Starting out with skincare can be overwhelming and you might not even know what your skin type is. This is the basis of building your perfect skincare routine.
Skin type vs skin condition
In short; your skin is either dry, combination or normal. Some will say that oily skin is a skin type but I disagree and consider it a skin condition. Your skin type will never change, however, your skin condition / concerns might change depending on external factors such as weather and temperature.
As for sensitive skin, I’d say it can be both a condition or a skin type. Some suffer from conditions such as rosacea, and even though it is a skin condition, it’s a long-term condition. Other skin conditions tend to be more short-term.
As an example, you can have both dry and dehydrated skin at the same time. My skin type is combination, and during the summer it’s normally pretty balanced, however, during the autumn I tend to become oily and dehydrated.
How do I determine my skin type?
I would always recommend seeing an expert to determine your skin type. Some skincare brands such as Kiehl’s and The Body Shop can even do a skin scan on you in store!
Apart from referring to the overview above, my best advice to finding your skin type without seeing a specialist or having a scan would be to wash your face with a gentle face wash and then see how your skin behaves. Does your face feel tight straight afterwards? You might have dry skin. However, if your skin starts to become oily in some areas and tight in others, you might have combination skin.
Now that you know your skin type and have identified your skin condition and concerns, you’re one step closer to finding your perfect routine!
For a routine for oily skin, click here.
If you need any advice, please leave me a comment below.