Our Beauty Editor Shares Her Tips For Every Skin Type

Joanna Fleming

The world of skincare isn’t simple for everyone. I get it – there’s a lot of different products to choose from, and even more advice swirling around the internet.

So for all of you skincare beginners, this is my little guide to where to start with your skincare (and a few little tips you should follow for your skin type).

1. Avoid products that dry out or strip the skin

Products or ingredients that strip your skin of its natural oils can actually cause your skin to overproduce oil, which can cause dehydration and worsen oiliness.

2. Gently exfoliate

Oily skin can be directly related to congestion, so gentle exfoliation is essential. I’d recommend using an exfoliant like Murad’s AHA/BHA Cleanser which contains ingredients that’ll help regulate oil production & speed up cell turnover for clearer skin.

3. Don’t avoid moisturisers and hydrating products

Skipping a moisturiser isn’t a solution to oily skin. Oily skin can still be dehydrated. Just stick to lightweight moisturisers and serums to restore moisture.

Product Recommendations:

Cleanser: Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser

Serum: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

Moisturiser: Aspect Sheer Hydration Oil Free Moisturiser

Primer: Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Oil Control

Foundation: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup

1. Cater to your zones

You’re dealing with two different skin types on the same face. It’s important to customise your skincare routine to cater to the different zones of your face – not one size fits all with this skin type.

2. Multi-Masking

Use techniques like multi-masking. Multi-masking is where you apply a clay mask for example to your oily T-zone and a hydrating mask to the remainder of your face to keep each area balanced.

3. Know Your Skin Prep

Getting your makeup to sit nicely when you have very combination skin is tricky – prepping and finishing your skin correctly is key. I recommend using a mattifying primer and setting powder through the T-zone, and a hydrating primer over dry areas. Determine your foundation finish according to which concern you lean towards the most.

Product Recommendations:

Cleanser: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser

Serum: Hylamide HA Booster

Moisturiser: SkinCeuticals Daily Moisture

Primer: Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer

Foundation: Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation

1. Support the skin

Dry skin can often indicate an impaired barrier (and an inability to retain moisture in the skin). Support the skin’s natural moisture barrier by replenishing it with hydration in the form of creams, serums and oils.

2. Gently exfoliate

To allow the hydrating ingredients in your skincare to reach the deeper layers of the skin, gently exfoliate the skin to encourage cell renewal and clear the skin’s surface of built up dead skin cells.

3. Go Dewy

Add a facial oil and a rich moisturiser to your skin prep routine prior to makeup application to give your dry, dull skin a dewier, healthier-looking finish. Ensure you’re also using a hydrating primer.

Product Recommendations:

Cleanser: La Roche-Posay Lipikar Replenishing Cleansing Oil

Serum: asap super b complex

Moisturiser: Aspect Phytostat 9

Primer: MAKE UP FOR EVER Hydrating Primer

Foundation: Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation

1. Know Your Irritants

Sensitive skin is unfortunately often a game of trial and error and experimenting with products – familiarise yourself with commonly irritating ingredients and avoid them. You may also notice the same ingredient popping up in products that have irritated your skin.

2. Understand what your skin needs

Sensitive skin can co-exist with other skin types, particularly dry skin. Helps support your skin’s natural barrier which is often impaired with a customised and consistent hydrating routine.

3. Protection is important!

Irritated, barrier-impaired skin is often super sensitive to the sun so above all, make sure you’re wearing SPF daily (I know this is hard for sensitive skin, try physical ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide).

Product Recommendations:

Cleanser: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo Cleanser

Serum: Aveda Tulasara Calm Concentrate

Moisturiser: Avène Skin Recovery Cream

Primer: Inika Pure Primer

Foundation: Youngblood Loose Mineral Foundation


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Joanna Fleming

Joanna Fleming

Beauty IQ Editor
Some of my must-have products at the moment are Kiehl's Crème de Corps, Benefit BADGal BANG! Mascara and M.A.C Cosmetics Strobe Cream.
Joanna Fleming