Anyone who’s ever bought cosmetics is probably aware of the concept of “skin types” and the fact that everyone’s skin is different. There are usually five main types which are catered for – oily, dry, combination, sensitive and normal, but you’d be surprised by how many of our clients don’t actually know what their skin type is. We thought we’d put together a simple guide to each skin type so that you can work out what your skin type is, and cater your beauty regime to suit it.
Oily skin is characterised by shine, usually on the forehead and cheeks, and the oil usually reappears very quickly even after washing. People with oily skin will usually need to blot their face throughout the day to eliminate extra oil, and will often have trouble getting make up to stay put, describing it as feeling like their make-up is ‘sliding off’
If your skin is dry, there are a number of factors which will let you know. Dry skin often feels tight and uncomfortable after washing, and your pores are usually small. You may notice flakes of dry skin on your forehead, cheeks or nose and you may have areas of redness. People with dry skin often find that liquid foundations don’t sit very well and may look even and powdery on areas of dryness.
Combination skin is exactly what it sounds like, skin which is a combination of other types, usually suffering areas of dryness, as well as patches which are oily. It can be one of the trickier skin types to deal with as it’s rare to find products which can tackle both dryness and excess sebum, but there are definitely products out there which can help.
Sensitive skin is another tricky one as sensitised skin can be made so much worse by products which don’t suit it. If you’ve got sensitive skin, you’ll usually deal with redness, sore patches and reactions to certain products. Sensitive skin also seems more prone to spots than some other skin types because the skin is constantly under stress.
Normal skin is the Holy Grail of skin types because it’s so easy to please! You won’t have any noticeable dryness or too much oil and rarely have adverse reactions to products. Normal skin still needs moisturiser and anti-ageing creams, but they don’t need to be super-rich and oily as with other skin types.