There are so many different beauty products out there designed to help certain skin types. On that note, there are also so many skin types! Dry, dehydrated, combination, oily, sensitive etc. what does it all mean? We’re giving a quick little easy guide to understanding the difference between each so you can better understand how you can find the perfect products to give you perfect glowing skin. Keeping in mind that it’s common for you to fluctuate between these types as they can change with hormonal changes, dietary changes, stress, medication, weather factors and much more.
Oily skin is often characterised as skin with enlarged pores, dull, thick skin, a glossy complexion and blackheads, pimples or other blemishes as excess oil on the skin causes clogged and congested pores. However, a benefit to having oily skin means you’re actually less likely to develop wrinkles as much as drier skin types so that’s something, right?!
To best look after oily skin, exfoliators are your best friend once a week to help encourage skin cell turnover and prevent unnecessary oils from sitting in your pores. Keeping an eye out for products that are noncomedogenic will ensure your pores get less congested. Even though you may feel that your skin is already too moist given the excess oil, oily skin needs to be moisturised too! So, again, choose noncomedogenic moisturisers that are light-weight and gel-based and use after cleansing will a gentle cleanser. Lastly, using a deep cleansing face mask including clays will help draw out any extra impurities and oils you don’t need.
Dry skin can be characterised by pores that are almost invisible; red patches; more visible ageing and lines; and a rough, tight and/or flakey complexion. Not to be confused with skin that is simply dehydrated (which can happen to anyone any day when our skin is lacking a bit of hydration and moisture), dry skin is actually a lack of natural necessary oils.
You should be using a cleanser that is gentle and doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight afterwards from drawing any moisture out of your skin. Then follow up with thick moisturisers and effective serums with hydrating properties such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Doing regular face masks that are targeted to restoring moisture and hydration is key. Similar for oily skin types, exfoliating once a week to help assist skin cell turnover is important if your skin is dull and flakey, however be sure to be gentle and stay away from physical exfoliators that are too abrasive and drying.
Normal means your skin is pretty well-balanced. You’ll generally have fine pores, a smooth/soft skin texture and your skin isn’t overly sensitive certain ingredients or products. You may find that you T-zone may be a bit oily, but overall oil and moisture is balanced and the skin isn’t too oily nor too dry all over.
Seeing as though your skin is already pretty good, a normal skin care routine with a cleanser, moisturiser and serums will generally be fine and you can focus on finding products that target things you’d like to improve on such as brightness, complexion evenness or dewiness.