Finding the right skincare product often becomes overcomplicated if you aren’t looking for the product that’s best for your skin type. Knowing your skin type is key to finding the right product, and here at Mankind, we want you to stop wasting time with products that aren’t right for you. We’ve devised a quick guide to help you determine your skin type and the products you should be using.
To put it simply, your skin type should be the first thing you think of when selecting skincare products. Your skin will fall into one of four types:
If you have an oily skin type, aside from feeling excessively oily, you may also be prone to having large, visible pores, as well as noticeable spots year-round. When looking for cleansers, it’s important that you pick a product which is gentle, and won’t exacerbate clogged pores. With an oily skin type, it’s recommended you avoid washing more than twice a day, but more may be needed if you’ve sweated from heat or exercise. If you’re a regular gym-goer with this skin type, it’s crucial to wash immediately after a workout to keep your skin clear.
At Mankind, we recommend oil-balancing face scrubs. If your skin is prone to shine, a matte face-cream can help to counteract this, while consistent use of face masks will prevent clogged pores. Oil-control products will also help you manage oil secretion throughout the day. When blemishes do flare up, concealer is always an option to minimise the impact. Make sure you match the product to your skin tone, and if shine is an issue, we recommend a concealer with a matte effect.
Take a look at our Editor’s picks for oily skin below.
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Everyone knows the worst effects of dry skin– redness and patchiness, leading to flaking and cracking which worsens in cold weather. However, not everyone with the dry skin type will experience these issues. If your skin has little bounce or elasticity, with pores which are rarely very visible, or if your complexion is dull, you may have a dry skin type. Dryness can be combated by using gentle face cleansers – no more than once a day if possible. Moisturising will be your greatest asset, and face-creams can be applied morning and night, especially before exposure to cold.
Look through our Editor’s top picks for Dry Skin below.
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For many people, aspects of both the oily and dry skin types may be applicable – either at different times of the year, or because of other factors like diet, sleep, and workload. If this sounds like you, you have a combination skin type. As you might expect, the best way to remain in control of the issues which can affect combination skin type is to have the right products at your disposal for when they flare up. Making sure you have the right face creams and scrubs will equip you for oiliness and dryness. In either case, concealer can be used to cover up blemishes.
If you’re one of the lucky portion of people who don’t experience noticeable levels of any of these issues, you have a normal skin type. For you, skincare should be a breeze, as you’re unlikely to encounter problems whichever product you pick. Moisturising face-creams will maintain your skin’s natural good qualities, and when looking for a face scrub or cleanser, you’re free to choose.
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