Recognising your skin type

When buying beauty products especially skin care, everything is labelled to suit certain skin types and the skin types needs. yet recognising what type of skin you have can be tricky. making it harder to determine what products will suit your skin. Getting it wrong isn’t the end of the world but it wont help your skin either.
I have struggled with what skin type I have as my face doesn’t really get oily, I very rarely get spots and my skin isn’t dry. So does this mean my skin is normal, it is possible but hardly anyone actually has what is called normal skin.

Normal skin has a even balance of oil and moisture. Normal skin is supple with no visible pores.
No skin should be assumed to be normal as most skin leans to either dry or oily.

Does your skin feel tight?
Do you get flakiness of the skin?
Does the winter weather make your skin sore?
Do you burn?
Do you lose your tan quickly?

If you answered yes then your likely to have dry skin.
dry skin lacks oil leaving the skin dry to touch. Depending on your age, there may be a lack of elasticity. your skin might be thin with red looking veins on your cheeks. You may be sensitive to different products. Your skin might chap but your pores are often small and closed.

Do you find your makeup wears off quickly?
do you often get spots and blackheads?
does your skin often look shiny?
do you lack wrinkles or fine lines?

If you answered yes your likely to have oily skin.
oily skin is caused by the over-production of sebum. This is your skins natural oil produced in the sebaceous glands. Teenagers are prone to this skin type due to the increase of hormones. Many teens skin settle with age but some people naturally have oily skin.

Is you nose shiny?
Do you get blackheads in your t-zone?
Do your cheeks feel tight maybe dry?

If you answered yes you may have combination skin.
Combination skin is a mixture of different skin types which is probably most common. Most commonly you find people have a greasy nose and forehead and dryer cheeks. This is because the nose and the T zone area has more sebaceous glands. So more likely to show signs of greasy skin.

Is your skin prone to allergic reactions?
Do you cheeks often look flushed?
Does your skin seem dry and reddish?
Are you naturally pale?

If you answered yes you may have sensitive skin.
Sensitive skin often reacts to chemicals and products applied to the skin. Your skin will have the tendency to colour easily. You may have to be careful with certain ingredients within products and you should avoid perfumed products.

There are many things that affect the skin such as age, poor diet, medication and stress. As well as more commonly talked about affects such as sun damage and smoking. Hormones and products also play a big part in your skins condition. Your skin type often changes due to these factors and others. So always keep an eye on your skin and adjust products accordingly.

Your skin, might be a different type from those stated above, such as dehydrated, mature or congested. I focused on these 5 as they are most commonly seen on products. Without seeing your skin in the flesh its hard for me to give you a definite skin type.

I always recommend seeing a local beauty therapist or dermatologist and they can thoroughly analyse your skin and give you a personal face map to show you what parts of your skin has what type. They should be able to give you a personalised skin care plan.

I hope this helps you decide what type of skin you have and determine what skincare products you should be looking for. If you enjoyed this type of post and would like to see more skincare posts let me know by commenting below.

Lots of Love,
Laura x