How to work out your skin type

Hello! I know I haven’t been blogging much recently, I’m trying out some new cheaper  foundations for review and it helped me find some inspiration for this post.

RIGHT, lets help you figure out your skin type!

The main skin types are:

  • Normal – you’re lucky! Minimal imperfections, you might get the odd corker on your face but other than that your skin will be naturally bright, glowy and pores not too visible.
  • Combination (my skin type)- normal to oily, ‘T-Zone’ usually.You’ll most likely have quite visible pores and find your skin to be quite shiny. Like me, it probs gets to about lunch time at work and your forehead, nose and chin are suddenly shiny!
  • Oily – Shiny skin, not just on the T-Zone, large prominent pores and prone to breakouts & blemishes.

How to tackle oil: Avoid thick, heavy creams. Avoid using oil based products. Oil + oil = oil. I made the mistake of using an oil based makeup remover for a good year and wondered why my skin was getting worse! Make salicylic acid your new best mate, try to use cleansers and moisturisers that include the ingredient. Salicylic acid not only helps combat oil but also helps to dissolve black/white heads. 

  • Dry– dry skin occurs when your skin isn’t getting enough moisture. Characteristics are tight, flaky skin, can get irritated easily,  crack or feel rough and pores aren’t usually visible. You might find that foundation sticks to certain areas of your face.

How to tackle dryness: Avoid hot water. Hot water dries out your skin. Be sure, when cleansing your skin you’re using warm water. Avoid products (cleansers, moisturisers) that include any type of alcohol or salicylic acid. As mentioned above, sailcylic acid includes drying properties and you don’t need that! DO look for makeup that includes ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil and beeswax, they’ll help nourish your skin! DO try and exfoliate your skin once a week, it will help to remove the dead, dry skin from your face. DO moisturise every morning! 

  • Sensitive – technically not a ‘skin type’ however sensitive skin becomes irritated easily and you’ll often find your skin reacts to products by becoming red, sore to touch, itchy or dry.

How to tackle sensitivity: if your skin becomes red, sore, or irritated when using product, chances are your skin is having an allergic reaction to it and you should stop using it immediately. Your skin is becoming stressed by the ingredients included in the product. AVOID perfumed products. Perfume is one of the most common irritants of skin. DO choose products with anti-inflammatory ingredients. DO gently exfoliate (try not to use products that  contain strong ingredients that are likely to burn) there are some great at home recipes e.g. mixing sugar and olive oil. 

Hopefully by this point you may know a little bit more about your skin type. I’m obviously not a dermatologist, these are just some skincare tips that I’ve picked up along the way through human error and research.

In my up-coming blogs I will be trying to focus on skincare and also helping you find a foundation that best suits your skin type! Watch this space. 

I hope you enjoyed reading! xx

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26, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Beauty obsessed. Enjoy some easy reading from a Geordie lass who loves glitter and gore.

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