Our skin is a complex and beautiful organ, designed to protect us from harmful toxins as well as injuries. Every single person has their own unique skin, layered with their own nuances. So, when we discuss the term ‘skin type’ it can be hard to categorise such a large organ into such as small selection of categories. Luckily, this article will discuss the most common skin types and offer a collection of products and treatments to help nurture your skin.
The most common types of skin
There are a variety of different skin types, but the most common are usually ‘Oily’, ‘Dry’ and ‘Combination’. You may have seen the term ‘Normal Skin’ paired with combination skin, but in fact, normal skin is actually the least common skin type and requires little to no maintenance. It must be noted that your skin type can vary as you age and is determined by a variety of biological, psychological and external factors.
Skin types – How to know your skin type
In order to discover your skin type, you must become mindful of your skin and the effect that your daily actions have upon it. For example, are you drinking enough water? You may believe that you do, but the recommended amount is 3.7 litres for men and 2.7 litres for women, which can be quite difficult to consume every day, especially if you have a busy lifestyle. Moreover, is your skin overly soft or greasy? If so, this could be a sign of excess oil secretion, which could be brought on by a variety of factors, such as stress or dairy consumption. Furthermore, how sensitive is your skin? Signs of frequent irritation could denote a developing skin condition, which can cause a lot of damage if left untreated.
Skin types: Conditions and characteristics
Each skin type presents its own qualities that can sometimes be unsightly or difficult to manage. However, these characteristics are extremely common and do not usually cause too much harm.
If you suffer from dry skin, you may notice the appearance of very small pores that do not retain much moisture. Adding on to this, those with dry skin often have a dull complexion with visible fine lines becoming prominent upon the surface of the skin. Also, slight red patches may appear on dry skin, due to irritation and sensitivity.
On the other hand, oily skin presents enlarged pores that often become clogged, helping to develop blackheads, pimples and other blemishes. Moreover, those with an oily skin type may have a shiny and thick complexion, that does not reflect light well.
Finally, combination skin shows signs of both excessive dryness and oiliness. Some may experience enlarged pores and breakouts around their T-Zone, an area which holds a lot of oil. However, they may also experience dry patches in many areas of the face.
What is combination skin?
Specifically, combination skin is characterised by dry flaky skin around the cheeks but also illustrates excessive oiliness around the face, chin and nose. Those with this skin type may experience fluctuations in both dryness and oiliness as the season’s change. For example, they may experience more dry patches as the temperature rises.
How to know which facial suits me?
At Dermoi! we offer an amazing range of at-home facial treatments for a variety of skin types and conditions. Here are just a few of our favourites, all of which are available on the Dermoi! website:
For those with dry skin, we offer the ‘Osmosis Deep Hydration Facial’ from Osmosis Skincare for just £95.00. This particular facial treatment uses a blend of active powders as well as a 2% Vitamin A infusion to help boost hydration and reduce inflammation. Moreover, this facial uses lymphatic massage to boost circulation and improve your immune system, giving you a bright and healthy glow almost immediately.
The ‘iS Clinical Acne Healing Peel’ from iS Clinical is designed to boost increased cell turnover, leaving you with smoother and brighter skin. This treatment is perfect for those with oily skin as it offers a three-stage exfoliation process in order to unclog the pores of any excess oil, dirt or debris, creating a blemish-free complexion. The ‘iS Clinical Acne Healing Peel’ is now available for £115.00.
Finally, if you have combination skin, the ‘PCA Bespoke Signature Peel’ from PCA Skin offers a wide range of enzymatic peels and serums to repair damaged cells and promote healthier skin to form. Also, this treatment makes use of galvanic technology, ultrasound stimulation, LED light therapy and vibrating massage to help fight back against the visible signs of aging. This treatment is currently selling for £135.00.
How to take care of my skin?
There are a variety of different ways to take care of each skin type and usually, it only takes a few lifestyle changes to notice an improvement in the quality of your skin.
For example, if you suffer from dry skin, try to avoid hot showers or baths, which can often dry out the skin even more. Adding on to this, always apply a high-quality moisturiser after you cleanse your face in order to help your skin retain vital hydration. Moreover, cut out fragranced or dyed products, as they often contain irritants that can also dry out the skin.
Those with oily skin may benefit from exfoliating once a week to help clear out enlarged pores of excess oil and dirt. It is also recommended that you cleanse your face twice a day to help unclog the pores of any harmful debris that has built up throughout the day.
Lastly, if you have combination skin, try using a facial mask once a week to help your skin retain moisture, especially in areas of the face where dry patches tend to form. Also, apply a moisturiser twice a day to help add essential moisture back into the skin and aid in the skin’s rejuvenation process.
Choose skincare products: Here are the best Skin Condition Kits
For dry skin, why not try the ‘Pure Radiance Collection’ from iS Clinical? This selection of products aims to brighten dull spots and tackle uneven skin tones. This skin condition kit contains the ‘Cleansing Complex’, ‘White Lightening Serum’, ‘White Lightening Complex’ and the ‘Eclipse SPF50+’ and is suitable for up to three months of regular use. This collection is currently available for £194.75 on the Dermoi! online store.
The ‘Pure Clarity Collection’, also from iS Clinical is perfect for people with an oily skin type as it helps to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores and clears underlying congestion. This regime contains the ‘Cleansing Complex’, ‘Active Serum’, ‘Hydra-Cool Serum’ and the ‘Eclipse SPF50+’ and retails for £175.75 on the Dermoi! online store.
Finally, for those with combination skin, the ‘Skin Care Management System-Normal Combination Skin’ from Jan Marini Skin Research uses five steps to help cleanse, rejuvenate, resurface, hydrate and protect the skin. Each skin condition kit contains the ‘Bioglycolic Face Cleanser’, C-ESTA Face Serum’, ‘Bioclear Face Lotion’, ‘Transformation Face Cream’ and the ‘Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant’. This product is currently selling for £253.76 on the Dermoi! online store.
As always, our skin is a complicating asset and can often need a lot of commitment, time and care. But it cannot be denied that an amazing skincare routine always starts with knowing your skin type. Now that you have all of the information about dry, oily and combination skin, why not try out a few of the recommended treatments and products from this article and jumpstart your new and improved skincare routine?
Author: Melody Day