You Think you Know Your Skin Type, But Do You?

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Finding the right skin care product is about as easy as climbing Mount Everest, wearing flip-flops, and carrying an unruly cat. Oh and also really needing to visit the ladies’ room.

It’s tough.

To even begin this daunting and heroic venture, it is essential to understand your own specific skin needs and requirements. There are many factors which determine your skin type, from age and genetics to diet and lifestyle. Not sure if you’re oily, dry or combination? Then it’s time to swot up and pick a team with our easy and simple guide to identifying your skin type.

First, the test: Find a tissue or piece of toilet paper, and press it over all key areas of your face, (forehead, nose, chin and cheeks). Do this first thing in the morning, before you apply any makeup or remove any of last night’s grime. What remains, or does not remain on the tissue, will help you to determine your skin type.

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Normal: If you have normal skin, your tissue should remain clean and oil-free. Normal skin is elastic and hydrated, making it the least-problematic skin type available. If you’re in this category, then go and buy yourself a party hat and a gin and tonic. You are one lucky lady.

Oily: Ahh, a category I sadly know far too much about. Has your tissue got grease spots on it? Then you probably belong to the oily club. Oily skin is shiny, and sometimes looks greasy and enlarges pores. On a plus oily skin is not prone to ageing and wrinkling, but it can be frustrating to live with everyday. Oily skin has enough oil already, but it is still important to moisturise, as if your skin is too dry it can produce excess oil, causing your skin to become even more greasy. Use ‘oil-free’, light products, such as Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Beauty Balm, and invest in a good powder, like MAC’s Prep & Prime Powder, to minimize shine.

Dry: Sufferers of dry skin will also have a squeaky-clean tissue, but your skin will feel naturally dry, rough and sometimes tight. Dry skin is often also quite sensitive and often red, so it’s important to not use rough irritants on dry skin. To help combat this difficult skin type, make sure you use products that focus on hydrating your skin, and regularly moisturise. Why not try Clinique’s Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator, which strengthens and hydrates skin simultaneously.

Sensitive: Again, your tissue may remain virtually new after your face test because sensitive skin is often very dry, tight, and inflames easily. Which sucks. However, there are lots of products to help protect this fragile skin type, including Liz Earle’s Skin Repair Moisturiser, ideal for sensitive skin and designed to make your face feel smooth and healthy-looking, and Avene’s Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Makeup Remover, which is gentle on your skin.

Combination: A large proportion of women fall into this category. Combination skin types have a blended range of skin conditions. For example, your tissue may have a few oil spots from your forehead, but may have clean areas from around your cheeks. Often combination skin types have a blend of dry and oily skin, and can produce shine and blackheads. Look out for combination skin type specific products to help control your face, such as Clarins’ Cream Gel for Normal to Combination Skin Types, using deep moisturisers for dry areas and light cleansers for oily areas.

Now you know your skin type, it’s a lot easier to go out and find the best products to help tame your unruly skin. We hope we have given you a few suggestions to get you inspired, but for more ideas that are specific to your skin needs, why not take our personalised beauty quiz, to find tailor made matches for your unique beauty. Say HA to your old skin woes and hello to your new, manageable complexion.