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What is my skin type?

Sam Murton

Posted on August 22 2018

THE INKEY LIST | Whats my Skin type | Key ingredient skin care

We all have a sort of idea of what our skin type might be and hear the words dry, oily, combination and normal used in relation to skin care, but what does it really mean, and how do we give our skin what it needs?

Get it right and your skin glows and compliments flow, get it wrong and skin can look dull, lack hydration or breakout (just when you least need it in my experience).

With this in mind we thought it would be useful to outline a few key steps that might help you feel a bit more confident in your skincare choice share information that you in turn can share with your friends,

So, step one to healthy looking skin is really just understanding what’s going to give you the biggest benefit for your particular concerns.

Here’s quick guide to finding out your skin type.with examples of a few products that will work well for each. That does not mean that other products won’t be suitable at all, just that they may be a preferred choice for your skin type.


Caused by a lack of sebum in the skin and lack of water in the upper layers of the skin.


  • Skin feels tight and dry year-round, this may feel worse after bathing or showering
  • Visible flaking and itching
  • Skin looks tired and in need of a glow
  • May have loss of tone and elasticity
  • Signs of ageing and fine lines may seem more pronounced
  • May have hyperpigmentation (brown spots)



    • Hydrated and nourished skin
    • To combat signs of ageing
    • Smooth, healthy looking skin


      Dry skin is not to be confused with dehydrated skin, a skin condition that can effect all skin types, and one that most of us suffer with. Click here to learn more about Dry Vs Dehydrated skin.

      Tips for dry skin

      • Ensure you are not using a cleanser that could dry you skin and use warm, not hot water
      • Use a chemical exfoliant to ensure that you are gently removing dead skin cells from the surface to avoid build up
      • Wear sunscreen daily
      • Ensure you are hydrating as well as moisturising the skin


        Ideal products for dry skin

        Hyaluronic Acid, Q10, Collagen, Hemp, Squalane, Zinc, Lactic Acid, Rosehip Oil

        Click here for more info on how to use and which order you need to apply.


        Caused by an over production of sebum, which can lead to excel oil on the skin and congested and blocked pores.


        • Visible, excess oil on the skin, often has a sheen
        • Large visible pores on entire face
        • Acne and blemishes acne across the face, including blackheads
        • Post-blemish scars and marks that linger
        • Will break out from heavy oils or pore-clogging ingredients



          • Clearer and smoother skin
          • Reduce pore appearance


            Tips for oily skin

            • The clogging of pores can be exasperated by using the wrong cosmetics, try and look for non-comedogenic make-up
            • Cleanse, but don’t over-do it. Twice a day is enough and any more can lead to irritation
            • Dead skin on the surface can make pore appear larger, chemical exfoliation can help with pore appearance
            • Don’t be afraid of oils, non-comedogenic oils can actually help regulate oil production


              Ideal products for oily skin

              Hyaluronic Acid, Q10, Vitamin C, Alpha Hydroxy, Retinol 

              Click here for more info on how to use and which order you need to apply.


              When your skin can’t make its mind up. The T-zone down the centre of the face, is generally oily and the cheeks are normal or dry.


              • Produces excess oil in the T-zone (nose, forehead, chin) which can be worse in summer
              • Skin can feel tight or dry during the winter
              • Enlarged pores, mostly in t-zone, including blackheads
              • Skin may look tired, in need of a glow
              • May have hyperpigmentation (brown spots)
              • Signs of ageing and loss of tone



                • Hydration without pore-clogging ingredients
                • Smooth healthy and smooth
                • To target signs of ageing



                  • Depending on how dry some parts of your face are and oily other are, there is no problem with applying different products to different parts of your face sometimes.
                  • Using the right chemical exfoliator can help remove dead skin from dry areas and unclog pores in oilier areas
                  • Some non-comedogenic oils such as rosehip can help nourish dry areas and help regulate oil production


                    Ideal products for combination skin

                    Kaolin Mask, Hyaluronic Acid, Caffeine, Q10, Vitamin C, Squalane, Zinc, Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid, Retinol, Rosehip oil

                    Click here for more info on how to use and which order you need to apply.


                    You lucky thing. Well balanced skin that is not too oily or too dry. May experience mild oiliness or dryness seasonally.


                    • Fine, small pores
                    • Smooth skin texture
                    • No blemishes



                      • To maintain healthy looking skin
                      • Have a glow to skin
                      • Combat signs of ageing


                        Tips for normal skin

                        • Ensure that you skin maintains hydration
                        • Exfoliate to keep skin smooth
                        • Use products that are preventative, such as antioxidants to protect the skin against environmental stress and skin damage
                        • Always wear sunscreen


                          Ideal products for normal skin

                          Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Lactic Acid, Squalane, Zinc

                          Click here for more info on how to use and which order you need to apply.


                          Hopefully this roundup has helped a bit and you have a better idea of your skin type. Click here if you want to see THE INKEY LIST range in full. 

                          If you have any questions click here to ask@theinkeylist .



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