What's My Skin Type? Create Your Perfect Daily Routine

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Posted: Oct 29 2015

Knowing your skin type is essential to creating a daily skin routine that works for you, but with so many factors determining its condition (e.g. weather, time of year, hormonal changes etc) it can sometimes be tricky to find the right products to fit the face. Here's a quick guide to getting to know your skin better. 

To start, there are 5 basic skin types. They are;

Dry Skin
Normal Skin
Oily Skin
Combination Skin
Sensitive Skin

A large portion of the population falls within the normal / combination skin bracket, and if you're lucky enough to have 'normal' skin you'll find most products will work for you. If you fall into any of the other categories though, it can be a little bit more labour intensive to create a skincare routine that won't irritate, break you out or leave your skin feeling dull and lifeless. 

Dry Skin 

The key symptom of dry skin is itching. People who have dry skin can often find rough, dry, red patches on their skin, and these patches are often itchy. It sounds simple enough but you should focus on getting moisture into the skin and avoid products that remove your natural oils. When cleansing stay clear of scrubs and instead use a moisture rich cleansing lotion like this one from Suki Skincare which will nourish dry patches and cleanse gently.

Normal Skin

Often called 'Goldilocks skin' is not too dry and not too oily. It has no or few imperfections or sensitivity barely visible pores and a somewhat radiant complexion. Despite winning the genetic lottery, your skin still needs protecting from the elements. Everyone needs a boost now and then so if you're looking to kick up your routine, using a serum like BIOEFFECT EGF could be a good way to give yourself that little extra something whilst ensuring your skin is protected from external factors. 

Oily Skin

Oily skin is often associated with large visible pores, a dull or shiny, thick complexion and pimples and blemishes. If this sounds like you, then you could benefit from a really good face wash to keep the oil at bay. MOA have a fantastic cleanser that really provides your skin with a balancing deep cleanse whilst removing excess oil and impurities. 

Combination Skin

A combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have combination skin, which may benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas. Combination skin can produce overly dilated pores, blackheads & shiny skin.

If you're a combination type, Ling Skincare's Oxygen Plasma Glow could be the all round solution you've been looking for. This moisturising lotion contains three superstar ingredients for sensitive, oily/combination & tired skin types. The Hyaluronic Acid & Squalane moisturise & protect without relying on oils while Oxygen Plasma (perfluorodecalin) helps transport large volumes of oxygen to tissues.

Sensitive Skin

We've blogged about sensitive skin before (click here to read the post in full)  and we know that this skin type can be one of the most difficult to buy for. If your skin is sensitive some products can really break you out or leave your skin feeling itchy and sore. If you have sensitive skin, chances are you already know it. If you find your skin reacts to new products with redness, burning and dryness then you should be very cautious about introducing new things into your routine. That said, if you haven't found anything that's really worked for you, then it's worth trying a range that's been specially formulated for skin like yours. Suki Skincare have a fantastic range of products founded on natural ingredients and a drive to help sensitive skin sufferers. It's not just cleansers and moisturisers either, if you find your make up brings you out in a rash, then the Suki Tinted Moisturiser can be a great way to keep the skin looking flawless without suffering with redness afterwards.

What is your skin type? Do you find it hard to find products to work for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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