Knowing my skin type

Skin is commonly categorized into 5 skin types;

5 skin types

Having a good understanding of your skin type is vital when it comes to choosing the right products to care for and heal your skin. When products are designed to heal one skin type are used on a different skin type, the effects can either be non-existent or conversely, cause an adverse reaction.

The good news though, all of our products are designed with natural ingredients and can be safely used on all skin types (including sensitive skin).  Furthermore, unlike many cosmeceuticals, they have been designed to treat and be effective on all skin types.  

Normal Skin

"Normal Skin" is a term widely used to refer to skin that is well balanced.  People with normal skin rarely experience oiliness or dryness.  When skin concerns do arise they are generally easy and quick to treat.  Those with normal skin tend to have small pores, exhibit few lines and wrinkles, little to no blemishes, an even skin tone and lack excess shine. People with normal skin require products to help them maintain their skin health and protect is against external environmental factors.

Dry Skin

People with dry skin produce less oil (or sebum) than normal skin, making it appear tight, rough and flaky and feel itchy and irritated.  People with dry skin maybe more inclined to experience wrinkles.  Those with dry skin find it difficult to retain moisture and very often the deeper layers of the skin are moisture depleted.  The skin is often vulnerable to external environmental elements because it can not build an effective shelf to protect it.  People with dry skin require deeply nourishing products that both moisturise, prevent water loss and preserve the skin.

Oily Skin

People with oily skin over produce oil (or sebum).  Because of this, they have a tendency to experience grease or shine on their face, have large pores, visible blackheads and whiteheads and be prone to hard to treat breakouts.  Acne on oily skin often looks red, shiny, blemished and inflamed.  People with oily skin require products that balance oil products and prevent breakouts.

This image gives you an understanding of the key differences between oily and dry skin, both on and under the first layer of skin;

understanding oily and dry skin

Combination Skin

Combination Skin features more than one different skin type (for example both oily and dry skin maybe present in different areas of the face) Very often those with combination skin experience different skin challenges in their t-zone then they do on their cheeks and around their eyes (for example have an oily t-zone and a dry cheek/eye area).  People with combination skin require products that balance the production of oil and bring it into harmony 

Sensitive Skin

Those with sensitive skin often experience irritation, inflammation and redness.  Their skin maybe more sensitive to products and environmental conditions than those with other skin types.  People with sensitive skin generally respond well to natural skincare products, as opposed to cosmeceuticals which can contain harsh ingredients.  They require products which are gentle, calming and protective.