There are 5 skin types – oily, dry, combination, sensitive and mature – that most women battle with every day. And every skin type has its challenges!
Luckily, for every concern, there’s a list of skincare solutions and products to help you give your skin what it needs. So, whether you’re battling dryness, sensitive skin or finding it hard to strike the right balance with combination skin, we’re here to solve your problems.
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Top skincare solutions and buys for your skin type:
This skin type is prone to imperfections like acne and blackheads because the excess oil clogs the pores, causing all sorts of skin irritations. People with oily skin make the mistake of thinking that they don’t need to use a moisturiser.
Your skin needs moisture, and often the products we use strip away the natural oils produced by the skin, so you need to replenish them. Without a moisturiser, your skin will actually overcompensate and produce extra oil, only exacerbating your problem. Also, be careful not to over-cleanse, as this can stimulate oil production.
Solution: You need a thorough cleanser that won’t dry the skin – natural oils and moisture are essentials.
We love Bioderma Sebium H20 Cleansing Micelle Solution
Skin often becomes oily because it’s dehydrated, so moisturise with an oil-free formulation, like Benefit’s SPF 15 Triple Performing Facial Emulsion
Use a light moisturiser, like Nivea Perfect & Radiant Light Moisturiser, for even, mattified skin.
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Flaky, dehydrated skin can be incredibly uncomfortable – and it’s usually worse in the colder months. Dry skin has a compromised protective barrier that requires very specific care in order to repair it,’ says Imbalie beauty expert Lisa Leibov. ‘It requires both deeply penetrating ingredients to nourish from within, as well as ingredients that seal in the moisture.’
Be careful not to strip your skin of its natural oils, but find a cleanser that doesn’t make your skin feel ‘tight’ after cleansing. You should also up your water intake to hydrate from the inside out.
Solution: Work oils into your regime to give your skin a surge of hydration – try Lipidol Overnight Face oil.
Rehydrate your skin with The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Mist – it’s a great skin pick-me-up.
Use a good exfoliator, like L’Oreal Skin Perfection Radiance Revealing Gentle Exfoliator in order to get rid of those flaky bits and encourage cell turnover.
The majority of us have this skin type; oily T Zone (forehead and nose area), while the rest of the skin is more dry, so you need to strike a balance with a gentle product that cleanses thoroughly without being too harsh on your dry areas.
‘Make sure you keep the pH levels of your skin at an optimum level- which is, in fact, acidic,’ says Lisa. Avoid heavier cleansers as they will overload the oilier parts and block your pores.
Solution: You need something to target areas that need moisture and areas that need oil absorption.
Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser does just that.
Try a clay mask like L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity Mask. It absorbs the oil from your T-zone, while keeping the rest of your skin moist.
Face mists have the skin-boosting powers of a serum but with no oily residue – Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist revitalises skin in seconds.
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This type of skin tends to be hyper-reactive, which can leave it feeling itchy, dry or irritated. It could be due to an allergic reaction, an existing skin condition like eczema, or because of excessive skin damage due to exposure to the elements.
With age, your skin may also become more sensitive, and products that you once swore by either do nothing for, or completely irritate your skin. Incorrect product use, harsh products, and certain medications can also cause sensitive skin. In severe cases, a visit to your dermatologist is advised in order to diagnose the exact cause of the problem.
Solution: Don’t automatically assume that ‘natural’ means gentle – essential oils and herbal extracts can be powerful ingredients so always check that a product’s right for your skin type before buying.
Look for a gentle cleanser packed with soothing ingredients that won’t irritate your reactive complexion, like Environ Gentle Cream Cleanser
To combat the redness that often accompanies sensitive skin, use a green primer or concealer. We love Catrice Camouflage Anti-Red Cream
The sooner you treat the signs of ageing, the better. To avoid or diminish the appearance of wrinkles and lines, you want to keep your skin plump, and the best way to do this is to maintain hydration levels, advises Lisa. ‘Optimising cellular turnover and encouraging the production of healthy collagen and elastin is key.’ Sunscreen needs to be your best friend from early on in order to keep your collagen in the best shape possible, so make this part of your beauty regime (mature skin or not).
You’ll also want to use retinol; it’s renowned for its collagen-boosting effects and is the leader in the fight against ageing. Also look for a mild product that tackles dullness and age spots, brightening your skin, and avoid rich, heavy products – which can contribute towards dullness (unless your skin is particularly dry).
Solution: Try Skinderm Retinol Elixer
While you sleep, boost plumpness and give your skin more elasticity with Eucerin Anti-Age Elasticity + Filler Night Cream and use Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Day Cream SPF 20 to firm up skin and smooth away wrinkles.
And while we’re on the subject of wrinkles, invest in a good eye cream to help reduce the appearance of deep lines, we love Theravine Anti-Wrinkle Eye Serum.