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What Is My Skin Type?

With so many different skin types, it can be difficult to know which you have and how to look after it best. Knowing if you have dry, oily, combination, or normal skin is crucial when putting together the perfect products and routine for the best skin results. 

But ‘what skin type do I have?’ you ask and ‘how do I tailor a skincare routine around it?’  

Keep reading as we answer your questions and explain how to know your skin type to promote your healthiest skin yet.

How to know your skin type

Before asking ‘what is my skin type?’, you should start by working out how to know your skin type 

There are two tests you can carry out to be sure, and both can easily be done at home in 30 minutes!

Test 1 – Watch your skin

The first way to know what skin type you have is to sit in front of a mirror after cleansing and watch your face to see how it reacts.  

Wash your face, gently patting dry, then grab a mirror and get watching! 

If your skin starts to look: 

  • Shiny all over: you have oily skin 
  • Flaky or tight all over: you have dry skin 
  • Shiny only in your T-Zone: you have combination skin 
  • Hydrated and healthy: you have normal skin 

Test 2 – Use blotting sheets

Another easy way to check your skin type is by using blotting sheets. After cleansing, leave skin for 30 minutes before gently pressing a blotting sheet over your face. Hold it up to the light to see if there’s any oil. 

If there’s: 

  • Lots of oil: you have oily skin 
  • No oil: you have dry skin 
  • Only oil from your T-Zone: you have combination skin 
  • Minimal oil: you have normal skin 

What is my skin type and how do I care for it?

Now that the tests have helped you know your skin type, its needs, and how it reacts to products, you can make informed decisions about your skincare routine.

Oily skin

If your skin is shiny after cleansing or produces lots of oil on a blotting sheet, you most likely have oily skin.  

It’s important to use skin products for oily skin that help to get rid of unwanted oils and balance natural sebum levels. Ingredients such as Green Tea, Witch Hazel and Bamboo Charcoal can help to reduce excessive oil production for a more balanced complexion. 

We recommend using our Anti-Pollution Facial Mask and Pore Refining Facial Scrub. The mask uses Bamboo Charcoal to help purify the skin and absorb toxins, while the scrub uses Jojoba to gently exfoliate the skin, fight shine and remove excess oil. 

Dry skin

If your skin feels tight or flaky after cleansing, you have dry skin that needs a hydration boost as soon as possible!  

A specially formulated skincare routine helps to restore moisture for a dewy complexion.

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Applying our Hydrating Day CreamRich Moisture Facial Masque and Enriching Night Cream will instantly restore lost moisture with a much-needed hydration boost. Using a powerful blend of rich moisturising ingredients like Rosehip Oil, Pomegranate and Kakadu Plum, these products will leave skin feeling radiant and refreshed. 

Combination skin

If you struggle with oiliness around your T-Zone and dry patches elsewhere, you have combination skin.  

To tackle both the excessive oil and flaky patches, you need to use natural products with a blend of moisturising and mattifying ingredients. 

Our Mattifying Facial Moisturiser boosts hydration in dry patches, while Rice Powder provides an overall matte finish. Pairing this moisturiser with our Oil Balancing Pore Refining Facial Scrub and Purifying Gel Cleanser ensures a more balanced complexion all over. 

Normal skin

Despite being blessed with well-balanced oils and optimal moisture levels, skincare is still important. 

Using natural products will help to maintain the perfect balance for the perfect, even-looking complexion.  

Products like our Foaming Facial Cleanser and Natural Moisturiser use a range of powerful ingredients to keep skin clean, happy and healthy. 

If you’re unsure on the best products for your skin type, check out our Skincare Quiz and receive 20% off your own specially tailored skincare routine.

If you are trying a product or ingredient for the first time, we always recommend a patch test first.

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