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How To Figure Out Your Skin Type.

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When creating the perfect skin routine that uniquely suits you, the most important factor to consider is your skin type. If you're a bit lost in terms of which skin type category you fall under, don't worry - most people are. Skin Virtue is here to help point you in the right direction so that you're using the correct products for your skin.

For this blog, Skin Virtue Founder and Skincare expert, Nina Gajic has shared her advice on how to best figure out each individual's skin type. Now you can find the best skincare routine for your skin’s ‘personality’. Here it is… the ultimate guide to discovering your real skin type.

What are skin types?

Every person’s skin is unique, and that's a fact. But even though everyone's skin is unique there are still a few common skin concerns many of us share. Often these are what help us to identify what kind of category your skin falls into. Most of us have heard about the common skin types such as normal, combination, oily, dry and sensitive. It’s usually slapped all over skincare packaging - don't worry we know it can get a little confusing.

The phrase ‘normal skin’ is thrown around a lot, but experts not only say that ‘normal skin’ is rare, but it doesn’t technically exist at all. When we spoke to Nina Gajic about this, she said, “In our experience, there is no true normal skin!”.

To try and minimise the confusion we have decided to break down the definitive signs of our most common skin types to make finding the right skincare products easier for you:

1. Normal skin.

When it comes to ‘normal skin’, or what is considered ‘normal skin’, Gajic explains this is usually characterised as skin that is well-balanced and more resilient. Normal skin can still come with its downsides. Gajic says it can often become dry, especially when not adequately nourished which can often lead to premature skin ageing. Skin Virtue has some amazing products for those experiencing the first signs of ageing and one of our favourites is the Future Advanced Multi-Active.

2. Combination skin

Combination skin, or what is considered to be combination skin is in most cases oily and dehydrated skin that needs more nourishment and hydration. Combination skin is usually a case of an oilier skin type that has been over-treated with harsh active ingredients or over washed, which in turn has stripped and compromised the skin barrier resulting in dehydration. This leaves the skin feeling parched in certain areas and oily in others - hello combination skin! So if you have a history of oily skin in the past, your previous skincare routine may have contributed to the current climate of your skin, so it might be time to try some products from our collections and we love the Future Advanced Radiance Serum in particular for this!

3. Oily skin

If your skin gets progressively shinier as the day goes on and you’re prone to breakouts and enlarged pores – you might be the proud owner of oily skin. According to Gajic, oily skin types often have overactive sebaceous glands that overproduce sebum but the degree of oiliness and severity varies between individuals. Gajic believes the best way to treat oily skin is to incorporate products with ingredients that regulate oil production. Gajic suggests gentle and non-drying skincare products (that also keep combination skin at bay) with purifying and clarifying properties. Our first recommendation for this skin type would be our Super Clear Essential Cream.

4. Dry skin

If you experience tight skin and Rough patches, then you likely have dry skin. Gajic describes dry skin as having underactive sebaceous glands that don't produce enough sebum to protect and hydrate the skin. Drier skin types are usually characterised by a lack of moisture in the epidermis and an inability to retain moisture. Skin can feel dry to the touch and have a dull, rough, and scaly appearance. This type of skin means you can often feel uncomfortable.

If this sounds familiar, the best way to treat dry skin is to include “high-quality lipids that help to strengthen the skin barrier function”, meaning products like oils, which will help keep your skin holding onto hydration. For this skin type, we recommend you bulk up on moisture-boosting products like our Pure Nourish Moisturising Cream and steer clear of specific products that can lead to dryness.

5. Sensitive skin

While sensitive skin is not technically considered a skin type, it is a concern that any skin type can experience, so it’s worth knowing some of the common signs. Gajic describes sensitive skin as, “Compromised, highly sensitised and reactive skin that is unable to protect itself from irritants.”

Sensitive skin is often caused by prolonged use of harsh ingredients that have stripped the skin barrier and aggravated the skin or by direct contact with an irritating substance, leading to an allergic or adverse reaction. If this sounds like you, then gentle products that soothe and strengthen the skin are suggested.

Still not sure what skin type you are?

If you're still a little unsure what skin type category you fall into there are a few more steps you can follow to help determine this. Speaking with a dermatologist is a great way to learn more about your skin from a qualified professional. You can try the blotting paper method to find out your skin type by gently dabbing blotting paper onto clean skin, we can determine your skin type based on the amount of residue on the paper. Little to no oil indicates dry skin, if your paper is super shiny that suggests oily skin and if you're oily in certain parts of your face, and dry in some, you’ve likely got a combination of both. Your skin can change over time with what you eat or due to hormone changes as well, so another good way to learn about your skin is by keeping a skin diary to log your skin and examine the fluctuations your skin has over time. How do I know which products are right for my skin type?

Your skin type is genetically determined, therefore, you are born with it and it relates to how much sebum your sebaceous glands produce.

Now that you’ve figured out your skin type, you only need to select a skincare routine that’s going to help tackle your common skin concerns. Skin Virtue makes this easy with our skincare collection designed for each skin type. Nina Gajic has developed an approach to identifying skin types and simply finding the correct products to use. Skin Virtue has three collections developed to address your skin concerns based on your skin type:

Balanced to dry skin - Pure Nourish Collection

Balanced to oily skin - Super Clear Collection

Skin concerns for all skin types - Future Advanced Treatment Collection

Creating The Perfect Skin Care Routine Finding the perfect skincare routine for your unique skin doesn't need to be complicated. Based on your skin type you'll be able to determine which collection is best for you. Using our routine builder you'll be able to build your personalised clinic tested skincare routine. Our routine builder is built by experts to easily give you the best advice and make your skincare journey simple. The routine builder will give you a step by step process to follow using the right products for you.

Skin Virtue has worked hard to develop something to suit all types of skin and make your experience discovering your perfect skincare routine easy. Shop our entire range via our website to purchase individual products based on your needs or a complete bundle!

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By Gary Williams, Bio