What Is My Skin Type
Finding the perfect skincare products can be difficult, but correctly determining your skin type can make your skincare process a whole lot easier. Whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, we’ll help you identify your skin type and show you the best skincare tips for each type.
What is my skin type?
The three most common skin types are dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. But how do you tell if you have dry or oily skin? Each skin type needs different products to help reduce the signs and give you the healthiest skin possible.
How to tell if you have dry skin
Dry skin occurs when our skin doesn’t produce the natural oils it needs. Environmental factors, like cold or dry weather, can also cause dry skin. It can cause itchiness, redness, and discomfort, but can be easily managed with a regular skincare routine.
Common symptoms of dry skin include:
- Visible dryness and ‘rough’ appearance
- Flaky skin
Dry skincare tips
All it takes is making minor changes to your routine to add much-needed hydration. To protect your skin and discourage dryness, you should avoid using hot water on your face and start using a moisturiser rich in hydrating ingredients.
Ellus & Krue: - Hydrating Day Defence
While it may seem counterintuitive to use an exfoliant on sensitive, dry skin, adding a light exfoliant once a week as part of your skincare routine will cleanse dead skin and help your skin absorb other products like serums, lotions, and moisturisers.
How to tell if you have oily skin
Our skin produces natural oils to protect us and keep our skin healthy. Whereas a lack of natural oils causes dry skin, oily skin is caused by too much oil.
If your skin is overly shiny or feels greasy, you may have oily skin. Oily skin can cause makeup to ‘melt’ off your skin and lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.
An overproduction of sebum from our sebaceous glands can cause oily skin. This can be triggered by changes in our hormones (think period acne). While we can’t control our hormones fluctuating, we can help reduce the amount of oil our skin produces!
Oily skincare tips
Keep an eye out for ‘non-comedogenic products good for oily skin and avoid adding oily products to your skincare routine. Products that contain oils and high levels of alcohol are not friendly for oily skin!
To minimise an oily appearance, introduce an exfoliant once a week into your routine, use an oil-free moisturiser and treat yourself to a clay mask to detoxify your skin and draw out oils. Using oil-free makeup and keeping blotting paper on hand will help keep the shine at bay during your day.
Ellus & Krue's - Detoxifying Exfoliant
How to tell if you have combination skin
Combination skin is the most common skin type! Most people will have a combination of oily and dry or oily and normal skin. This usually means they have an oily t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin), with normal or dry skin elsewhere.
Combination skincare tips
If you have combination skin, it’s best to avoid over-drying and harsh ingredients, and high level alcohol-based products.
Gentle cleansers and toners are great for combination skin, as they help balance and replenish your skin. Add a cleanser and toner into your daily routine before using moisturisers and creams.
How to tell if you have acne-prone skin
If you suffer from frequent breakouts of pimples, whiteheads or blackheads, you probably have acne-prone skin. Acne is incredibly common, affecting almost 90% of all people at some time in their lives.
A variety of factors can cause acne, including hormones, diet, and stress. It can also be triggered by incorrect skincare. If you have oily skin or combination skin, you may be more prone to acne breakouts.
Acne-prone skincare tips
When dealing with acne-prone skin, prioritise products that will soothe and balance your skin. Add a gentle cleanser and toner into your routine, and use a moisturiser filled with natural, soothing ingredients.
Look for acne-friendly ingredients that promote healthy skin, including:
- salicylic acid
- Vitamin B3 -- or ‘Niacinamide
- Aloe vera
- Tea tree oil
How to tell if you have sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin, it may ‘flare up’ and react to certain ingredients, like fragrances,
Sensitive skincare tips
Finding your individual triggers can be a lot of trial and error as you explore new products. As a general rule of thumb, there are a few ingredients you should avoid:
- Artificial fragrances.
- High levels of Alcohol
Instead, look for soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients that will keep your skin refreshed and nourished.
How to tell if you have mature skin
Fine lines and wrinkles are natural signs of aging, but including anti-aging products in our skincare routines can help keep our skin looking youthful for longer.
Mature skin may show signs of sun damage and dark spots, fine lines, and wrinkles around the mouth or eyes and may show signs of fatigue.
Mature skincare tips
With a regular skincare routine, you can give your skin a youthful glow. Adding products with anti-aging ingredients can help reduce the signs of fine lines and wrinkles.
We recommend adding a high-quality serum to your routine! Serums are rich in vitamins to promote healthy, youthful skin and are fast becoming a must-have in every skincare routine.
Ellus & Krue's - EPI-gN Serum
Finding your correct skin type is the first important step in finding the perfect products that work for you. Once you’ve found out what skin type you have, you can begin creating your perfect skincare routine tailored to YOUR skin’s needs.