We all know that the number of products and skincare routines on the shelves can be quite overwhelming but knowing your skin type will make it a lot easier to find the right products for your needs.
The easiest way to test your skintype is to wash your face in lukewarm water with a gentle cleanser.
Assess your skin after a few hours – is it dry or oily?
Be aware that your skin type can change during the year, to be sensitive in winter and oily in summer. It is, therefore, a good idea to be attentive to your skin and how it reacts to the seasonal changes. IVY AÏA can suit all your basic needs for a simple skincare routine, as well as expand your routine with a few extras.
Dry skin is sensitive, dull and “tight” after cleansing. Often you will have itchy and flaky skin, and you will experience that your makeup will build up and look flaky. Some experience that their skin becomes drier in transitional seasons. Go after products that hydrates, soften and protects.
Sensitive skin is red, dry and with a tendency to itch and flake. The skin will feel irritated, painful and flushed as if you had an allergic reaction of sorts. Go after products that calm down and hydrates your skin, and products that do not contain any perfumes.
Normal / combination skin
Normal / combination skin will during the day develop an oily t-zone (forehead, nose and chin), and you are prone to spots in this area where the cheeks often are more normal or dry. It is important to avoid drying out your skin if you can characterize your skin as normal/combination. Instead, focus on exfoliating and hydrating the skin to achieve balance.
Oily / spot prone skin
Oily / spot prone skin can be characterized by either the face or the t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) is oily, and that you are prone to spots and blackheads. It is a good idea to avoid products with oils, but still to make sure to hydrate the skin to calm it down.
Mature skin is not a skin type as such but with ageing, you will often need more hydration to keep your skin in balance. Mature skin can be characterized by the appearance of fine lines, less elasticity in the skin and changes in pigmentation. You skin might change characteristic from dry to oily, or the other way around, and have enlarged pores. It is a good idea to use products that regenerate skin cells and add moisture.