Chances are you don’t know what your skin type is. And with skincare products typically advertised as being suitable for dry skin, oily skin etc. it’s understandable that you might feel a bit lost when it comes to choosing what to buy. Luckily, we’re on hand to help you out with this quick guide.
If your skin is shiny, greasy to the touch, or has a waxy appearance – it’s most likely that you have what we refer to as an oily skin type.
This is caused by overproduction of oil (called sebum) by the glands in your skin, which in turn can be caused by diet, hormone imbalance, or even genetics.
Extra oil can clog your pores, meaning you’re more likely to develop whiteheads or blackheads and can lead to the shiny, greasy appearance mentioned above. It therefore requires special care when it comes to skincare.
Lucky for you, our Cleansing Face Wash will do the trick. It helps get rid of excess oil, preventing acne and clogged pores, but doesn’t dry the skin out in the process. Trust us, give it a go.
After a shower, does your skin feel tight and itchy? Is your face flakier than your friends when they’re hungover? If you recognise one of these symptoms, your skin is probably on the drier side.
This may be due to your skin’s failure to produce enough oil – or it could be caused by a whole number of environmental factors such as the weather, heat and hot baths and showers.
Other common signs that you have dry skin signs include roughness to the touch, itchiness, flaking, cracking or red skin.
The best way to treat dry skin is to boost its moisture levels using, you’ve guessed it, a moisturiser. Give our Revitalising Moisturiser a go, applying it liberally to give your skin the moisture and tlc it needs.
Combination skin means you have areas of both dry and oily skin, with the t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) typically looking and feeling the most oily.
Those with combination skin may also suffer with noticeable pores, blackheads and blemishes in the t-zone area – with noticeable dryness or flakiness elsewhere on the face.
Our Deep Cleansing Exfoliant is excellent when it comes to evening out the skin tone of those with combination skin. We recommend using it 2-3 times a week to achieve the best results.
The word “normal” is often used to describe well-balanced skin
Although those with “normal” skin may still experience some oiliness in the T-zone area, overall, the skin’s sebum and moisture levels are balanced and therefore it is neither too oily nor too dry.
Normal skin is not commonly prone to breakouts, flakiness, feeling slick or tight. Pores are generally small and the skin's texture is smooth and even
If you’re lucky enough to enjoy this skin type, it’s still important to take care of your skin to maintain its condition. We recommend our Peppermint & Tea Tree range to nourish, protect and brighten your skin so that its always looking its best.
The signs of sensitive skin can vary from person to person – some may experience visible signs such redness, dryness or a patchy texture, while others may feel discomfort, tightness or itchiness.
Sensitive skin is more likely to react negatively to skincare products, soaps or perfumes; is often more rash-prone and can sunburn easily.
Those with sensitive skin should take extra care when selecting their skincare products to minimise the chance of irritating or aggravating the skin. We’ve developed our ranges with sensitive skin in mind, using natural ingredients and essential oils in all our products.
Our top pick for those with sensitive skin is our Energising Shower Gel, which hydrates and moisturises, heals acne and rashes, and soothes irritated and dry skin all over.
How to tell what skin type you have
The best way to identify your skin type is by carrying out the watching and waiting test.
Start by washing your face then gently patting it dry. Then sit back and relax for 30 minutes and note any changes that occur to your skin after this time. Make sure you don't apply any products during this process.
Is your skin shiny? It’s likely you have oily skin. Any dryness or flakiness means you probably have dry skin. If you have a mix of these two, it’s most likely that you have combination skin. If your skin feels hydrated and comfortable, you probably have a normal skin type.