Ok, this might seem really basic but before you can do anything with your skin you need to understand your skin type.
Are you dry? Oily? Normal? Combo?
If you don’t know your skin type you won’t know what actives are suited to your skin or what concerns you need to tackle. Don’t forget that you skin is your bodies largest organ and everyones is slightly different.
So, how do you work out your skin type?
Well, if you haven’t been to a good beautician / doctor or aesthetician who has told you then you need to figure it out for yourself.The easiest way to do this is something called the ‘bare faced method’. Cleanse your face thoroughly with a mild cleanser and gently pat dry. Don’t use any products on your skin and wait for 30 minutes. Then inspect your skin. Examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead for any shine. After another 30 mins see if your skin feels dry or tight.
If your skin feels tight, your skin is likely dry. If there is a shine to your nose and forehead your skin is most likely normal / combo. If there is shine on your cheeks as well then you most likely have oily skin. If your skin feels good and even, not too dry or oily then you have normal skin. And finally if it sometimes gets red, irritated, inflamed or itchy then you have sensitive skin.
Apart from the basic five skin types it is also important to think of other skin concerns for example anti-ageing, acne-prone, sun-damage or pigmentation concerns. These will also play a big part in determining what you need to add to your skin care routine.
Do you know your skin type?
What are your biggest skin concerns?
What is it that you want to work on?
Let me know in the comments below and we can work on this together.
For me, I have normal / combo skin and my biggest skin concerns are anti-ageing and pigmentation. Check back on my next #12DaysOfDrLaura when I’ll go through why having a good skincare routine is so important and what you should include in yours.