Determine your skin type

Determine your skin type

Determine your skin type

There are so many products and treatments on the market that it can be hard to know what is best for you and your skin.

Everybody’s skin is unique and it is important to look at the bigger picture when determining your skin type by understanding all of your skins needs, not just one or two. The skin is the bodies largest organ and should be looked after as you would your own heart or lungs. Using the wrong type of product can have an adverse effect on your skin so it is important to determine what your skin needs and how to keep it at its healthiest.

If you want to achieve your skincare goals then follow our guide on how to determine your skin type to ensure that you are getting the best out of your treatments and products.

How to determine my Skin Type?

Trying to identify which skin type you are can be difficult especially if you have more than one concern with your skin. Follow these top tips to discover your own skin type at home.

Bare-Faced Method

The easiest method is to study your own face and skin close up after cleansing your face and not using any skincare products. After around 30 minutes make a note of what you are seeing with your skin then wait another 30 minutes. If your skin has produced oil all over the face then you have oily skin however if your skin is feeling dehydrated and tight all over then you have dry skin. If you have a combination of the both on different areas of your face, then you have combination skin.

Blotting Method

A much faster option of determining your skin type is to use blotting papers on different areas of your face. Same as analysing your skin, if you have a lot of oil on the papers from different areas of your face then you have oily skin, if the papers show no oil then you have dry skin. If certain areas of your skin are producing oil on the sheets and other areas aren’t, then you have combination skin. Our skins needs are constantly changing depending on your climate, lifestyle, diet etc. so keep the health of your skin in mind and keep checking in with your skin to give it the treatment that it deserves to keep it balanced and glowing.

Types of Skin Types

Dry Skin

Dry skin can be anything from noticeable flaking of the skin, rough texture, irritation to feeling tightness across the skin. With dry skin you will notice an overall dehydrated look and feel.

Tips – Daily exfoliation (with a non-abrasive product) of the skin can help to promote skin turnover and replenish new cells. This way when you apply serums and creams, they will be absorbed into the skin more. Look out for products containing Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Glycerin and Algae as these will help to hydrate your skin from within.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is prone to blemishes and breakouts and has an overall oily look and feel to the skin. Oil is found most commonly through the t-zone however the whole face can become shiny and greasy throughout the day.

Tips – A gentle foaming cleanser which you can use daily will help keep any oiliness at bay and a chemical exfoliation will prevent any build up in your pores that may cause blemishes and breakouts. Clay masks are also amazing for reducing the look of pores and to detoxify the skin. Good news is that oily skin looks younger as it has more moisture and is less prone to wrinkles - winner!

Normal Skin

‘Normal’ skin is the most balanced skin type and is neither oily or dry resulting in minimal breakouts and a balanced t-zone.

Tips – Luckily, if you have ‘normal’ skin then there are no complex routines that you need to take up. Ensure that you are cleansing and moisturising daily and applying SPF. You can also incorporate chemical exfoliants and oils into your routine if you are really wanting to ramp up your skincare.

Combination Skin

Exactly in the name, combination skin is a ‘combo’ of oily and dry meaning that you may have oily areas across your t-zone and drier areas on your cheeks.

Tips – Being the most complex skin type, Combination skin needs a combination of products to keep it balanced. By using products that are formulated for all skin types you are avoiding having an overflowing bathroom cabinet of different types of skincare. Multi-masking is great for Combination skin by applying a clay mask to your oily t-zone and a hydrating mask to the rest of your skin.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can either be seen by visible redness and rashes on the skin or can be felt by irritation and discomfort on the skin.

Tips – Keep your skincare as natural and gentle as possible to avoid any irritation. Look out for products that are specially created for sensitive skin and help treat visible redness. A Dermatologist can help to put you on a skincare regime that will target the problem areas that you may have.

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AMB Beauty