When it comes to perfecting your skincare routine, knowing your skin type is key to choosing skincare products that will most benefit your skin!
Everyone has different skin but there are four key skincare types - normal, dry, oily and combination - which can help you identify which products and ingredients are best suited to your skin.
Read on to find out more about these skincare types, how to decide which one you are and what products you should be choosing based on your skincare type...
How to identify a normal skin type?
If you're lucky enough to have "normal" skin you usually have smooth and clear skin. Your skin pores are normal which means you don't have any dry or oily parts to your skin.
What ingredients are best for normal skin?
When building a skincare routine for normal skin - less is more! Your skin is already skilled at looking after itself, but you can incorporate some natural ingredients into your skincare routine for some extra support.
One great natural ingredient is Coconut Oil which has high moisturising properties. If you're prone to breakouts then Rosehip Oil can help calm skin irritation as well as reduce signs of aging.
What products should I use for a normal skin skincare routine?
The great thing about having a normal skin is that it's very low-maintenance! You don't need to use lots of prouducts to keep your skin balanced as it does that naturally - lucky you! However, all skin types need TLC so make sure you still do the basics.
Firstly, make sure you're cleansing your face daily. By cleansing your skin you're helping remove the build up of dirty which can cause breakouts. When it comes to moisturising, use a light moisturiser on your skin, such as our hydrating body butter, to give your skin that extra boost without harming your natural moisturising abilities. And finally, don't forget to keep applying SPF. This is a crucial step in any skincare routine, no matter your skin type.
How to identify an oily skin type?
One way to easily identify if you have oily skin is to look at whether your skin tends to look greasy or shiny. This would indicate the build up of oils on your skin. This build up causes frequent breakouts and blackheads on your skin.
What ingredients are best for oily skin?
Skip synthetic chemicals and instead look to nature for ingredients that can help treat oily skin! Surprisingly honey is a great ingredient for oily skin due to its antibacterial properties. But if you're looking for a vegan-friendly ingredient then oatmeal is another natural ingredient that's oily skin friendly. The oatmeal helps absorb the excess oil on your skin helping reduce the appearance of shiny or greasy skin.
What products should I use for an oily skin skincare routine?
Having oily skin can be frustrating as your skin appears shiny and you also have to deal with frequent breakouts. To help tackle these issues it's important to have a skincare routine that helps provide balance to your skin.
Firstly, use an exfoliating cleanser in the morning and before bed to help your skin. This is especially important to do in the morning as your skin sheds cells which produce oils during the night so cleansing in the morning can help reduce the oil build up.
You can also use an exfoliating toner to further help balance your skin's complexion. Look for toners that contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid or lactic acid which are perfect for oily skin.
There's a misconception that if you have oily skin you don't need to moisturise, but this is a key step you shouldn't skip! In the morning and evening use a lightweight, water based moisturiser to hydrate your skin.
How to identify a dry skin type?
If you have a dry skin type you'll have dry or flaky skin that can cause itching and your skin's pores won't be visible. Your skin will feel tight and you're more likely to have age lines.
What ingredients are beneficial for dry skin?
As always, Coconut Oil is the perfect natural ingredient for boosting hydration in your skin.
You can also make a homemade face mask with Oatmeal as it's great at reducing the itchiness caused by dry skin.
What products should you use for a dry skin skincare routine?
Dry skin is caused by a mix of internal and external factors, such as hard water, genetics or your washing habits. Considering the different factors that can cause dry skin, focusing on what you can easily change in your skincare routine can help improve hydration for your skin.
A key characteristic of dry skin is as it dries it it stretches and cracks, leaving gaps for bacteria to build up. This is why cleansing is an important part of tackling dry skin to help prevent breakouts and skin infections. Choose a hydrating cleanser that has Hyaluronic Acid to remove dirt without irritating your skin further.
If you're using a toner in your skincare routine, avoid toners that contain alcohol as these dry out your skin further. Instead look for toners that restore the pH levels of your skin to boost hydration.
When choosing a moisturiser opt for a hydrating one but specifically for your face. This will ensure that it contains ingredients that are beneficial to reducing dryness on your face's skin.
How to identify a combination skin type?
If you have a combination skin type you can have a mix of normal, dry and oily skin properties. You can identify combination skin by having oily skin on the T-Zone (your forehead, nose and chin) and either normal or dry skin on your cheeks.
What ingredients are best for combination skin?
Opt for natural ingredients to tackle your combination skin:
Honey - helps hydrate your skin by pulling moisture from the air and has good antibacterial properties to reduce breakouts
Oatmeal - is great in a face mask as it helps remove dead skin cells but also reduces irritation and absorbs oils
Coconut Oil - be careful not to use on areas of skin that are prone to breakouts as it can clog pores, but it's perfect for hydrating dry skin areas
What products should you use in a combination skin skincare routine?
Just like the other skin types there are key products you should be using in your combination skin skincare routine to tackle both the dry and oily areas of your face:
Cleanser - make sure to cleanse in the morning and evening to remove build up of oils and dirt
Moisturiser - use two seperate moisturisers to tackle the different parts of your face that are dry versus oily
Toner - use an alcohol free toner to restore your pH levels and reduce oils
Serum - opt for a serum with Hyaluronic Acid to further hydrate your skin
Whatever your skin type, choosing natural skincare products will help make your skin glow. At B&W we're passionate about helping people feel confident in their skin by creating natural and sustainable skincare products that make you feel great inside and out. View our full range of skincare here.