Having the right skincare routine in place may be difficult for many, as there are thousands of products out there that promise the perfect skin. You might have tried countless cleansers, creams, and exfoliators before finding which ones are the right fit. If you’re still scouring shelves and websites trying to find your holy grail, you might be missing the first step: knowing what your skin type is.
It definitely pays to know your skin type because it determines which products you should be using. Not only does this knowledge save your skin from unnecessary issues, but it will also save you money from buying all the wrong products that do more harm than good.
So here’s a quick lowdown on the different skin types and which products are suitable for each.
If you have a dull complexion, almost invisible pores, and more visible lines, you probably have dry skin.
Dr. Elena Poulos, a dermatologist in Toronto, explains that you may feel “very obviously tight” if you don’t moisturize within an hour or two after washing your face.
“The skin around their eyes and mouth would be feeling very tight and uncomfortable without the use of a moisturizer,” she said.
Dermatologists suggest using products with sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin without adding oil. We like the Vitage Revitalising Daily Cleanse, an antioxidant-rich cleanser that replenishes essential moisture and strengthens the skin’s barrier. But if you like a more intensive option, we suggest the Vitage Hydrating Mask. It’s an overnight treatment that contains green seaweed extract, aloe juice, and seed oils to transform and smooth the skin.
Enlarged pores, blackheads, blemishes, and a shiny, thick complexion are the usual indicators that you have oily skin. Another thing you might be experiencing is that “your makeup doesn’t stay on as well as you’d like it to, and you use blotting papers regularly,” says Dr. Hadley King, a New-York based dermatologist.
King suggests using products with salicylic acid (like the Vitage CO2 Micropeel) for oily skin. Salicylic acid gets rid of excess sebum since it “can penetrate into the pore because it’s oil soluble.”
Contrary to popular belief that acne is more of a teen issue, it actually affects people of all ages, says Dr. Poulos. Acne-prone skin is usually characterized by clogged pores and regular breakouts. Thicker oil gets trapped below the follicle, causing congestion and pimples.
Like oily skin, salicylic acid is the ingredient to look for in the products you buy. We recommend this repair serum from Vitage which is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin. It reduces blemishes, unblocks pores, and calms redness. It also controls excess oil production while gently exfoliating the skin.
According to Heyday facialist Jenna Walsh, “The way that you know if you have sensitive skin is by asking three questions, known as the atopic triad,” she said via email. “They are 1) Do you have hay fever or seasonal allergies? 2) Do you experience eczema? 3) Do you have asthma?”
If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions, you probably have sensitive skin. Redness, itching, burning, and dryness are also common indicators of this skin type. Plus, you may experience irritations if you apply harsh and aggravating products to your skin.
Because of this, taking extra care when choosing products is a must. This aloe gel is equipped with the most gentle and soothing ingredients to calm stressed and irritated skin. People with a sensitive skin type must also keep themselves armed with sun protection of at least SPF 30, like in the Vitage Skin Defence sun protector.
Many people actually have this skin type – normal or dry in most parts while oily in other areas like the T-zone. It can also be a combination of other skin types such as acne-prone and dry, or dry and sensitive. It can be a little tricky to know which product is suitable but don’t be afraid to spot treat. For instance, you can use your regular moisturizer for your dry skin, then apply a different treatment to areas where you have pimples.
We recommend this moisturizer-slash-serum which hydrates and revitalizes skin with multi-function antioxidants and advanced vitamin technology. It’s suitable for all skin types so you don’t have to worry about getting pesky breakouts.
You have normal skin if you have no severe sensitivity to most skincare products and you don’t experience excessive skin conditions. If you don’t break out much and your skin feels neutral, then you most likely have this skin type.
Since your skin usually responds well with most products, you don’t have to change anything in your skincare routine as long as you feel you’re getting good results. A great moisturizer is always a staple, and we like the Vitage Advanced Moisture Boost which is ideal for daily use. Suitable for all skin types and ages, it brightens, soothes, and protects the skin.