My Skin Type, My Skincare

I'm sure you've all heard the buzz about normal, oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin types. But which one do you have?

Skin type can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older people to have a normal skin type. Different skin types are genetically determined but choosing the best skin care for your face and body is essential to care for your skin's health, slow the ageing process and keep you looking fabulous!

Different Skin Types and their Skincare:

Normal Skin is characterized by a smooth, radiant complexion with little to no flaking or oiliness - Lucky duck! To maintain healthy skin, stick to a regular daily regime which consists of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Don't forget to apply SPF 30+ each day to keep skin protected from the sun and looking youthful!

Oily Skin is characterized by the presence of blackheads, whiteheads or enlarged pores, and skin may appear shiny and thick. Ensure that you follow the same basic steps recommended for normal skin. However, cleansers should be non-drying and toners should be alcohol free. Furthermore, exfoliate twice a week to rid your skin of excess build up of sebum and debris. Finally, you may choose to use a gel-based moisturizer to prevent clogged pores.

Dry Skin is characterized by a flaky appearance whereby redness and fine lines are more visible. Ensure that you follow the same basic steps recommended for normal skin. Make sure to avoid harsh, irritating ingredients and excessive scrubbing of skin [Even though you might be tempted]. Invest in a high quality moisturizer in a serum, gel or cream form which is packed with antioxidants to aid in keeping your skin hydrated.

Combination Skin is characterized by a combination of an oily T-zone and dry patches on the face - This can be the reason why skincare may seem confusing. Ensure that you follow the same basic steps recommended for normal skin. The best method for combination skin is spot treating. In drier areas such as the cheeks and eyes apply a rich moisturizer. Conversely treat pimples in T-zone with a drying lotion.

With an adequate knowledge of your skin type, it will become so much easier to take care of your skin! Me having combination skin myself, I know that proper skin care will leave you looking fresher and more confident. The most important thing is to treat your skin well, drink lots of water and always wear SPF!

Olivia xx