The One Thing You Need to Know Before Spending Any Money on Skin Care

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Fact: There isn't much point spending lots of money on skincare products until you know what your skin type is.

Hang on... what?

You heard us. Lots of skin care comes back to trial and error, but if you want to make sure you're investing in products that will actually work for you, the first step is understanding your skin type.

We're all born with a skin type. Think of it as your skin's personality. It determines what our skin likes, what it really doesn't like, and why it behaves the way it does (e.g. why your face looks like the bottom of a deep fryer by midday).

But what are the different skin types and how do you find out which skin type you have?

You can find out by listening to the first episode of Skincare School the podcast below (or keep scrolling for the quick version).

Different Skin Types.

1. What Is Normal Skin?

You probably have normal skin if:

- Your skin is generally well-behaved and doesn't bother you much.

- You don't really have any major skin concerns.

- You can tolerate most skincare products without any irritation.

Best product for normal skin: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

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2. What Is Dry Skin?

You probably have dry skin if:

- Your skin usually feels on the tighter or drier side, and can appear dry, dull, flaky and/or textured.

- You feel like you need more moisturiser or thicker creams to keep your skin feeling comfortable.

- Your makeup doesn't always go on smoothly over your skin texture.

Best product for dry skin: Aspect Probiotic Mask

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3. What Is Oily Skin?

You probably have oily skin if:

- Your skin becomes oily all over, and you often wake up in the morning with a visible layer of oil on the skin.

- Your pores may appear enlarged, or are prone to blackheads and congestion.

- Your makeup slides around during the day or doesn't last long on the skin.

Best product for oily skin: asap radiance serum

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4. What Is Combination Skin?

You probably have combination skin if:

- Your skin becomes oily specifically through your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin), but feels drier on your cheeks and around the perimeter of your face.

- You experience symptoms of both dry and oily skin.

- Your makeup slides off around your T-zone, but stays put or is harder to apply smoothly over the cheeks.

Best product for combo skin: Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator

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Do I Have Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin isn't actually a 'skin type', it's more often a skin condition or skin state.

Sensitive skin symptoms like redness, soreness, inflammation and changes in texture can present as a reaction to external or internal stimuli.

Unless you are genetically predisposed to having a sensitive skin condition like rosacea, dermatitis or psoriasis, you may have sensitised your skin by using too many active skincare ingredients. Other triggers of sensitive skin include:

  • The weather and climate where you live.

  • Exposure to heat and UV rays.

  • Certain foods or fragrances.

  • Changes in hormones or medications.

Best product for sensitive skin: mesoestetic post procedure fast skin repair

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You can learn more about skin types in our YouTube video below!

What Is My Skin Type?

Here's how to find out your skin type.

  • Think about how your skin looks/feels the majority of the time. Is your skin mostly oily You've probably got oily skin. Got skin that feels dry and tight, or looks a bit dry and flaky most of the time? Then you might have dry skin.

  • If your skin is all over the place, strip your skincare routine right back to basics (cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen) for around four weeks to allow your skin time to reset.

  • The most fool-proof way to find out your skin type is to see a dermatologist or a dermal clinician - they'll take one look at your face, ask you a few questions and tell you what skin type you have!

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Want to dive deeper on skin types? Here's some more content on skin types you might find helpful!

READ: Can Your Skin Type Change? I Think Mine Has, So I Asked an Expert

LISTEN: A Dermatologist Answers Your Sensitive Skin Questions.

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