What is your skin Type?
What is your skin type?
Sometimes it can be a bit tricky to decide what your skin type is, especially if you get the odd outbreak and your are trying to stay youthful looking. It can seem like that you have to choose between spots or winkles, so we are here to help.
A really easy way to tell what skin type you are is to wash your face, pat it dry and leave it for 20 minutes, this will allow your skin to re-balance. Then take this quick test: Take a few pieces of tissue paper and press on different spots on your face. If your skin is oily, the paper will stick, pick up oily bits and become translucent. If the paper doesn’t stick or pick up any oily spots, your skin is dry. If it sticks in your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) then you have combination (or normal) skin. About 70% of women have combination skin.
Will you be taking the test?
1. Oily Skin?
Oily skin doesn’t just belong to teenagers! If your skin is oily, it tends to be quite shiny/greasy with enlarged pores and it can be prone to black heads, spots and blemishes. When applying make up, if it is not applied correctly it can start to slide. One good thing about having oily skin – it is slower to show the signs of ageing, so you will look younger for longer! Yay!
Skin becomes oily when the sebaceous glands are over-active and produce excessive oil and it can potentially clog pores and attract bacteria causing frequent breakouts. It’s a myth that chocolate gives you spots, but it is really important to try and stay healthy. We know it is tempting to keep washing your skin if you feel it is oily, but washing your skin too much can make your oily skin worse. Over stimulation of your skin and using products that are to harsh can upset the balance of your skins acid mantle, which will lead to excess sebum production.
Cleanser for Oily Skin
There is no need to buy a really expensive face wash for your oily skin, but we would recommend that you buy a quality product. Try using a product that does not contain harsh ingredients so it does not strip your skin of oil and cleanses your face in a gentle manner. We really like Green People Oy! Foaming Clear Skin Face Wash, it thoroughly cleanses your pores and is a great daily antibacterial face wash for guys and dolls.
Alternatively, you could try a good quality light cleansing lotion, like Dr Hauschka Cleansing Milk, this is very gentle and won’t clog pores. This will help balance the skin and manage oil production. Feel free to use a toner to remove traces of cleanser but stay away from astringent and aggressive toners that will strip the acid mantle, as this can lead to more oil.
Moisturiser for Oily Skin
Oliy skin still needs to be moisturized. Oily skin can also be dehydrated so look out for an oil free moisturizer. Use a moisturizer that is light, and has key ingredients such as tea tree, lavender and balancing ingredients such as geranium. We like Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish Daily Moisturising Lotion, it is great for doing battle with blemishes!
2. Combination Skin?
Around 70% of us have Combination skin. It is when parts of your skin are dry or dehydrated and other areas are oily. It is quite common as your T-zone area – your forehead, nose area and chin is naturally oilier than the cheeks. Though, sometimes an oily T-zone can be caused by using the wrong products, as mentioned before by over stimulating the sebum production. When cleansing the T-zone try not being too aggressive, other wise you can upset your skins natural balance.
Products for Combination Skin
Combination skins can vary in so many different ways amd because of this, there is not an all out cure product. The best solution is to choose a product that will treat the predominant condition. For example if you skin is mostly dry but have an oily T-Zone, choose a moisturizer that is suitable for dry sensitive skin and use it sparingly on your T-zone area. The Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference range has some products that specifically target each skin issue. The Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion SPF 15 is a really good moisturizer that is perfect for combination skin, it gives your skin the moisture exactly where it is needed. Again, just like oily skins try to use cleansers that are not too aggressive, keeping your acid mantle balanced is the key to happy healthy skin.
3. Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, it can appear in a wide range of symptoms: You may have a tendency towards fine lines, wrinkles, red patches and flaking, especially after cleansing. In the mildest cases of dry skin you may just experience some flaking; however in more severe forms it can lead to itching, cracked skin, bleeding, pain and more – resulting in eczema.
Causes of Dry Skin
Dry skin can be caused by many different things such as, the central heating, cold weather, sun damage, and excessive washing or using harsh products that irritate the skin. If you do suffer from dry skin it is a good idea to keep your hydration levels up, drinking at least eight glasses of water each day to keep you on the right track.
Dry Skin on the Face
There are plenty of creams around to help to combat your dry skin. When you apply them pay extra attention to areas that are prone to dryness such as around the eyes, cheeks, neck and décolletage. Using aromatherapy oil is a great way to feed your skin and lock in moisture. Inner Soul Organics Barefaced Beauty Natural Serum will quench any dry patches and drench your skin with Vitamin C and boosting its natural ability to produce collagen which becomes more vital as skin age.
Dry Skin on the Hands
If you can keep some hand cream on your desk, bag and next to your bed this will remind you to use it. The skin around your nails can become a lot dryer in the colder months so using cuticle oil is a great investment this time of year. Don’t forget to put it on at bed time too! If your hands are really parched, use a rich hand cream before bed and pop on some cotton gloves before you go to sleep. You may feel like Lady Mary from Downton Abby but it really works!