Monday, December 18, 2017

Skin Type: Identification & Management

To get the most out of your skincare regime, you have to know your skin type-- but that can be incredibly hard to establish. The typical descriptive phrases for skin types are not particularly useful to the uninitiated, and there’s always the potential for having different skin types on different parts of your face.

There are four main facial areas you need to consider when trying to discover your skin type:

·      Your forehead and chin, these areas tend to be most liable to experience hormonal acne;
·      Your cheeks, which are most likely to suffer with issues such as eczema.
·      Your nose, which can be a combination of the two.

It’s more than possible to have, for example, dry cheeks and an oily forehead and chin. To manage this, you should just treat each area as you would for its individual type.

To clarify things further, below is a guide to the descriptors for each type of skin and tips to manage each skin care type too!


·      Oily skin is more prone to acne.
·      Oily skin has a natural ‘sheen’; look in a mirror and turn your face to catch the light. If your skin seems to be shining a little, then your skin type is probably oily.

How To Manage Oily Skin

·      Use an oil-free moisturizer such as those profiled on
·      Try not to over-clean your face; the more you wash oily skin, the more oil is produced to compensate.


·      Sensitive skin is very reactive and may redden frequently.
·      Sensitive skin feels vulnerable, easily becomes sore, and you cannot handle long periods of wearing makeup.

How To Manage Sensitive Skin

·      Learn the ingredients that trigger your skin problems and take the time to browse through to ensure you’re not unwittingly using something that may be problematic for you.
·      Try not to get your skin wet, instead cleanse using balms-- odd as it sounds, water itself can be a trigger for sensitive skin.


·      Dry skin often feels tight and uncomfortable.
·      Dry skin looks dull when inspected under a light; the light will be absorbed rather than being rebounded as with oily skin.

How To Manage Dry Skin

·      Use a facial oil beneath your moisturizer to help add an extra layer of protection against the elements. This is particularly vital during the winter months.
·      Avoid products that are designed to tackle acne, as these will dry your skin out. Use BHAs to deal with any acne issues you have rather than harsh scrubs and treatments.

Remember: your facial skin is not necessarily the same across your entire face. Check each area carefully, then follow the tips above so you can find the perfect skin routine to suit you.

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