There are plenty of advantages that come hand in hand with knowing and being mindful of your skin type. We can treat certain conditions, better ease any skin discomforts, and supercharge our complexion with the products our skin needs to thrive. After all, we’re all different - why should we treat our skin the same? Everyone has the ability to achieve a natural glowing complexion, we just need to be aware and mindful of how our skin operates.
Wondering how to figure out your skin type? Ranging from oily to combination skin type, here are 5 different skin types, along with a handful of tips to help manage them.
1. Normal Skin
When it comes to assessing your skin type, normal skin is the best-case scenario. Though the definition of ‘normal skin’ can drastically range from person to person, it typically means you have minimal sensitivity to skincare products, a balanced oil production on the skin, and a generally healthy complexion.
In saying that, it’s still important to maintain skin health with a nutritious daily skin care routine - including cleansing, exfoliating, moisturising, and more. However, lucky for you, your skin will likely shine with ease, especially compared to those with some other skin types.
2. Dry Skin
Dry skin types can bring along feelings of tightness on the skin, as well as signs of scaling and flaking. This particular skin type can be caused by a number of elements, whether it’s a low production of natural oils by the skin, or our skin’s sensitivity to the drying conditions around us such a winter weather, humidity and excessive washing.
When it comes to supporting a dry skin type, boosting the skin with additional hydration in your skincare routine is key. A natural moisturiser, such as the natural Boost Face Cream is a popular choice. However, for an intense dose of hydration, using natural face oils or serums can help achieve more effective results faster. Simply apply your moisturiser, face oil or serum as required to replenish and hydrate the skin.
On top of this, try to avoid dry skin triggers, including hot showers and indoor heating.
3. Oily Skin
On the other end of the spectrum is oily skin - often caused when our skin produces too much of its natural oils. With the abundance of oil, our pores can become clogged in no time, causing breakouts and other impurities to suddenly appear.
Balinese volcanic clay has become a popular natural remedy for acne and oily skin types. Used in a face mask, the volcanic clay can draw the excess oil from the skin, to help clear pimples and soothe any inflammation.
Our diet can also contribute to controlling oily skin which is explored in this article on how diet affects skin health.
4. Combination Skin
Essentially, a combination skin type is the ‘best’ (or worst!) of both worlds - a complexion with both dry and oily skin. With this skin type, oil glands both over and under produce natural oils across different regions of the face. For example, your forehead could be dry whereas your cheeks could be oily.
A combination skin type can be frustrating, as it is slightly harder to treat - that being said, it’s not impossible. It’s all about balancing the skin’s oil production. Opt for products that are inclusive of all skin types and find one that works specifically for you. You may also find using different products or different ratios of products on different parts of the skin works well for you. For example, you may do two natural face masks per week, but for one of the masks you may opt to apply it only to the oilier parts of the face, and you may also choose double up on moisturising the drier parts.
This may take some trial and error, though once you’d found products and a skincare routine that works, a combination skin type becomes much easier to deal with.
5. Sensitive Skin
Some people’s skin reacts poorly to the chemicals in some skincare products - this is known as a sensitive skin type. When our skin is exposed to these triggers, our skin may become inflamed and red. In general, this is due to a compromised or delicate skin barrier.
Some common medical causes of sensitive skin include rosacea, irritant or allergic dermatitis and eczema.
To deal with a sensitive skin type, it’s best to start off by cutting out and avoiding the chemicals that cause discomfort to the skin. Some common chemical ingredients that wreak havoc on sensitive skin types include fragrances and parabens. Switching to an natural skincare range, free of these chemicals, can be a wise option.
How To Assess Your Skin Type
There are a number of different ways of how to figure out your skin type.
For example, you could test your skin over a day to see how it responds to its environment. Simply observe how your skin naturally responds throughout the day. Is it drier, shiny or perhaps inflamed or red?
You may also prefer to try a Quick Skin Challenge. After a light washing of your face with a cleanser, do not apply any skincare products or makeup for 30 to 120 minutes and observe how your skin responds.
With the help of these tests, you can become mindful of your own skin type and supercharge your complexion with the right products for you.