skin type can play a role in our susceptibility to skin conditions and be brought on through extrinsic influencers, aka things beyond our genetics. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s jump into the four key skin types, how to tell what yours might be and the best kind of skincare for it.
You have Oily Skin
Glowing skin might be the #1 skin goal right now but for oily skin types, this is a daily frustration. If you’re an oily skin type, you wake up with a visible sheen to your face and by lunchtime, your makeup feels like it has completely slipped off, especially around your t-zone.
Oily skin types have visibly enlarged pores and are much more susceptible to blemishes. This is because the skin is overproducing oil on the daily, trying to compensate for a lack of moisture in the skin. When the oil flow is continuous, it doesn’t have anywhere to go so it stays on the skin and builds up. This is why oily skin types are often frustrated by the appearance of blackheads and breakouts.
It sounds counterproductive we know but many oily skin types would seriously benefit from adding a face oil to their routine. The oil in a face oil like our Turn Back Time Face Tonic are drastically different to the ones naturally produced by the skin.
They work to deeply hydrate and nourish below the skin’s surface which can actually help to control oil flow. When the skin feels hydrated, its oil production slows down, and these skin types can discover moments of relief from shiny complexion central.
You have Dry Skin
Does your makeup never look smooth or you need to layer on thick moisturisers to feel relief? It sounds like you might have a dry skin type.
Dry skin types experience consistently dull, flaky and textured skin because unlike oily skin types, dry skin types lack oil. This means that they struggle to maintain moisture in the skin and can be left feeling tight and delicate.
Managing dry skin can be a trickier process as this skin type can increase susceptibility to skin conditions like dermatitis and sensitivity. Despite feeling flaky, you don’t want to over exfoliate the skin and further strip and irritate it. Instead, managing this skin type needs to be a balance of refinements followed by immediate nourishment.
Whenever you remove something from dry skin (such as flaky dead skin cells), you want to replenish it with moisturisers rich in ceramides and essential fatty acids.
You have Combination Skin
Combination skin is, like its name suggests, a bit of column a and a bit of column b. When it comes to being oily or dry, combination skin can’t quite make its mind up so managing this skin type is all about balance.
Skincare products aren’t specifically designed for this skin type because what your oily t-zone requires is vastly different to what your dry cheeks and chin needs. Instead, combination skin types need to harness the best of both worlds on their skincare shelf and treat the two conditions individually.
Isolate the concerns with considered skincare choices. For example, you may only need to apply a nourishing moisturiser to the bottom half of your face to avoid exacerbating your oily forehead and vice versa. Fortunately, both oily and dry skin types will benefit from products such as oil cleansers, face oils and hydrating toners.
You have Normal Skin
Normal skin is a relatively outdated term for this skin type which is why we much prefer the term balanced skin. This skin type is generally well-behaved and doesn’t give you too much worry. A normal or balanced skin type can tolerate most skincare products well and doesn’t present frequent breakouts or sensitivity.
If you have this skin type, it’s not a free pass to neglect your skincare but you can definitely play with your products more and find what you like most. Normal or balanced skin types should practice a thorough daily skincare routine to not only maintain their complexion but support the ageing process. Prioritising regular application of SPF and thorough cleansing are two excellent ways to start.
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