What’s your skin type?

Your skin has its own personality and catering to its specific needs is important if you want to keep it looking and feeling healthy well into your old age. Settling on your skin type can help you to assess which variety of skincare products you should regularly be applying (and which ones you should avoid) to protect and invest in your complexion for the long term.

For example, if you suffer with dry skin then rich moisturisers, oils and serums can help to nourish and hydrate your parched skin to stop it feeling tight and uncomfortable. In fact, layering up moisturising products creates a protective sheen on the skin that lasts longer than relying on a single rich emollient.

For others with oily skin, serums and sprays can feel like a no no. Weekly face masks that unclog the pores and draw out impurities can work far better with their skin, helping to combat acne and unsightly blemishes.

Mature skin does well with products that are bursting with anti-ageing essentials, such as Vitamin C which protects the skin from sun damage, retinoids that reduce fine line and wrinkles and AHAs that brighten and lift dullness. Sensitive skin types however, often need simpler, fragrance-free skincare options with natural ingredients that don’t exacerbate their sensitivity and work to reduce stinging and redness.

Your skin type can change with the seasons and over the years too. Puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause can all affect the texture of your skin due to hormone fluctuations. It’s important to reassess your skin type often and adapt your skincare routine to suit your needs so you’re always working with the unique characteristics of your complexion rather than against them.