Why you might be getting your skin type wrong
2 June 2015
We tend to categorise skin type in one of the following ways: dry, combination, and oily – but what if you’ve been mistaking your skin type and actually been doing more harm than good? Here are some of the ways you might be getting your skin type wrong.
- Your products are stinging your skin
If a product is causing a stinging sensation on your skin, it can be easy to dismiss your skin as being sensitive. In actual fact, it could simply be that the product is irritating.
- Your products make your skin feel tight and dry
Drying products can make you believe you have really dry skin. Check the label and try to avoid products with ingredients such as sulphate and alcohol, which are both known to strip moisture from skin.
- Your products leave your skin feeling greasy
If your skin constantly feels greasy, you may think it fits into the oily category. Instead, it could just be that you’re using a moisturiser which is too rich for your skin, leading to clogged pores.
- Your products make your skin really oily
Rather than assuming you have oily skin, investigate whether it’s your product drying your skin out. If skin starts to feel dry, it will automatically start producing more oil in an effort to combat this. Keep your skin well hydrated to prevent over-production of oil.
So now you know how your products may be fooling you, how can you determine your skin type?
There are seven skin types:
- Oily. Blotting with a tissue leaves visible oil, pores are large.
- Combination. Oil is visible across T-zone (nose, forehead and chin).
- Normal. Skin produces a little oil (mainly in summer) but no flakiness.
- Dry. Small pores, skin feels tight and is often flaky.
- Sensitive. Skin reacts badly to spicy food, alcohol, hot showers.
- Under-circulated. Skin barely turns pink, even after hot showers, scrubbing and facials.
- Acne-prone. You frequently break out in spots.
It’s important to address all of your skin’s needs when choosing products, rather than focusing on just one or two. For example, if you regularly get spots, you may put your skin into the acne-prone category, but it could also be oily or sensitive. By paying attention to your skin on a daily basis, you’ll easily determine what sort of routine suits it best.
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