Why it’s important to know your skin type

 In Skin Care

Good quality, expensive skincare products aren’t necessarily the answer to beautiful, glowing skin. In fact, they may be quite harmful!

If you have sensitive, oily skin, for example, then a greasy, fragrance-rich moisturiser designed for dry skin will wreak havoc on it. Your face will be shiny, oily, and potentially break out in pimples or rashes.

It sounds obvious enough, but the problem is, many people actually don’t know their skin type, or they think they do but they actually have it wrong. If you had pimples as a teenager and always thought you had oily skin, it might be time to take another look because often pimples appear during adolescence but are not actually a reflection of your skin type.

Here is a guide to figuring out your skin type from the experts at London skincare clinic, Nuriss.

Combination skin
This skin type can be dry or normal in some area and oily in others. The T-zone, which includes the area around the nose, forehead and chin, is often oily in combination skin, but if you choose products designed for oily skin, the dry or normal areas of your face will suffer.

Some signs of combination skin include large pores, occasional blackheads, a shiny T-zone and dry areas – maybe around the eyes or cheeks.

The Nuriss products that work well for combination skin include the Alpha Beta Activating Cleanser, CoQ10 Hydrating Toner, Fruit Acid Renewal Gel and Vitamin Infusion Day Cream. At night, hydrate with the Retinol Vitamin A Micronutrient Cream on the face and the Eye-Perfecting Contouring Cream around the eye area.

Oily skin
You know you have oily skin when there’s a permanent greasy texture, shiny appearance, large pores and spot breakouts. If you have oily skin, it’s important to take good care of it – washing your face twice a day and using appropriate products.

We recommend the Alpha Beta Activating Cleanser, CoQ10 Hydrating Toner, Blemish Defense Exfoliator and Vitamin Infusion Day Cream. At night, use the Retinol Vitamin A Micronutrient Cream.

Dry skin
This is another one that is fairly easy to recognise, with tell-tale signs such as a lack of moisture, flaky skin, inflammation and, as you get older, fine lines and wrinkles.

To give dry skin the best treatment, use the Rose Hip Nourishing Cleanser, CoQ10 Hydrating Toner, Fruit Acid Renewal Gel or Microdermabrasion Rejuvenation Cream and Vitamin Infusion Day Cream. At night, use the Telomere DNA Youth Repair Serum, Retinol Vitamin A Micronutrient Cream and Eye Perfecting Contouring Cream around the eye area.

Sensitive skin
Like combination skin, people can sometimes mistake sensitive skin for dry skin. It is often dry and easily irritated. It can also react to harsh weather conditions like heat or wind, and have allergic responses to fragrances and pollen. Some signs include itchiness and blotchiness.

You can use the dry skin products listed above, and make sure all your products are designed for sensitive skin. Include a serum before moisturising, such as the Vitamin C, B, E & Ferulic Serum.

Nuriss is a specialist London skincare clinic with a range of treatments and products for all skin types.

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