Find Your Skin Type

How much do you really know about your skin? To get the best results from your skincare products, it’€™s important to understand the basics. We’€™ve included some handy skin tips to increase your €œBeauty IQ€“ – knowledge is power!



What’€™s Your Skin Type?

There are four basic skin types, depending on how much oil (€œsebum€) your skin produces: oily, combination, normal, and dry. You might think you know which one you are  but have you got it right? Read on!


Skin is producing just the right amount of oil

Neither oily nor dry.
Has small pores.

May also:

Get a little shiny on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) towards late afternoon.
Occasionally be little dry on the cheeks.
Have the occasional pimple or blackhead.

Products suitable for normal skin:



Dermalogica Microfoliant     SK-II Facial Treatment Essence     Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser



Skin is not producing enough oil

Never gets shiny – has a matte appearance all over.
Has very small or invisible pores.

May also:

Be slightly flaky.
Feel tight or uncomfortable.
Be prone to fine, crepey lines.

Products suitable for dry skin:


Skinceuticals Gentle Cleanser       Aspect SMC           asap super b complex



Skin is producing different amounts of oil in different areas

Develops an oily or shiny appearance on the T-zone by early afternoon.
Does not get shiny all over.

May also:

Have visible pores on the T-zone.
Be prone to breakouts, pimples and blackheads.
Occasionally get slightly dry on the cheeks.

Products suitable for combination skin:


Medik8 Hydr8 B5    asap Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser    Alpha-H Liquid Gold



Skin is producing too much oil

Has an oily or shiny appearance by midday, all over the face.

May also:

Have large visible pores.
Be prone to breakouts, pimples and blackheads.

Products suitable for Oily skin:


 Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF   Bioderma Sebium H20   La Roche-Posay Serozinc



Your skin type can and will change throughout your life, depending on what climate you live in, how old you are, hormonal changes, etc. You need to constantly re-assess your skin’s needs. Every skin is different. We narrow things down to four basic types, because it makes it easier for you to get an idea of what products may be suitable for you. However, if you feel that you don’t quite fit into any of the types shown here, contact us for more help!


In addition to your basic skin type, you may also have a temporary or ongoing skin condition, that can make your skin look or behave a little bit differently.

Dehydrated Skin

This means your skin is lacking water. This can be as a result of a number of factors, and can affect any skin type, even oily skin. Symptoms of dehydrated skin include:

Fine, crepey lines on the surface of the skin
A dull complexion

Sensitive Skin

Everybody’s skin has the potential to become “sensitive”, although some people experience ongoing symptoms of sensitivity. Characteristics of sensitivity include:

Tendency to redden easily
Prone to reactions from various products
Stinging or uncomfortable sensations, particularly after cleansing
Prone to rashes and irritations
Burns easily with sun exposure

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