Saturday, 25 April 2015

#AtoZChallenge: Understanding your skin type!

whats my skin type


When it comes to skincare, one of the most basic things we need to get right before we buy a single product is to understand our skin type. To understand it (and know where to start Googling!) we need to know what skin type we have. Though it’s not the most comprehensive list (Hey, I’m trying  to waffle less!), it’s not a bad place to start. Simply go down the list and see under which type to do you tick the most boxes. 

Oily skin

  • Large pores
  • Shiny t-zone with blackheads and blemishes
  • You feel as though you could fry an egg on your face.

Dry Skin

  • Small pores
  • Dull complexion
  • Somedays, you feel like a snake shedding it’s skin there’s so much flakiness.

Normal Skin

  • Few to zero breakouts and blemishes
  • Bright, even complexion
  • What I would consider a rare breed of ‘lucky b@st@rds’ :P

Combination Skin

  • A combination of two or more of the above, e.g you could have an oily t-zone but normal, happy skin everywhere else on your face, thus you’re a normal/oily combination. Personally, I find that combination skin also changes with the seasons, so over winter I’m dry/oily, but for the majority of the year i’m normal/oily. 

Sensitive Skin

  • An intolerance to fragrance in products
  • Using certain products causes redness, itchiness, or even a burning sensation. 
  • Can be related to other skin issues, e.g psoriasis or eczema. 


Once we know what skin type category we’re currently falling into; it can change with age, puberty, time of the year, even our time of the month, then we can start focusing on buying the right products to look after our skin. 

What’s the point in using a mattefying lotion on dry skin? Or a thick, hydrating overnight treatment on oily skin? If we have sensitive skin, we need to know what to avoid, and it we have combination skin, well, we might need to invest in multiple products to target each variation of our combination.

What skin type are you? 

Until next time,




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