With a surface area of 10 square feet, skin is the body’s largest organ. Regenerating every three weeks and 5 per cent of skin cells dropping off each day, your skin certainly needs looking after! Knowing what skin type you have helps you invest in the right products to help your skin and help you look your best.
If your skin rarely gets dry or oily, then you’re lucky enough to have normal skin. Normal skin benefits from an even tone, is smooth and firm and spots and blackheads are only occasional.
Timothy Edwards recommend using a good quality facial wash every day to remove daily build up of oils and dead skin cells. Use a light moisturiser daily to keep normal skin moisturised and supple.
If your skin is shiny, prone to spots and blackheads or has enlarged pores, then you have oily skin. Dedicated oily skin care products remove greasy shine on your face and may include anti-bacterial properties to keep spots at bay.
Use a quality facial wash twice a day to keep oily skin clear. An oil-free matting moisturiser will give your skin the conditioning it needs, but without the shine associated with normal moisturisers. Using a clay mask each week will deep clean the pores and absorb excess oil and, over time, reduce the size of pores.
Dry skin feels tight, looks dull and is flaky.
A gentle face wash won’t dry the skin and using a good quality moisturiser twice a day will keep the skin hydrated. Use a rich, moisturising shaving cream to help protect dry skin while shaving.
Do products that contact your skin leave your skin red, or blotchy?
Dedicated sensitive skin products are formulated without harsh chemicals and potentially irritating scents. We recommend patch testing any new products before using them fully.
If your skin sounds like it fits into more than one of the above skin types you have combination skin. Often people with combination skin have an oily T-Zone – forehead, nose and chin – with dry cheeks. Of course this varies among individuals but equilibrium can be restored!
Avoid products which can leave the skin dry such as soap, and avoid particularly greasy products such as heavy moisturisers. It may be necessary to try different products suited to each area of skin, or use products suited to combination skin.