Thursday, 9 September 2010

Skin Types and what to use

In order to maintain skin in tip top condition we need to be able to recognise what skin type we are and use products specifically designed for taking care of it.
So do you know your skin type?
If not then remove all your slap:), take a closer look in the mirror (preferably in natural daylight) and see if any of these guidelines help:

  • Normal Skin
You've been blessed!
Your skin is smooth to the touch, soft, supple and flexible. It should feel warm to the touch and have no visible pores or small pores. Normal skin will also sometimes have a tendency to be either slightly on the dry side or slightly on the greasy side.


Light cleansing creams, lotions or face wash
Toner with 10-20% alcohol content
Light moisturiser cream or lotion
All kinds of foundations - cream, mousse, oil-based liquid, cake, all in one and gel

  • Dry/dehydrated Skin
It will feel dry to the touch and can be prone to flakiness. This skin type can often be thin and dilated capillaries may be present on the nose and cheeks. Pores and follicles are often closed and inactive. The skin chaps easily and is prone to sensitivity. Lines and wrinkles may form early on with dry skin, especially around the eyes. Lacks suppleness and has a matte, uneven texture.


Cream cleanser
Low alcohol content toner or no-alcohol if prone to sensitivity as well
Cream moisturiser
Paraffin wax or non-setting mask
Cream, oil-based liquid foundations

  • Oily Skin
Looks shiny. Can have a thick texture. Pores are enlarged, congested and blackheads may be present.


Cleansing lotion or milk, facial wash or foaming gel
Toner with 20-50% alcohol content
Cleansing grains or peel
Clay-based masks
Moisturiser milk
Water-based liquid, medicated liquid and non-oily block/cake foundations

  • Combination Skin
Combination skin is a combination of two or more skin types with the most common being a greasy T-zone along the forehead and nose, with normal or dry skin on the cheek area.


Use products specifically designed for combination skin and adjust accordingly. For a greasy T-zone follow oily skin recommendations and for dry cheek areas follow dry skin recommendations. If the cheek area is normal then follow normal skin recommendations.
Cream, water-based liquid and cake foundations.

  • Sensitive Skin
Dry and pale skins are mostly prone to sensitivity. It has a highly flushed look with a tendency to colour easily and reacts to various beauty products.


Remember to check for known allergies to products.
Cream cleanser
No-alcohol toner
Cream moisturiser
Look for hypo-allergenic products

Have you found what works for your skin?


  1. Great tips! I have combination skin...I am going to try some of those tips. :)

  2. Great tips. Thanks for posting this. :)

  3. Great blog! Thanks for the tips!