DRY | OILY | COMBINATION | SENSITIVE - YOUR GUIDE TO SKIN TYPES
It can be hard to figure out your true skin type, because skin changes over time and can be affected by factor such as climate, hormones and diet. But it is important to know what skin type you have when selecting skincare products, so here's our guide to help you determine which you have and what products you should be looking for.
The most obvious sign that you have dry skin is if it appears dull. Dry skin can lead to a dull or almost grey-looking complexion, this is essentially due to dead skin cells covering the surface of your skin. When rough dead skin cells are removed it enables light to be reflected back off the skin, resulting in a more radiant appearance.
Factors that can contribute to dry skin include, sun exposure, excessively hot showers or baths and over-exfoliation. The obvious and best way to keep dry skin and bay is to stay hydrated. Dry skin can handle a richer moisturising cream, used morning (followed by an SPF) and evening. Don't forget you also need to hydrate from the inside out, so try and drink plenty of water regularly throughout the day.
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Skin secretes oils to keep skin hydrated but sometimes these glands produce too much oil, leaving an oily film on your skins surface and frequent breakouts. This is more common if you large pores, as the larger the pores the more oil will be produced. If you notice you breakout in spots when you apply moisturisers or serums then it's likely you have oily skin.
The key is to avoid using thick or rich creams, while still keep your skin moisturised. You may have excess oil in your skin but not the water it needs to stay plump, radiant and hydrated. Opt for lighter creams and even gels and keep an eye out for key hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, which helps skin retain water. If you have really oily skin you may find it better to skip morning moisturiser and just apply once a day before bed.
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Combination skin is when you have varying amounts of oil production across the face, this tends to show in oilier skin on the forehead and nose where you have more oil glands, and drier on the cheeks.
If you feel your T-zone is oilier than the rest of your face, try tailoring product use on each area, so use a product suited for oily skin on just the forehead and nose. You could also alternate cleansers depending on how dry or oily your skin feels during different seasons or times of the month.
Sensitive skin can be prone to inflammation, acne, rosacea or dermatitis. Another sign you could have skin with increased skin sensitivity skin is if you experience stinging or burning when applying products.
Sensitive skin isn’t necessarily a permanent skin type, it may just be a result of over exfoliation, or using products that are too harsh for your skin. Use a gentle daily wash that cleans without leaving a film on the skin and follow with moisturisers that contain anti-oxidants to fight free radicals and improve the skins protective barrier.