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Discover Your Skincare Type

What is my skin type?

If you want to define what type of skin you have in order to perfect your skincare regime, we want to help you define your complexion so that you can find products that help your skin. Whether you think you fit into the category of oily or combination skin, we will define what each skin category means and how you can keep your skin looking healthy and glowing.

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, it can feel debilitating and often leave you feeling self-conscious. You will see flakes on the surface of your skin, and sometimes this can cause sore patches and irritation. Often, if you are susceptible to dry skin, your face will feel very tight and constricted. Suffering from dry skin also makes your skin more sensitive, meaning you will need to be careful choosing fragranced products over non-fragranced.

How to Diagnose Dry Skin

Identifying whether or not you have dry skin will help you find the perfect solution which will become part and parcel of your skincare routine. With dry skin, you will often find flaky and cracked areas of the skin. Often, if you are moving between varied temperatures, your skin will become dry and patchy. Keeping on top of moisturising is imperative with dry skin, allowing your body to soak in the nutrients and essential oils.

Dry skin checklist:

• Flaky and dead skin
• A feeling of tightness
• Splits in the skin
• Redness or inflammation

How to Care for Dry Skin

• Try to reduce the number of baths you are running, as this will dry out your skin even further and cause cracks and soreness that can take a long time to calm.
• Use a cleanser in both the morning and evening, this will remove any dead skin, which may cause your skin to feel sore. It will also discard any surface dirt which has built up overnight or throughout the day.
• Apply a moisturiser immediately after you have washed your skin. You must make sure that you are drying your skin properly as any remaining water can dry out the skin further.
• Avoid fragranced and scented products, as these can dry out your skin further and cause aggravation.

Normal Skin

If you have normal skin, you’ll find that your complexion is neither oily nor dry. Your skin will be of a smooth texture with minimal breakouts or dry patches. Normal skin is a happy medium and tends to be much less sensitive to that of oily and dry skin.

How to Diagnose Normal Skin

For the fortunate, normal skin will be relatively balanced and unproblematic, but shouldn’t be forgotten about. Using a moisturiser and cleanser will prevent your skin from becoming dry and help prevent breakouts.

Normal skin checklist:

• Minimal breakouts
• Tight pores that don’t block easily
• Elasticity

How to Care for Normal Skin

• With normal skin, you must make sure that you are consistent with your skincare regime to avoid upsetting your skin’s PH.
• Making sure that you are wearing SPF is important for all skin types and should be considered in moisturisers as well as using sun cream.
• Exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising are just as important for normal skin– ensuring that you are keeping your skin clean to avoid any out of character breakouts.

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, you will be more inclined to suffer from spot breakouts. This is due to an excess in oil production which in turn can block up your pores. The T-zone area of your skin is more inclined to suffer from an overproduction of oil. People with oily skin will often find that their skin is more sensitive to certain treatments, and it is, therefore, important to be informed when purchasing products to help reduce oily skin.

How to Diagnose Oily Skin

If you suffer from oily skin, you’re more likely to experience unwanted breakouts and blackheads. Knowing how to handle your skin will help you find a happy medium in which you’re able to control your skin’s composition and be proactive instead of reactive. Cleansers are perfect for oily skin as it ensures any surface dirt or bacteria is washed away before it has a chance to manifest into acne.

Oily skin checklist:

• Shiny T-Zone
• Breakouts
• Blocked or enlarged pores

How to Care for Oily Skin

• Use a cleanser to remove dirt and grime from the surface of your skin, as this will help avoid blackheads and acne clusters. Doing this morning and night will help to regulate your skin.
• Moisturise immediately after using your cleanser; do not apply any before. Repeat this morning and night to get your skin into a routine.
• Use an exfoliator when you feel your skin needs to remove dead skin which may cause blockages in your pores.
• Oily skin tends to be more sensitive, and therefore we advise that you avoid fragranced products that can cause further irritation to the surface of your skin.

Combination Skin

Combination skin often manifests itself in both dry and oily areas of the skin. More often than not, you will find the oily complexion around the T-zone, and dry patches will appear on the cheeks.

How to Diagnose Combination Skin

Combination skin tends to showcase a more oily complexion across the T-Zone and dry skin around the cheek area. Moisturise with an oil-free product, as this way, you can target both skin-types.

Combination skin checklist:

• Oil buildup around the T-zone area
• Dry and flaky skin appearing around the cheeks and chin
• A feeling of both tightness and greasiness

How to Care for Combination Skin

• Use a gentle cleanser to eradicate any surface dirt or dead skin which may lead to blocked pores. Focus in particular on your T-Zone as this is where combination skin will suffer from excess oil.
• Exfoliate, particularly your cheeks as this is the area in which you are more likely to find dry skin.
• Make sure you moisturise all of your skin to create an even texture and to give your skin an added glow.

Which Skincare Products are Right for Your Skin?

Finding a skincare regime that works for you is the first step to conquering clear skin. Whether you’ve suffered from dry patches or angry spot clusters, it’s important you find a routine that helps you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin.

If you suffer from oily, dry or combination skin, or any other skin type or condition such as eczema or sensitive skin, head over to our skincare departments to browse our full range of products.

Skincare DIY Hacks to Avoid

It can be tempting to take matters into your own hands when you can’t seem to find the right skincare routine for you. However, we do not advise this, and it can often cause more problems down the line.

If you ever read up on Do it Yourself skincare, be sure to avoid:

Using toothpaste: toothpaste will kill germs on the surface of your skin, but when placed on a spot can cause severe dryness which can encourage breakages to the skin. Toothpaste may also bring out a rash which you’re unfamiliar with as it uses ingredients unsuitable for swollen and aggravated skin.

Lemon juice: lemon juice shouldn’t be used on your skin as it may encourage dark spots on your skin if you have been out in the sun. It is also highly acidic, which can burn your skin and cause further irritation.

Baking soda: avoid using baking soda as the PH level will upset your own skin’s PH and potentially cause a rash

There are more hacks that are out there, and you may see some celebrities swear by them, but you don’t want to risk causing more damage to your skin. If you are struggling with your skin – it’s important that you speak to a professional or find an approved solution from us here at Beauty Base.

Skincare Hacks to Adopt

Although there are DIY skincare hacks to avoid, there are also ways to keep your skin looking flawless, which you should be weaving into your routine.

Drinking water: drinking water will help to flush out any impurities in your skin and will help to reduce dark circles under your eyes.

Using SPF: SPF can be found in many moisturisers, so this should be something you look out for. You should also apply suncream before leaving the house to protect your skin from harmful sun rays.

Moisturising: everybody should moisturise after washing their face to make sure you’re sticking to a routine.

Using cleanser: cleansers will eradicate any dirt or surface grime that your skin has picked up during the day or from wearing makeup.

These are simple yet effective ways to keep on top of your skin routine, making sure you follow these every day will help to keep your skin healthy.

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