We’re constantly inundated by products which are meant to treat our skin problems and happen to be specific to our skin type. However, in order to make the most of this information and build a robust beauty routine, it’s important for us to understand the kind of skin we have.
prepare your face by removing traces of makeup

If you’ve been a tad confused about how to identify your skin type and wondering whether you suffer from dry, oily or combination skin, our 3-step guide should help…

Step 1 – Prepare your face

Start by removing any traces of makeup or lotion from your face so that it is bare. Then proceed to wash it with a face wash and dry it. Leave your face for an hour or so, without touching it or applying any products whatsoever. This is carried out in order to emulate the natural state of the skin with its sebum level and surface texture.

Step 2 – Take the tissue test
 

Step 2 – Take the tissue test

Take a single sheet of thin tissue paper and tilt your head back to place the sheet over your face. Press the sheet down on your face gently, leave it in that position for a minute and then remove it from your face.

Step 3 – The tissue tells all

Take a long hard look at the tissue and notice which areas of it have oily patches. On analysing these greasy spots, you can tell what type of skin you have.

If you have dry skin…
 

If you have dry skin…

The tissue will bear no oil spots. Dry skin feels taut, dry and flaky while being prone to wrinkles and peeling. If you have dry skin, we recommend using the Aviance Hydra Balance Skin Perfecting Day crème as its Bio-Energised moisture infused complex will lend your skin with life-giving hydration.

If you have oily skin…
 

If you have oily skin…

The tissue will have oil spots all over the area of the face and especially over the forehead, nose and cheeks. Oily skin feels greasy and is prone to large pores and pimple breakouts.

For this skin type, we recommend the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub as its Walnut shell and Apricot extracts will rid your skin of excessive oiliness and keep it fresh.

If you have normal skin…

The tissue will generally show no signs of oiliness. Normal skin is elastic and firm to touch and has no skin issue connected to it. Lucky you! Keep eating your greens, exercising regularly and treating your skin to a gentle skin care routine.

If you have combination skin…
 

If you have combination skin…

The tissue will show oily patches over your T-zone area and along your chin. Combination skin is the most common type and combines the properties of oily and dry skin. The condition of such skin varies depending on the weather and hormonal issues so for this skin type we recommend the Lakmé Blush and Glow Peach Face Wash. With its fruit extracts and bursting beads, this formula will gently cleanse your skin and keep it glowing.

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