Tuesday, 16 August 2011

"What is my skin type?"

Many people don't know what skin type they have which can make choosing products or treatments difficult. It is important to know what skin type you have so that you can get the best results from your products and so they can do the job they are made for. A lot of people assume they are a certain skin type without really knowing what to look for...
If you have a facial treatment at a salon/spa the therapist would most probably provide a skin analysis so that you can get the best out of your treatment, so it is a job idea to ask after the treatment, for future reference. However, skin types can change depending on the season e.g. dry-winter or oily-summer, for example.

So to know what to look for I have let you know about the characteristics of each skin type to make it much easier for you to identify what you are...

This is very rare and is seen as the 'ideal' skin type
  • Clear and fresh
  • Fine, even texture
  • Even colouring
  • Does not look neither dry or oily
  • Very rare breakouts
Dry/ Dehydrated
Lacks either/both sebum or moisture
  • Dull complexion
  • Small,tight pores
  • Tight feeling after washing
  • Often red and blotchy
  • Flaky skin
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Fine lines/premature wrinkles
  • Prone to allergies
  • No spots
  • Dilated or broken capillaries

Too much sebum/moisture

  • Looks shiny, even soon after washing
  • Large pores
  • Spots/blackheads often present
  • Coarse texture
  • Good skin tone
The most common skin type. Two or more skin types may be present, classic t-zone(part oily/part dry)

  • Oily areas are usually the forehead, nose and chin
  • Drier areas usually cheeks and eye area
  • Blemishes may be present in t-zone
  • Flaky skin could be present on cheeks
  • Broken capillaries may also be found on cheeks

  • Often accompanies dry skin
  • High colouring may be visible
  • Broken capillaries
  • Feels warm
  • Uncomfortable/itchy/irritation
I hope this helps if you were unsure as to what to look for and makes it easier for you to find products to suit your skin type! :)

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