Finding the perfect skin care range and routine is difficult, especially when you factor in winter, your hectic schedule and, of course, ageing. So, if you want healthy, balanced and radiant skin, a good place to start is by identifying your skin type and choosing your skincare products accordingly.
What it looks like: Dry skin is often scaly, rough and flaky with red patches and apparent loss of elasticity.
How to treat it: Read the labels on your skincare products carefully because, when you’re treating dry skin, you need to steer clear of cleansers and toners with alcohol. Look for a gentle but effective solution that won’t strip your skin of the little moisture it has. Don’t use hot water; rather rinse with warm to tepid water and exfoliate weekly.
What it looks like: Oily skin is greasy, looks shiny and often has large pores.
How to treat it: Use an oil-free foaming cleanser. Rinse with plenty of warm water. You may want to use a toner or astringent which will remove excess oil, making your face less shiny and helping to keep skin clean, but be careful to choose a product that won’t irritate your skin.
What it looks like: Combination skin is dry in some areas and is usually oily on the forehead, nose and chin (also know as the T-zone).
How to treat it: This skin type can be tricky because you’re essentially dealing with two types at once. Be careful not to overstimulate the skin by rubbing or exfoliating aggressively. A moisturising, gentle, nonabrasive soap bar or cleanser will keep oily and dry areas balanced.