Did you know that your skin is the body’s largest organ? Caring for it properly therefore is key to achieving effective skincare results all day, everyday - starting with understanding what skin type you are. There’s nothing more counterproductive than investing in products, only for them to work against you. Which is why our expert guide to figuring out your skin type will ensure you are pairing the right products for you, as misunderstanding your skin type can lead to visible, unwanted outcomes.
What does skin type mean and how do I identify my real skin type?
Your skin type refers to your skin in its natural state. When products are added, it can completely modify how your skin appears. For example - active products such as Niacinamide and Peptides can severely dry out your skin, which we’d all like to avoid. To identify what your real skin type is, it’s best practice to go back to basics to get skin back to its natural state. Everyone’s skin types are so different, so spending time learning your skin’s specific needs will help you to choose the right options that will result in a healthier, more radiant complexion.
OILY SKIN TYPE
How to know if you have oily skin
Oily skin is characterised by an excessive amount of sebum, our skin’s natural oil. This overproduction can produce unwanted skin concerns such as congested pores, blackheads and even hyperpigmentation. However, just because these skin types produce more oil, doesn’t mean that it requires any less moisture than others.
Skincare for oily skin
Daily exfoliation is key to preventing sebum build up in your pores. Our Enzyme Exfoliant, containing natural ingredients such as Green Tea Extract, not only removes dead skin, but also promotes the renewal of skin cells by penetrating deeply into the skin to create a smoother, softer complexion. Paired with our Vitamin D Serum, its antioxidant properties nourish and protect the skin and particularly balance out the skin’s oils, therefore keeping your pores from getting clogged and appearing larger.
DRY SKIN TYPE
How to know if you have dry skin
If you’re experiencing a tight complexion, or noticeable flaking, then chances are you have dry skin. Leading causes for dry skin are dehydration, as well as your genetics, environmental factors such as lifestyle, diet and climate and hormonal changes.
Skincare for dry skin
Because dry skin generally produces less natural oils than other skin types, it’s recommended that using products that are gentle, hydrating and soothing will be most beneficial. Our Pro Collagen Cream is rich in vitamins and omega fatty acids, protecting and repairing the skin whilst also reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its Kakadu Plum extract contains Vitamin C and therefore enhances skin barrier function, helping to reduce water loss and keeping the skin ultra hydrated.
NORMAL SKIN TYPE
How to know if you have normal skin
Normal skin types have balanced skin, neither too dry or oily, with minimised pores. Nevertheless, even without specific concerns or issues, keeping your complexion looking and feeling its best will come with the addition of good quality skincare.
Skincare for normal skin
How to best care for normal skin? You can’t go past our Hydrating Skin Shield, featuring a number of benefits your skin can’t live without, such as sun protection from UV rays provoked by the Zinc Oxide, paired with its Hyaluronic Acid and Panthenol properties that offer essential moisture to the skin, enhancing its overall suppleness.
COMBINATION SKIN TYPE
How to know if you have combination skin
Combination skin affects those people who have areas that are both dry and oily - for example, the t-zone being oily and the cheeks being dry or normal. It’s therefore important to find a moisturiser that is not too heavy but also substantial enough to retain moisture, which is a tricky one to navigate for combination skin types.
Skincare for combination skin
To simplify this process, we recommend using products that balance the skin, such as our Vitamin D Serum which contains Bulgarian Rose that specifically targets this concern. Indulging in a regular face mask like our Vitamin Hydration Mask with a strong Niacinamide component to regulate oil and smooth out your complexion would also benefit someone with combination skin, leaving them to feel hydrated but also even toned.
How to know if you have sensitive skin
If you are prone to sensitive skin, chances are you would already be aware of it. These people often have burning, red and itchy skin, and are vulnerable to particular ingredients or external irritants, such as dyes or fragrances, that trigger these issues. In addition to this, you can also have dry, combination or oily skin as well. Sensitive skin types need to tread carefully when selecting their skincare products, as being uneducated about how to best treat your fragile complexion can be less than desirable.
Skincare for sensitive skin
To make this process easier, it is advised to only introduce one new skincare product at a time, and patch testing it on your inner forearm first to ensure you minimise any large scale reactions to your face. If there is no flare up, we recommend applying a small amount to the back of your ears first before moving onto your complexion. A product we trust will act as a gentle yet protective and hydrating ally to your skin is our Detoxifying Clay Mask - abundant with cleansing properties that help remove impurities such as acne, reduce swelling and irritation whilst also serving to nourishing the skin so that it remains optimal for days to come.