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The ins and outs of skin types

By Emma Lombard, beauty teacher

If you suffer from flaky skin, breakouts or redness, beauty teacher Emma is here to help you take control of your skin care routine. 

It’s really important to know your skin type before you choose products to clean your skin. There are four basic skin types: oily, dry, combination, and normal.

So, how do you know if you have oily skin? When you wake up and by mid-morning at around 10 o’clock, you will see shininess on your face and it will feel oily. You may also have large pores, some breakouts and perhaps some unevenness in your skin tone.

On the other hand, dry skin will be dry when you touch it and it may feel tight. Your pores will be small and you might have some redness because your skin may tend to be a little sensitive. In severe dry skin cases,  you may suffer from scaly patches or flaking.

If you have combination skin then you have a mixture of skin types on your face. To work out if you have combination skin, you will have a little bit of oiliness on your t-zone and dryness on your checks. Your t-zone consists of your forehead, nose and chin and forms a letter T if you were to draw on your face. Combination skin types may have a mixture of large and small pores.

The last skin type is normal skin. This skin looks and feels perfect with no signs of excess oiliness or dryness. If you have normal skin your pores will be small and your tone will be even.

Looking after your skin is important. By knowing your skin type you will be able to pick the right products that target oily, dry, combination and normal skin.

Here are the items I recommend you include in your skin care routine:

  • Eye makeup remover 
  • Cleanser
  • Toner
  • Exfoliation product
  • Mask
  • Eye cream, gel or serum 
  • Face moisturiser
  • Sunscreen

Want to find out more? Watch my step-by-step skin care at home routine.


Watch Emma's skin care routine.