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The ultimate guide to determine your skin type in 3 simple steps

The key to flawless skin is an effective skincare regime, but the key to an effective skincare regime is knowing your skin type.

We look at our skin daily, but nailing your skin type classification can be more difficult than it seems. Experts suggest that it’s impossible to treat our complexion properly if we don’t know what we’re working with. Follow these 3 simple steps to try and classify your skin as you’re reading. Be sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin before you start. Biosource Cleansing Micellar Water is great for all skin types to purify, tone and rid your skin of any impurities.

Step #1: Feel your skin - Take the time to work out you feel in your skin. Close your eyes and use your facial muscles to move your face around; raising your eyebrows, opening your mouth and moving your cheeks.

Dry skin: Your skin feels tight and strained.
Oily skin: Your skin feels comfortable and supple.

Step #2: Observe your skin - Open your eyes and take a good look at your skin in the mirror.

Dry skin: Your skin looks matte. Perhaps you can see signs of uneven skin tone or dry patches around the cheeks, eyes and nose
Oily skin: You find that your skin looks shiny over all. If there are localised areas of shine, particularly on the medium line, then your skin is more likely to be combination.

Step #3: Touch your skin - Focus on looking and touching your skin with your fingertips to feel the surface of your skin.

Dry skin: Your skin is regular and a bit rough. Perhaps you can feel flakiness and dry patches?
Oily skin: Your skin is grainy and slightly oily. You can feel some residue left on your fingertips.

Our top picks for your skin type

Now you have a better idea of your skin type, here’s some targeted treatments that you can apply to your skin to make it its healthiest yet!

Dry Skin

Dry skin can often feel tight, and you may notice flaking or red patches of dry, sensitive skin. The key here is not to mount up the layers, but to find an effective product such as Aquasource Everplump, which is enriched with Blue Hyaluron to attract and lock in high levels of moisture. Dry skin can also leave behind dead skin cells which lay on top of the skin and block pores, leading to breakouts and blemishes. Use a nourishing exfoliator such as Biotherm’s Oil Therapy Huile de Gommage which is formulated with 3 precious oils to leave deeply cleansed, skin silky smooth and enveloped in a protecting veil.

Oily

Those with oily skin; the good news is that your skin is less prone to wrinkling! This is all well and good, but to stop skin looking greasy be sure to regularly use a facial mask to renew a non-oily glow! Skin Best Wonder Mud includes Astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, as well as Ghassoul mineral clay to extract impurities and oil for clearer, brighter and velvety soft skin. Another thing to note - just because you have oily skin, it doesn’t mean you should skip the moisturizer. If you don’t hydrate your skin, then your skin will be compelled to overproduce oil, leaving it shinier than it was before!

Combination Skin

Combination skin is a mixture of both oily and dry qualities. Neither one nor the other, combination skin can be difficult to know how to treat. Dry skin around the cheeks or nose can often be a problem, therefore finding a moisturizer that is not too heavy but retains moisture is essential. Aquasource Gel has a weightless gel texture and is enriched with Life Plankton for intense hydration for up to 48 hours.

Now you know more about your skin type, get to work on your ultimate beauty regime for your complexion. However, don’t forget that skin type can change with age, so pay attention to your complexion to alter your regime to the needs of your skin, all season round.

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