Understanding your skin type means you will be able to choose the best products to keep it in tip top condition. Sometimes, it is not that obvious what type of skin you have because it can be a combination, with different areas of the face having separate care needs. Here’s a guide to the different skin types to help you decide.
Dry skin lacks moisture and lipids. It is usually more sensitive to changes in temperature than other types of skin, and will chap or crack in the elements. If your skin often looks dry and flaky, and feels tight and sometimes itches, especially after you have been in the sun or a hot shower, then you have dry skin.
It is very important to protect dry skin from the sun with hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Choose intensive rich moisturisers which contain vitamin C, and apply frequently.
This type of skin produces more sebum than is needed, resulting in blackheads, spots, and acne. The production of excess oils can be triggered by stress and hormones, and is sometimes a genetic inheritance. If you have large pores, shiny patches, and a tendency to break out, then your skin is oily.
To care for oily skin, it is very important to cleanse thoroughly before bed, especially if you have been wearing makeup. Gentle scrubs and face masks can help to shrink and unclog pores.
This skin type combines normal or dry skin on the cheeks and chin, with oily blemish prone skin on the nose and forehead. Choose skincare products carefully, such as light gentle cleansers, and oil free moisturisers.
If you are lucky enough to have smooth evenly toned skin, that rarely feels dry or breaks out, you have normal skin! To maintain its good condition, cleanse and moisturise daily with products designed for normal skin.
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