You’ve probably read about different skin types countless times, but if you’re not entirely sure which one you have then you’re not alone. However, understanding skin types (and which specific skin type you have) is important for making sure you’re getting the most out of the products you’re using. If you’re not sure where your complexion sits on the skin type spectrum, then read on for our ultimate guide to different skin types.
What skin type am I?
There are four main skin types:
When you’ve layered products onto your face, or if you’ve been wearing make‐up all day, your skin can look and feel very different from how it would naturally. The result of this is that you may think you have a certain skin type when in reality you don’t.
One way to identify your skin type is to take your face back to basics, and wash away all traces of make‐up and products using a gentle cleanser. Once you’ve thoroughly cleansed your skin, pat your face dry and wait for 20 to 60 minutes. Then, inspect your face in the mirror and see which of the following best applies to you:
After 30 minutes, if your skin feels tight, itchy, or looks flaky, chances are you have dry skin. Dry skin is lacking in moisture. It means that pores secrete little‐to‐no sebum – the oil that coats, moisturises and protects your skin. Another way to confirm whether you have dry skin would be to press a blotting paper over your face. If the paper shows little or no oil when you hold it up to the light, your skin is dry.
Dry skin can often feel very uncomfortable and can appear rough in texture. The scaly, flaky patches can make it difficult to apply make‐up evenly. Dry skin can leave your complexion looking dull, and can also mean your skin is more susceptible to showing fine lines. On a positive note, however, you probably have very small pores and far fewer breakouts than those with oilier complexions.
If you have dry skin, then incorporate products specifically formulated to boost hydration at each stage of your skincare routine. In addition to using a hydrating cleanser, try combining your moisturiser with a serum to intensely hydrate.
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