The Importance of Knowing your Skin Type

You may not think about it often, but your skin is one of the most important parts of your body. It affects your overall health and well-being in life because it forms the body’s first barrier against bacteria and viruses.

You have to know your skin type if you want to properly care for your health and put your best face forward.

Let’s explain why…

Why You Need to Know Your Skin Type

Different skin types need different things to stay looking fresh and healthy. And whilst there is a wide variety of products and treatments available on the market, not all of them are going to work best for you.

If you want to create the perfect skin-care regime, you’ll need to know your skin type so you can give it the care and attention it needs by using the right kinds of products.

The different skin types are:

  • Normal
  • Dry
  • Oily
  • Combination

Your Skin Type Will Determine Your Daily Skin-Care Routine

How often you should wash your face, exfoliate, and moisturise will all depend on your skin type. So too will the products you use. So, instead of just taking a guess at which category your skin falls into, figure out your skin type so you know for sure.

Here are a few features of each skin care type to help you determine where you fall:

Normal Skin

  • Smooth with no blemishes
  • Usually has small pores, difficult to see
  • Even tone


  • Rough patches
  • Flaking where skin is dry
  • Very small pores
  • Less elasticity


  • Large pores
  • Blemishes
  • Shiny complexion


  • Patches of oily and dry skin
  • Characteristics of either oily or dry skin

Once you’ve figured out your skin type, you can figure out what products you need to use to keep it in the best condition possible. There’s more than products, however, when it comes to the importance of knowing your skin type.

It can also affect your diet and food that you should or should not be consuming.

Skin Type and Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet is the foundation for maintaining a healthy mind and body, with the skin being no exception. Knowing your skin type means you can solve some complexion issues just by changing what you eat. For instance, oily skin types should stay away from junk food, saturated fats, sugars, and alcohol.

On the other hand, people with dry skin types need to make sure they drink plenty of water. It also helps to incorporate antioxidant-rich foods and beverages into the diet. This is actually always good advice for skin care, but it is especially important for dry skin.

People with normal or combination skin have to find the balance that is right for them as each case is different. Normal skin will show a tendency towards either oily or dry skin when not in full health so you’ll need to determine your food plan based on what kind of symptoms you’re experiencing.

If you’re still unsure what skin type you have, just call into see one of our skincare practitioners and we’d be happy to analyse your skin and help you determine which products and skincare treatments would be best for you.

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