What is My Skin Type and Caring for it?

Do not be intimidated by skin types as skincare is something that we can all learn. The trick to caring for your skin is knowing your skin and understanding it so that you can use the right products to solve your skin problems without causing more potential problems.

There are seven basic skin types: normal, oily, dry/dehydrated, combination, acne-prone, sensitive and mature. Learn how to identify and care for your skin.

Normal Skin

If you have normal skin, you do not usually experience breakouts and your skin will not be reacting negatively to weather changes or new products. You skin would be firm and have minimal fine lines and wrinkles.

Skincare tips

With normal skin, you likely will not experience sensitivity, dryness or oiliness. You can tolerate different ingredients meaning you can experiment with cleansers and moisturisers to your liking.

Oily Skin

Your skin seems to always be glowing and you have to blot your face of the oil from your skin.

Skincare Tips

With oily skin, you feel that shine control is your top priority. Even though there are benefits of having oily skin like having less wrinkles, you should not look for products containing mineral oils, petrolatum and alcohol. Check for labels on your skincare products for non-comedogenic as they do not clog your pores easily. Oil-free moisturisers are your best friend! Do not overwash your face as they can then cause your pores to release more oil to compensate.

Dry/Dehydrated Skin

Dryness and dehydration are really two different problems. Dryness is normally when there is a lack of oil on the skin and symptoms can be sensitivity, irritation and flakiness. Dehydration is when the skin is not keeping enough moisture and your skin can feel tight and have fine lines.

Skincare Tips

To reduce dryness in your skin, you need to apply rich moisturiser several times a day - especially after washing your hands or having a bath. Try to keep your air at home warm and moist to help heal skin. Avoid using harsh products or soaps which contain citrus oils and fragrances. If your skin is dehydrated, make sure you are looking for water-based products as oil-based products can make the problem worse. Most importantly, ensure you are drinking lots of water throughout the day!

Combination Skin

Is your skin oily in certain areas and dry in others? Then most likely, it is a combination skin type. Combination usually involves a T-zone where the forehead and along the nose, there is oily skin and other parts of the skin are dry or normal.

Skincare Tips

You need to stay away from the same ingredients as oily and dry skin, like alcohol-based products. You would have to isolate oily skin or dry skin patches with spot treatment and use toners or balancing creams to even out your skin.

Acne-Prone Skin

If you are having regular breakouts, then you probably have acne-prone skin and this means that your pores tend to clog easily. You can be acne prone and have oily/dry skin.

Skincare Tips

Use cleansers specifically formulated to treat acne as well as exfoliators and moisturisers to help minimise breakouts. Gently cleanse your face to prevent trauma to existing breakouts and use topical gel to treat and lighten acne-scarring. Explore acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid and retinol.

Sensitive Skin 

Sensitivity can be caused by genetics, allergies or environmental factors. Symptoms of this skin type can include skin that flushes easily, rashes and bumps and patches of flaky, dry, irritated skin.

Skincare Tips

Avoid irritating and fragrant products like alcohol and anti-bacterial ingredients. Search for products with fewer additives and pick ones which are healing, calming and anti-inflammatory.

Mature Skin

Not everyones' skin ages at the same pace however the signs are universal. There might be more wrinkles and fine lines. For more mature skin, there may be more sagging, dullness or dehydration.

Skincare Tips

It is never too early, even in your 20s, to create an anti-aging skincare routine, with restoring treatments, which can promote collagen production as well as reduce problems from the environment and cell turnover.

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