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Know Your Skin Type

No matter how expensive the skincare products you buy are, they need to meet your skin's needs. Therefore, the first step is to identify your skin type to take care of it accordingly.

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Ideally, the most suitable person to give you the relevant advice is a dermatologist; however with the following guide you can determine your skin type. 

Remember that depending on the season, environmental conditions, diet, and hormones, your skin may change, and it is a good idea to re-evaluate your skin type every five years.

Once you have determined your skin type, you will need to look at the best products to buy. For many people who are already in the industry of skincare, learning as much as possible is best. Places such as the School of Natural Skincare can assist.

Finding your skin type

You will need to assess your skin type, look at your skin and think about what it needs. Every person's skin is different, depending on multiple factors. If you use a lot of makeup then your skin can become clogged quite quickly, and you may need to look at a good exfoliator that isn't going to strip your skin.

Makeup itself doesn't damage the skin at all; in fact, it is part of our routine for most people, but you must remove your makeup and double cleanse often.

Dry skin

If you feel your skin is rough or patchy or flaky and you have a feeling of tightness, then you have dry skin. It may feel dehydrated and not overly smooth the touch. 

Oily skin

Before going to bed at night, wash your face with a cleanser, without then applying any moisturizer. If the morning you wake up, you rub the back of your nose, and you feel that your finger is slipping, then, yes, you have oily skin. However, you do still need to moisturize your skin. 

Sensitive skin

If when you touch your cheeks they feel warm, or your skin is hot and you often react to new products then you have sensitive skin. Always be sure to remove your makeup correctly and also clean your makeup brushes and equipment - this is vital. 

Combination skin

If the skin on your cheeks is relatively dry and the T-zone is oily, then you have combination skin, and you will need two different types of products to care for combination skin.

Dehydrated skin

If you pinch your cheek and it shows vertical lines, then you have dehydrated skin. Make sure you moisturise regularly using a hydrating cream and serums and try to avoid using too much powder makeup as they can contribute to drying your skin out further. 


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