When buying skincare products, it’s important to make sure you’re buying the right ones which specifically target your needs. Indeed, by purchasing products that are not designed to treat your skin type could in fact worsen its state. To give an obvious example, if you have oily skin, using a product that targets dry skin will probably make your skin even oilier.

Skin types usually fall into four different types – normal, oily, dry and combination. You can easily determine your skin type at home, so that the next time you’re investing in a good quality skincare range, you’ll opt for the most beneficial items.

Step #1: Start by removing all of your make up and cleansing the skin. Finish with water to ensure no product remains on your skin. Pat dry with a clean towel.

Step #2: Leave your skin to normalise for about an hour without any products. Try avoid touching your face as much as possible.

Step #3: Take some tissue and wipe your T zone, which constitutes the forehead and nose.

Step #4: Now inspect your skin for the following:

Dry – If your skin is feeling taut, or shows small flakes, you have dry skin. You may also have small pores.



Normal – If your skin shows neither a sheen or small flakes, then you have a normal skin type. Lucky you!



Oily – Look for grease on the tissue. You can also check for large pores as well as shine on your T zone. If these characteristics are present, you have oily skin.



Combination – This is the most common of skin types. If you have a mixture of the above characteristics then it’s likely that you have combination skin.



Step #5: Once you’ve determined your skin type, there are two other categories which you may or may not have, which you’ll need to take into consideration when selecting skincare.

Sensitive skin – You may already know this, but if your face gets easily irritated by certain skincare, resulting in redness, itchiness and/or rashes, then it’s very likely that you have sensitive skin. It’s beneficial to see a skin therapist to determine conditions such as eczema or rosacea, and don’t worry; there are plenty of topical treatments which can keep all of these at bay.

Acne-prone skin – It’s common that oily type skin results in frequent breakouts of acne, even if you’re past adolescence. When searching for products, try to buy ones that are not only formulated for oily skin, but also for targeting acne-prone skin.

There is often a wide choice of skincare available, so if you’re ever in doubt, speak to skin therapist or dermatologist who can point you in the right direction.


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