Understanding your skin type is the first step to helping you achieve a more radiant complexion by pinpointing the right beauty products to use, which can make a massive difference to your skin’s overall appearance. To help you determine your skin type, you can do a quick test by cutting out a strip of rice paper or tissue paper and lightly patting it on your face, preferably 30 minutes after you cleanse in the morning. Facial oil will show up as a damp/transparent spot, and indicate the skin types as discussed below.
Normal: The test tissue/paper won’t reveal any traces of oil at all, but your face should still feel supple, hydrated, clear and healthy. This skin type is generally the least problematic, especially if treated with a regular skincare regime. Normal skin types also benefit from the light and breathable nature of powdered mineral foundations when used in conjunction with a gentle cleansing and moisturising routine.
Product recommendation: Keep your skin looking great with Alexami’s Mineral Foundation Powder to allow your skin to breathe while providing all-essential sun protection.
Combination: This is the most common skin type – about 70 percent of women have combination skin! If you generally feel mild dryness around your cheeks and have a slightly oily T zone (the area running from your forehead down to your nose), your skin is a combination of types. On your test paper/tissue you won’t pick up any oil on your cheeks but will notice oily patches coming from those T zone areas. This skin type has medium pores, and if kept in good condition can enjoy a smooth and even texture and healthy tone. To look after combination skin, make sure your dry zones (usually around your eyes and cheeks) are regularly moisturized with creams specifically designed for dry skin, while oily areas (usually around the T zone, nose and forehead) can benefit from more frequent thorough cleansing and a lighter moisturizer. Get the balance right and your skin will thank you for it!
Dry Skin: Your test tissue/paper will be clean, but your face skin will feel a little flaky and dry after you’ve wiped it. Generally if you feel tightness on your face after cleansing and experience roughness and flaking without any oily patches, then your skin is prone to dryness – this indicates a tendency towards fine wrinkles, dullness, flaking and red patches. Make sure you enlist a regular skin care regime to suit dry skin with lots of moisturising treatments and masks. Before any makeup application, make sure you use a quality moisturizer and primer to rehydrate and ‘plump up’ your skin as much as possible. Quality mineral foundation can also assist.
Product recommendation: After moisturising, prepare your skin for makeup with Alexami Mattifying Primer and if your skin is looking dull and tired, brighten your complexion with Alexami Mineral Bronzer
Oily Skin: Oily skin tends to get shiny within a few hours of washing, and can be prone to acne and blackheads. Your test tissue/paper will show oil patches from your cheeks, nose, and/or forehead. Oily skin can look greasy, and big pores and acne can result, but on the flip side people with oily skin tend to look younger longer and their skin isn’t as delicate and prone to wrinkles as other skin types. Regular cleansing can assist, and make sure to cleanse well before any makeup application. Powdered mineral makeup is great for oily skin as it allows skin to breathe without adding an additional oily substances, and setting powder can further assist with blotting out excess oil.
Sensitive Skin: This won’t be picked up by the test paper/tissue, but if your skin tends to be thin and delicate with fine pores, and tends to react badly to skin products, you may have sensitive skin. Also note that all skin types can experience sensitivity too, as for most people it can also be more of a skin condition than skin type (caused by changes in environment, age, exposure to certain products etc.)
Sensitive skin often becomes red and flushed easily, is prone to broken capillaries, is frequently allergic or sensitive to regular beauty products and can be prone to rashing. To look after sensitive skin, seek out products marked as non hypoallergenic, or look for quality natural or organic products devoid of harsh chemical additives. It may take lots of testing to find products that don’t irritate your skin, but a low irritant and good quality mineral foundation power like Alexami’s can do wonders.