How To Find Your Skin Type [+ the Ringana UK Skin Type Test]
WONDERING HOW TO FIND YOUR SKIN TYPE ?
IN THAT CASE, AT LEAST ONE THE FOLLOWING APPLIES TO YOU:
- You’re struggling to choose cruelty-free skin care products that match your skin type
- You're experiencing an adverse reaction to a product you're using, and looking for alternatives
- Your 'go-to' skin care product is no longer available or has become too pricey
- Your favourite cruelty-free brand has been bought out & you're concerned about their cruelty-free status
Whichever of those resonates with you, when it comes to choosing the perfect cruelty-free skin care products, the first & most essential step is, of course, to determine your skin type...
WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR SKIN TYPE IS PROBABLY WRONG...
As the lovely people over at Paula’s Choice recommend,
“When it comes to finding out your skin type, the first thing you need to do is forget everything you’ve heard before [because] what you’ve been taught is likely incorrect, confusing or designed to simply keep you buying more and more products!”
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE ?
Determining your skin type is the only way to make sure that the products you’re putting on your skin match the amount of moisture your skin holds as well as its level of natural oils.
High-quality vegan skin care products aren’t cheap so you’ll want to make sure that the time & money you do spend on caring for your largest organ gives your skin what it really needs.
Apart from being a waste of money, putting the wrong products on your skin can lead to a range of nasties including (but not limited to):
- Excess oil
- Breakouts & pimples
- Severe dryness
- Using toxin-filled products
- Accelerated ageing
Fortunately the above are all easily avoided by simply knowing how to find your skin type - and applying what you discover.
WHICH FACTORS AFFECT YOUR SKIN TYPE?
Aside from being your body’s largest organ, your skin has a full-time job withstanding everything from environmental factors to the lifestyle choices you make. And while your skin is naturally resilient, the better you care for it, the better it’ll look and feel.
While not an exhaustive list, there are 9 key factors that affect your skin type:
- Age: impacts the amount of moisture your skin can hold
- Weight: affects hormone function, which in turn affects your skin
- Diet: a balanced, unprocessed diet keeps skin, youthful, elastic and plump
- Sun/UV exposure: affects elasticity, particularly if there is sun damage from overexposure
- Environment/pollution: robs the skin of moisture, leaving it dry and pallid
- Time indoors vs outdoors: less direct sunlight means less Vitamin D + dryness from heating/air-conditioning
- Alcohol: a powerful diuretic which often also contains additives & tannins that can dry and irritate the skin
- Smoking: a skin care no-no that causes wrinkles, coarseness, irritation and accelerated ageing
- Exercise: increases blood flow, oxygenates the skin and carries away skin-damaging waste products
WHY SKIN 'TYPE' IS AN ARTIFICIAL DISTINCTION
Your skin is as unique as you are - and that means that categorising your skin into a ‘type’ is always going to be a somewhat artificial distinction. Categorising your skin into a broad type does, however, give you a great start point from which to explore various products and see how your skin reacts to them.
It’s also important to take into account that individual factors from the 9 listed above can lead to your skin presenting a certain way at certain times.
Stopping smoking & drinking, improving your diet and starting to exercise could all have a major impact on your skin type & this should be taken into consideration over time. As your lifestyle & environment changes, so too will your skin’s requirements.
HOW TO FIND YOUR SKIN TYPE: THE 4 'BASIC' SKIN TYPES
The dermatologist-designed Ringana UK Skin Type Test indicates a range within which your skin likely falls - and identifies a set of vegan, cruelty-free skin care products that will most likely be a fit for you.
The four basic skin types are:
Skin Type 1: Oily Skin
Characterised by a greasy feel, enlarged, visible pores, frequent breakouts and a shiny appearance, Type 1 skin requires regular care including gentle washing twice a day. It’s a common misconception that oily skin doesn’t require moisturising but despite its sheen, a caring moisturiser is needed.
Though exhibiting enlarged pores, Type 1 skin does tend to age more slowly than dry/extremely dry skin.
Skin Type 2: Normal/Combination Skin
To complicate matters, Type 2 skin is oily in some places and either normal or dry in other areas. The most common skin type, Type 2 skin requires a combination approach to cater for the needs of both the oily and the dry patches. If you have Type 2 skin you will typically have an oily T-zone (chin, forehead and nose) and drier areas around the eyes and/or cheeks.
Type 2 skin may experience fluctuations and may require ’targeted' treatment in specific areas when breakouts or dry patches occur.
Skin Type 3: Dry Skin
If you experience skin that is visibly dry and flaky and which looks and feels tight (especially after cleansing), you likely have Type 3 skin. This skin type is typically less able to hold moisture and is therefore quicker to exhibit visible signs of ageing such as fine lines and wrinkles. You may find that your skin overcompensates by producing an excess of oil, which in turn leads to breakouts.
Type 3 skin often lacks a natural protective barrier and requires deeply nourishing care products, such as Cream Concentrate 3 which penetrate the skin and provide a protective barrier against environmental factors.
Skin Type 4: Extremely Dry Skin
Taking dryness to the extreme, Type 4 skin tends to feel tight & stretched and is often highly sensitive to environmental factors such as dryness and pollution. The pronounced lack of a natural protective barrier means deep, intensive and frequent moisturising is required to protect against the elements and keep moisture in. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid and the ultra-moisturising amino acid, ectoin, are especially effective for Type 4 skin.
Extremely dry skin has an even greater tendency to overproduce oil, leading to breakouts. These can be avoided by frequently moisturising with a skin-type-specific product like
START YOUR PERFECT ROUTINE BY DISCOVERING YOUR SKIN TYPE
Discovering your skin type is the first step to making an informed choice about the right cruelty-free skin care products your skin is craving. Click the button below to take the dermatologist-designed Ringana Skin Type Test
The Skin Type Test will provide you with insights that will enable you to monitor changes in your skin type over time & help you adjust your skin care routine as your skin’s condition alters over time.