Buying the right products means knowing your skin. The most vital part of caring for your skin comes in understanding your skin. It allows you to find specific tips and tricks for you, keeping you looking your best. So if the world of oily, combination, and dry leaves you feeling overwhelmed, we’ve put together some of the best methods to identify which you are.
Dry skin is mostly passed down through generations. However, lifestyle, diet and climate can also affect it. If you suffer from dry skin, your skin may feel tight during the day, and you may experience flaking.
With dry skin you need a gentle approach to skincare with equally gentle ingredients. Daily exfoliation is vital to promote skin cell turnover without removing natural oils. You should also look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, due to its ability to deliver moisture to your skin.
You can also add hyaluronic acid through a supplement, such as Skin, Hair & Nails.
If you have usual/combination skin, you may find you are prone to dryness on the cheeks. With combination skin, the t-zone is usually well moisturised. Therefore, it’s important to use a moisturiser that is light but can retain moisturiser where it is most needed, such as in those dry areas. Gentle exfoliation on a daily basis will also help keep t-zone and cheeks balanced.
People with oily skin often complain that it is the worst type to have! However, rich skin tones tend to look younger and more supple because of the extra moisture. Daily enzymatic exfoliation is a good step to promote skin cell turnover and prevent pores becoming congested.
The Bare-Faced Method
- Cleanse your face with a cleanser and pat dry
- Leave skin for 30 minutes without applying any serums or moisturiser
- Examine your cheeks, chin and forehead for any shine after 30 minutes
- Tight skin? – you most likely have dry skin.
- Shine on your nose and forehead? – your skin is most likely standard/combination.
- Shine on your cheeks, forehead and nose? – you may have oily skin.
Blotting Sheet Method
- Pat a blotting sheet on across different parts of your face.
- Hold the sheet layer up to determine how much oil has been picked up
- Little to no oil? – you may have dry skin
- Oil from the forehead and nose areas? – you could have standard/combination skin
- Saturated with oil? – oily skin.
Please remember the needs for your skin can change over time. Taking the time to check in on your skin and see if any adjustments need to be made ensures you are keeping your skin protected. Also, we’ve put together some great tips on protecting your skin against the cold weather.