"Different types of skin need different things. Here’s how to figure out what kind of skin you have."
The term “skin types” gets thrown around all the time, but it’s kind of like talking bra size: You may think you know what it is, but you probably aren’t entirely correct. That’s exactly why at Skinsei we developed our unique tool to help figure out not only your skin type, but also the exact right products for you. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘what’s my skin type?’ consider the below a helpful cheat sheet, breaking down the four most common different skin types, plus helpful product picks for each.
If your complexion is perpetually shiny (and not in that pretty, highlighter-y kind of way), this is most likely where you fall. Oily skin is also often lumped into acne-prone skin, and for good reason; p. acnes bacteria feed off of oil, so if you have oilier skin, there’s more stuff for those bacteria to eat (sorry, gross but true). This can lead to, you guessed it, more breakouts. And we’re not just talking inflamed, red pimples, but also other imperfections such as blackheads and whiteheads, since excess oil is one of the major pore-clogging culprits responsible for all of these. It’s a fine line product-wise, because, while you do want to remove excess oil, you don’t want to entirely strip your skin of all of its natural oil. That means picking the right types of products in every category is super important. As far as cleansers go, gel or foaming formulas are your BFF, helping to effectively remove that excess oil off the surface of the skin. Yes, you still need to use moisturizer, but look for lighter options. Gel formulas are especially good for you; rather than using heavier occlusive ingredients that sit on top of the skin and have a higher likelihood of clogging pores, they use humectants such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid to pull moisture to the skin. Our go to: Among many options in our product portfolio, we love the fast-absorbing, skin-softening, radiance-boosting Skinsei Cool on Cue Hydro Gel formulas. You can also look for masks that have detoxifying or purifying ingredients—charcoal, clay—to help further remove excess oil.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, dry skin often looks—and feels—parched and tight. If you slather on moisturizer, and then seconds later feel like you didn’t even put any on, this may be you. Just as oily skin types can benefit from lightening up every step of their regimen, you can benefit from switching to heavier products so that you’re constantly upping the hydration level. Cleansers are especially important; the creamier the better, so opt for cleansing oils or balms, like the Skinsei Total Meltdown Cleansing Balm, which starts off as a silky oil and transforms into a creamy cleanser when you add water. Moisturizer wise, the same rule applies—the thicker the better. One easy guideline to follow? Seek out moisturizers that come in jars rather than bottles; they’re generally more hydrating. Layering in moisture every step of your routine is also a good move, which means choosing hydrating formulas for all of your treatment products, too. That means serums and masks tailored especially for dry skin—scan the ingredient list and look for hyaluronic acid, which packs immediate hydration, along with emollient ingredients, such as shea butter, to lock that hydration in.
Ah, the tricky kind. You may either fall somewhere in between the oily and dry skin types, or maybe you have some areas on your face that skew greasy, or some that easily start to flake. Combination skin can pose a tricky conundrum, so you really have to address your skin based on how it feels daily, since it can vary greatly, especially based on season. This may mean using gel cleanser, but following that with a thicker moisturizer, or vice versa˳ The Skinsei Opening Act Lotion hits a nice balance when it comes to moisture, instantly hydrating the skin, but not so much that it looks greasy. The key: Oil-free hydrating ingredients, like glycerin, that deliver moisture but still feel lightweight. Or, it may require using different types of formulations on different areas of your face. As a general rule, your T-zone — across the forehead, down the center of your face, and across your chin — will always be oilier, since there are more oil glands in this area (it’s also why pimples tend to crop up here). A little extra exfoliation along this area is one easy way to help keep pores clea. You may also notice that your oily spots tend to get oilier throughout the day. For this, blotting papers are your BFF (press them gently across your skin, rather than wiping them, to keep your makeup in place). Another great option? Face mists, especially post-workout. Wash your face to get rid of any excess oil and sweat, then opt for a hydrating face mist in lieu of applying moisturizer. Your skin will look—and feel—refreshed, without adding back any unwanted oil.
Constantly dealing with red, irritated, itchy skin? Yep, you may have sensitive skin. And here’s the thing—it’s not necessarily the same kind of skin type, as these others, but more of a skin condition. Sensitivity can affect anyone and everyone, regardless of the type of skin you have. (Those with dry skin are often more prone to these issues; since dry skin has more of a compromised skin barrier, it ups the likelihoods for irritants to get in. More on how that relates to sensitivity in a minute).
Typically, sensitivity is caused by some kind of trigger, be that a particular ingredient, or even something as simple as the weather. (Ever notice that your skin gets more easily irritated during the cold, dry winter?) Figuring out what is triggering your complexion can be tough, so your best bet is to help keep your skin strong and healthy. Specifically, that means looking for products and ingredients that help promote a healthy skin microbiome. This thin layer of microorganisms is imperative for keeping it strong and more resilient to all of those potential triggers that may be causing that unwanted irritation. (Happily, the entire Skinsei line was created with ingredients that help promote a healthy and balanced skin microbiome, so you’re good to go there). That being said, irritation still happens, which is why you also want to stock up on calming products - anything that will soothe your skin and give it some relief. Our pick: The Skinsei Mad Deep Clay Face Mask, a pH balanced formula that uses soothing pink clay to help flush out potential triggers from your skin, and also happens to regulate sebum production, too. And if you’re ever in need of a really fast fix, you can always try keeping any of your serums, moisturizer, or essences in the fridge; cool temperatures will almost instantly help to constrict the dilated blood vessels that make your skin look red and flushed when it’s irritated or stressed out.
Still not sure about what is your skin type or what would be the best products for your daily routine? We got you! Our holistic diagnostic tool does the hard work for you. Not only does it take into account your skin type, it also looks at a whole host of other factors that can play a role in how your skin looks and behaves. We’re talking everything from what you eat to where you live to how often you work out to how stressed you are. (FYI, did you know stress is a prime trigger for sensitive skin?). Because ultimately it’s ALL of these things that interact and affect your complexion.