One of the most common complaints/queries I get in general is “what should I use for my skin type?” But a lot, and I mean, A LOT of people in general don’t know what their skin type is – and you can’t love your skin unless you know it.

You can double cleanse all you want, even follow the right order of skin care application. But if you don’t know your skin type, it can all go horribly wrong.

Your skin is hereditary, so although you can’t change it, you can rebalance it with the right regime. If you use the wrong products, it can compromise your skin’s natural balance. Consequently, it can result in breakouts, irritation, inflammation, and even premature aging.

Let’s discuss the different types of skin, so we don’t have to worry about ruining our face again.

DRY SKIN

Imagine the Sahara desert, but on your face. Dull skin, accentuated fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes are characteristic. You’ll have barely visible pores, but your skin will feel tight, rough and elastic.

All this is caused by a lack of moisture in the corneous layer of your skin. Hence, the need for external hydration.

 

COMBINATION SKIN

The hybrid that bridges dry and oily skin. The T-zone, consisting of the forehead and nose will typically be oily. In addition, the rest of your face will feel dry.

And when you’ve got combination skin, you have to be extra AF. Separate skincare for separate area.

 

OILY SKIN

If you wake up to see that the US has invaded your face, you know you’re good on oil. Shiny, greasy, large visible pores, breakouts – the four horsemen of the apocalypse. What’s worse that oily skin can get cray due to hormones.

But not everything is bad. Apparently, if you have oily skin, you tend to age well.

 

ACNE PRONE SKIN

A sublevel of the oily skin type. Significant amount of blackheads, whiteheads and breakouts in concentrated patches.

 

NORMAL SKIN

I mean, I don’t really have to go into detail about normal skin, eh? In short – #YouWokeUpLikeThis

 

AGING SKIN

Aging skin will often be dry, and will look translucent and pale. This is a consequence of the epidermis, the top layer of skin thinning. The skin will also appear saggy, especially around the eyes and neck due to a loss of moisture and elasticity.

 

The important thing to remember is that skin can and will fluctuate. Whether its age, diet, hormones or even the weather, cater to your skin as to how it feels. And have gorgeous radiance for days.