So what skin type are you?

Knowing your skin type is vital in order to make the right decision about which skin care or treatment regime is suitable for your particular skin needs. Your type skin is genetically determined but the health and condition of your skin later in life largely depends on your diet, exercise and correct self care.

There are five basic skin types: Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination and Sensitive. Each type has its own particular characteristics and specific care requirements. The first step is to establish your skin type and then the treatment regime can be tailored to your individual skincare needs improving your appearance and delaying the visible signs of ageing.

Our Therapists can undertake a comprehensive skin analysis, mapping out your individual skin type and can recommend the most effective products & skincare regime to maintain your skin in its optimal condition.

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Normal Skin

Normal skin is even textured, soft and supple. This skin has optimum oil function and is in balance. It retains hydration if properly treated. Normal skin has small to medium pores and appears smooth in appearance with a ‘glowing & healthy’ appearance.

Oily Skin

Appears shiny and thick due to over secretion of sebum and this makes the skin surface oily. Oily skin has large often open /prominent pores. The excess oil attracts and traps dirt and dust particles from the atmosphere.

This in combination with dead cells blocks the skin pores. This makes oily skin prone to blackheads, pimples, and skin blemishes. Adolescents and young adults usually have oily skin due to puberty related hormone levels.

Oily skin is well moisturized and it reacts less to external factors but requires a thorough cleansing regime to manage these conditions. Oily skin has the advantage of being less prone to wrinkles and signs of premature aging.

Dry skin

Dry skin appears dull and flaky. Sebum production of oil producing glands on dry skin is poor. Sebum provides a moisture protecting film over the skin helping to retain moisture.

Dry skin therefore lacks this protection and appears dry skin and dehydrated. Dry skin can sometimes feel tight & taut on washing and is prone to wrinkles & flaking making it prone to premature aging.

Dry skin needs frequent moisturising, particularly in winter conditions when air is drier and strips the skin of its natural moisture.

Combination skin

Combination skin is the most common type of skin. People with combination skin have combination of dry areas and oily areas on the face. This type is oily and dry at the same time. Certain areas are oily and others are dry.

The T-zone, which is referred to chin, nose and forehead portion of face, is generally oily on a combination skin and other areas around mouth, cheeks and around eyes are dry.

Dry areas should be treated like dry skin and central zone is treated like oily skin. There are skin care products available in the market specially designed for combination skin.

Sensitive skin

Any skin type can be sensitive skin. Sensitive skin reacts abnormally to certain environmental changes and certain products like detergents, chemicals, perfumes etc.

This type of skin develops redness, blotches and itch. This type of skin is generally thin and dry.

Sensitive skin requires careful management and awareness of the trigger factors precipitating sensitivity.

Keep the skin well moisturised to maintain the moisture protection and avoid harsh perfumed skin products. Go instead for hypoallergenic animal tested products.

Your Therapist will advise you on the most appropriate skin care regime for individual presentation and can offer the most appropriate products for your skin type to maintain optimal skin health.

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