Do You Know What Skin Type You Have and How You Should Look After It?

Do You Know What Skin Type You Have and How You Should Look After It?

04 March , 2016 0 Comments

We are all unique in our own way, so is our skin, our body's biggest and most visible organ. With a little bit of care, we can make a big difference to the health and appearance of our skin. 

There are 4 main different types of skin which have their own unique requirements when it comes to your skincare regime. The different types are normal, dry, sensitive and oily.

Your skin type can also change as you get older so you may have to change your skin care regime as you age, gracefully of course!

Skin types vary depending upon a few different factors such as:

  • Water content - This affects your skin's comfort and elasticity
  • Oil (lipid) content - This affects your skin's softness
  • Sensitivity level - How likely your skin is to react to products or ingredients

You should be able to work out what skin type you are which will give you tips on how to best care for your skin. 

Normal Skin

Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It is surprisingly normal. It has:

  • Barely visible pores
  • No severe sensitivity
  • No or few imperfections
  • A radiant complexion

If you have normal skin just keep doing what you are doing to look after it. Don't go too crazy with products with nasty chemicals though. These can be hidden in many different forms and we don't fully understand the effects of a lot of ingredients on our skin.

Dry Skin

The following skin conditions may indicate that you have dry skin:

  • Dull, rough complexion
  • Red patches
  • Almost invisible pores
  • More visible lines
  • Less elasticity
  • Skin feels tight and dry year round
  • May have enlarged pores mostly in t-zone, including blackheads
  • Skin looks tired, in need of glow

When you expose your skin to drying factors your skin can crack, peel, or become itchy, irritated, or inflamed. If your skin is very dry, you will find it can become rough and scaly. This happens more noticeably on the backs of your hands, arms, and legs.

Dry skin problems may be caused or made worse by:

  • Weather such as the wind, the sun, or cold
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from tanning beds or sun burnt skin.
  • Genetic factors
  • Long, hot baths and showers
  • Ageing or hormonal changes
  • Medications
  • Indoor heating
  • Ingredients in cosmetics, soaps, or cleansers

Here are some tips for taking better care of your dry skin:

  • Use mild, gentle soaps. Avoid using deodorant soaps.
  • Don't take long showers or baths and no more than once daily.
  • Apply a rich moisturiser right after bathing and reapply as needed throughout the day.
  • Use our organic coffee body scrub which uses natural moisturising ingredients which are readily absorbed by your body.
  • Use a humidifier and don't let indoor temperatures get too hot.
  • Wear gloves when using cleaning agents, household detergents, or solvents. 

If you follow the above tips you will help alleviate the symptoms of your dry skin and find your skin is more radiant and healthy.

Oily Skin

Do you have oily skin? Oily skin can produce:

  • Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes
  • Dull or shiny, thick complexion
  • Enlarged pores

The oiliness of your skin can change depending on the weather or even the time of year. If you do have oily skin it can be caused or made worse by:

  • Being stressed
  • Puberty or other hormonal imbalances
  • Exposure to heat or too much humidity

It's also common to have patches of oily skin on mostly normal skin. This can happen particularly around the face.

If you do have oily skin you can take care of it by:

  • Exfoliating is the best way to remove that build up, reduce clogged pores and white bumps, while making skin feel smoother. Our organic coffee body scrub is a fantastic exfoliator.
  • Don't pop, or squeeze pimples. This results in longer healing time and scarring.
  • Wash your skin no more than twice a day. The best time to wash is after you perspire heavily.

Sensitive Skin

If your skin is sensitive to what you put on it, you need to try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it's in response to particular skin care products and the nasty ingredients they put in these products.

Sensitive skin can show up as:

  • Itching
  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Eczema

Our organic body scrub is great for sensitive skin as it only uses natural ingredients. No nasty chemicals to irritate your skin.

Skin Type Quizz

If your unsure what skin type you are, try taking the following quizz. 


The Basics of Skin Care

So now you should have a better idea what skin type you have, and the general tips that will help your skin stay healthier, no matter what type it is.

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Avoid too much direct sunlight and wear a hat.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Moisturise and exfoliate your skin.
  • Wash your skin thoroughly every day and never wear make-up to bed.
  • Use a clay face mask specifically designed for your skin type.

With some extra attention, you can have soft, healthy skin that you will love, your friends will envy and your partner will adore.


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