In this post, we will explain how to determine your skin type and give you a few tips to take care of it. Maybe are you looking for skincare products, but you don’t know where to start. Well, you are at the right place! Before buying anything for your skin care routine, knowing your skin type is THE essential step. Indeed, some products may work on a certain skin type but do more harm than good to yours.

First, wash your face, then wait for an hour. Once it is done, read the descriptions below and find the one that suits best your skin. 😊

 

Normal

Description: Your skin is soft and smooth. It isn’t glowy nor has a tight feeling. You have little if any imperfections. Your skin isn’t reactive to weather changes or products.

Tips: You are part of the lucky ones who don’t need specific care for their skin! Moisturizing products coupled with a healthy lifestyle are key to keeping your skin nice and smooth.

 

Dry

Description: You skin feels tight and itchy, especially after showering. You often experience redness. Your skin doesn’t feel soft, it tends to peel or flake a lot and even cracks in cold weather.

Tips: Due to its lack of oil, your skin is not protected enough from outside aggressions (dry air, cold weather, pollution…). Use a rich and nourishing cream to recreate the protective layer your skin needs. Don’t use foaming or aggressive products, they may dry your skin even more. Although you may be tempted to exfoliate often to eliminate dead skin, don’t do it more than once a week. Avoid taking long hot showers, heat will dry your skin. Finally, don’t forget to drink water to hydrate your skin (and your body) from the inside!

 

Oily

Description: Your skin looks shiny and it has a greasy feel due to extra sebum secretion, especially on the T-zone (forehead, nose, chin). Your pores may be large and open. Your skin tends to break out more easily: you are more likely to have skin conditions such as acne or rosacea.

Tips: You may want to wash your face over and over and use drying products to get rid of all this extra oil. But this will actually make it worse! Your skin will defend itself by producing even more sebum. To take care of oily skin, only use gentle products. Salicylic acid is great for you because it deep cleans your pores without aggressing your skin. Wash your face twice a day and exfoliate maximum 1-2 times a week, preferably with a peeling product instead of a scrub. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin after washing; gel creams are great for your skin type because they don’t have a heavy feel. And if you wear makeup, don’t forget to apply mattifying powder to keep your look flawless all day!

 

Combination

Description: Your skin meets the criteria of both skin types above. Your cheeks and your cheekbones are on the dry side, while your T-zone is more on the oily side. And you never know what products to use, because they may dry your dry zones even more, or make your oily zones oiler…

Tips: This is the most complex skin type, but also the most common. Every zone on your face has different needs. So your goal will be to find products that are not oily nor drying to find the perfect balance your skin needs. Wash your face with a gentle face wash and exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Then apply skin care products specifically for each zone: gel-based moisturizing products for your T-zone, and creamy nourishing products for your cheeks.

 

Watch this video to help you find your skin type:

 

If you have acne prone skin and need some tips to avoid breakouts, read this post.

And if you are looking for DIY natural face masks to treat yourself, check out this post.

 

Hope this post will be helpful. 😊

 

Love, 

Figaro London

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