The best way to identify your skin type is to thoroughly cleanse your face and then wait two hours without applying any product before studying your face. The signs to check for are as follows.
Normal Skin: No signs of flakiness or oily shine and the skin feels smooth
Oily Skin: The skin looks shiny and may feel slick. You are used to breakouts.
Combination: Your skin feels dry with an oily T-zone.
Sensitive: Your face reacts easily and you may experience redness, itchiness or even a rash.
Dry: Your skin feels tight and may have flaky areas.
For Normal skin types the best products to try are milk or gel cleansers, as some cleansers can be too harsh and drying. Milks and gels are light and gentle, cleansing the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. We love Alumier Purifying Gel Cleanser or Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant.
For Oily skin try a gel-based cleanser in the morning followed by an oil-based cleanser at night. This will remove oil, dirt and makeup without drying out the skin. Products containing AHAs will also help tackle a build-up of sebum and prevent spots from forming. Try Alumier purifying gel cleanser or Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, and then Alumier Acne clarifying cleanser twice a week is also fab.
Combination skins will benefit from a milk or gel cleanser to remove dirt and makeup without drying the skin. Again we recommend Alumier Purifying Gel Cleanser, Yon-Ka Lait or Gel Nettoyant
For Sensitive skins soap-free products are great and it's best to avoid AHAs as they will cause further irritation. Natural ingredients are best for sensitive skin so look for cleansers with aloe, cucumber and chamomile. We love Alumier SensiCalm or Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant for sensitive skins - the SensiCalm contains Aloe which is perfect for soothing and relieving redness.
As skincare specialists, it's sometimes easy to jump straight into throwing around clinical phrases and expecting everyone to know what we are talking about. But more recently as we've been working with a lot of young girls who are keen to start their skincare journey early, we've also been getting back to basics on some issues which we thought might also be useful to share on the Lisa Loves blog. So this week we're talking skin types and how to best ID your skin type.
If you have Dry skin try a cleansing oil or cleansers containing oat extract, as the essential fatty acids and glycerin within it will help remove dead skin cells and dirt without irritating your complexion. Another favourite to try is Alumier Hydraboost or Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant.
If you would like more advice on your skin type why not pop into the clinic for a consultation. Click here for our contact details.