Decoding Your Skin Type

Genetics plays a principal factor in your skin’s appearance. But hormonal changes, dietary habits and the environment all influence your skin’s behaviour too. That’s why identifying your skin type is the first step to knowing how to care for your face properly. The second step, is knowing how to adjust your skin care routine to suit the changes in your skin’s condition.


Skin Behaviour:
Combination skin can be tricky to identify because it features two or more types of skin at once. Normally those with combination skin have an oily T-zone, but dry or normal skinelsewhere. 

How to Treat:
Use different products for different parts of your face. Lightweight gels and oil-absorbing products will tame your T-zone, while nourishing creams will help the drier parts. 

Products we recommend for oily skin: Optimals Oxygen Boost Day Cream Oily Skin, True Perfection Perfecting Serum Ecollagen Lightweight Cream. 


Skin Behaviour:
Shiny skin that’s often worsened by hormonal changes in your body, or over-treating with high-alcohol content products. You may suffer from blackheads and spots, or enlarged pores around your T-zone.  

How to Treat: 
Don’t try to dry your skin out by over washing, as this will only trigger further oil production. Instead use a gentle cleanser, followed by a non-comedogenic serum or gel based lotion. Moisturising oily skin might seem counterintuitive, but it is essential for restoring imbalance. Blotting papers can help remove excess oil during the day and a weekly clay mask will draw out dirt.

Products we recommend for oily skin: Optimals Oxygen Boost Day Cream Oily Skin, True Perfection Perfecting Serum or Ecollagen Lightweight Cream.


Skin Behaviour:
Dry skin has nothing to do with a lack of moisture, but rather your outer layer of skins ability to maintain stable moisture levels.  Dry skin is characterised by very tight pores, a rough complexion with visible lines and red patchiness.

How to Treat:
Switch harsh cleansing ingredients that strip away your skin lipids, with a mild cleansing milk. A high SPF moisturiser will prevent sun damage that can lead to dry skin, as will day creams that contain urea and lactic acid. Rather than exfoliate, gently massage skin with a muslin cloth to remove impurities. Hot showers will dry you out, so turn the temperature down a notch.

Products we recommend for dry skin: True Perfection Day Moisturiser and Ecollagen Advanced Protection Day Shield SPF30


Skin Behaviour:
Easily irritated, sensitive skin may have a bumpy texture, with dry patches or redden easily.

How to Treat:
Avoid products that are highly fragranced or contain strong ingredients that target ageing. If your symptoms include itchiness and red bumps, try introducing new skin care products slowly by means of a patch test. Try to keep your skin care routine simple to avoid reactions.

Products we recommend for sensitive skin: Optimals Oxygen Boost Day Cream Dry/ Sensitive Skin.

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