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What skin type do I have?

As experts in skincare, we understand the importance of selecting the correct products for your skin. To help you identify what your skin type is, we have whittled down the 5 most common skin types and the products you should be using.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that there is a difference between ‘skin types’ and ‘skin conditions’.
You are born with a skin type and more often than not, it’s genetically inherited. We can look to our parents to determine how our skin will appear in years to come. Skin conditions can be caused by external factors such as environment, weather or incorrect products used on the skin.


A true normal skin type will have no apparent skin concerns and is not high maintenance. With very few visible pores and good blood circulation, the skin has a radiant and healthy appearance. The surface is soft to the touch and breakouts and blemishes are rare – if they do occur, they clear up by themselves within a few days.

Whilst normal skin may seem perfect, it has the potential to transform. The best possible way to care for normal skin is to follow the basics every skin type needs (cleanse, tone moisturise etc.) Gels, light creams and lotions are ideal, you don’t require a heavy product to keep your skin in balance.


Fine pores and the overall feeling of tightness characterizes dry skin. The appearance may seem dull and lifeless as there is less elasticity. A dry skin type is not usually prone to breakouts due to there being very little sebum production.

Balms and creams often contain oils, this will provide nourishment that dry skin needs. Don’t be reluctant to re-apply when you feel your skin needs it.
It’s vital to use a gentle exfoliator, usually 2 times per week to rid dead skin cells and allow new skin to grow in its place.


Try the oily skin test; If a tissue is blotted onto the skin and oil is apparent, then you may have a true oily skin type. Prone to blackheads and whiteheads, the skin has a glossy appearance. Pores are visible and enlarged and the skin can feel greasy.

If you suffer from oily skin, you may feel the urge not to moisturise, but it’s vital that you do! Avoid thick products and opt for gels; whilst they do not contain oils, they do provide your skin with the hydration it may be missing.


This skin type is the most common. However, there are two types of combination skin.
Normal – Dry: type 1 The majority of the surface is normal; however, the cheeks can feel dry and flaky whilst the t-zone is clear and luminous.
Normal – Oily: type 2 Whereas the cheeks are radiant and soft, the t-zone can feel oily and appear ‘shiny’. Pores on the forehead, nose and chin appear enlarged with some impurities.

Depending on the type of combination skin you have will determine which kind of products you should go for. You should consider using different products for different parts of the face to keep the skin well balanced.


Not to be confused with a dry skin type, sensitive skins can feel tight and seem irritated, it can easily become inflamed and requires extra care. Skin conditions such as Rosacea and Eczema are associated to a sensitive skin type; the appearance is often red, sore and angry.

This skin type is the most delicate, we recommend patch testing products before applying. Avoid perfumed and ‘harsh’ products as this will only aggravate the skin. Natural creams will protect and nourish the skin.


Whilst we hope our blog has been helpful, we recommend booking in for a complimentary consultation and seeking advice from a professional – click here or give us a call.

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