Think you know your skin type? Sorry, you’re probably wrong.
The reality is, in the UK most women don’t know. This is less alarming when you consider that nearly two-thirds of women wear the wrong bra size!
Just like our bra size, our skin type changes too and as a result we have to unlearn the habit of a lifetime – sticking to our ‘skin type’ and never deviating from it! Our skins change and respond to not only our inner-wellbeing and physical health but to our natural environment and lifestyle choices – thats before we even start talking about the weather, pollution, stress and the bottle of wine you’re thinking about drinking tomorrow night! One size-fits-all does not apply to your skin; your skin’s needs and condition change constantly, month after month, year after year.
So what do you do, I hear you ask? Well, treat your skin with the respect it deserves; as a living organ. It is not infallible and will undoubtedly mirror the impacts and events of your life and lifestyle. Here’s our quick-guide to navigating your skin’s current condition.
Most women at some point will fall into the combination skin category. Generally, it is normal for the ‘t-zone’ (the area around the nose, eyes and forehead) to naturally appear and feel oilier to the touch than the remainder of the skin. If your skin is in a combination-frame-of-mind, the easiest way to test this is to gently cleanse the ‘t-zone’ and leave the area for a few hours. Afterwards, if your skin feels really tight, it may suggest that a richer moisturiser and cleansing routine is needed for an interim period to target the dryness. If the skin feels or looks sensitive or delicate, consider employing a lighter treatment cream, in a gel or serum consistency.
Ultimately, seek advice from your professional beauty-aesthetic therapist. Don’t stick to the same skincare – the cream you started using 5 years ago is probably not offering you the most benefit today – assess and adapt your routine on a regular basis.