Education, Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

What’s my Skin type?

Trust us, it matters.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Oct 25, 2021

Deciphering through the ever-growing list of skincare products on the market can be exhausting and confusing. There are some products out there specifically for acne-prone skin, combination skin, specific skin tones and reactions, plus everything in between. So what is the ideal thing to think about when shopping for skincare products, you ask? Your skin type.

 

Below we break down a few skin textures to help you out.

 

Dry skin

How to tell:

If your skin feels tight all over after you wash your face, you most likely have dry skin. Also, if you naturally feel like your skin is dehydrated, it probably is.

What to get rid of:

Stay clear of anything that has alcohol or sodium in it. Also, avoid anything that is oil-based as sometimes the oil can actually create a barrier that will prevent hydrating ingredients from seeping in.

What to invest in:

Water-based formulas that have hyaluronic acid, urea, hexylene glycol and sorbitol. In English, shea butter and argan oil will be your best friends.

 

Also read about the difference between dry and dehydrated skin.

 

Acne-prone or oily skin

How to tell:

If your skin is oddly shiny throughout the day and feels slick to touch, you are probably aware of the excess oil.

What to get rid of:

Anything that is labeled for dry or mature skin, as these can easily clog pores, the root cause of acne.

What to invest in:

Always have lactic acid, retinoids, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide in your cabinet. Salicylic acid specifically helps to control oil and keep pores clean. But be careful not to overuse these products as that can also lead to drying. If you feel like your skin is so dry and nothing is working, light therapy products can also help with acne.

 

 

Combination skin

How to tell:

If you regularly experience an oiliness in the T-zone (forehead and down the face) but normal to dry everywhere else, you have combination skin.

What to get rid of:

Avoid acne cleansers and anything that has a thick consistency.

What to invest in:

Unfortunately because there is a mixture of things going on in combo skin, you’ll want to use an assortment of products as they will provide different benefits for the skin. Opt for a gentle cleanser for your who face and then serums or lotions to provide hydration.

 

Sensitive skin 

How to tell:

If products sting, burn, or itch when applied, you have sensitive skin. You might also notice an ongoing redness on your skin as well.

What to get rid of:

Discard anything with fragrance in it.

What to invest in:

Stock up on products with chamomile, oatmeal, green tea, lavender.

 

We also recommend reading about the best sunscreen for your skin type as well as how to transition into a winter skincare routine. And remember, no matter which skin type you have, always patch test new skincare products.