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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

What's your Skin Type?

Your Beauty Gossip

The first step and most important step you can take in caring for your skin properly is knowing your skin type. Now you may think you know your type already, but for many of us we have it wrong!

For starters skin types change with age, seasons, diet, hormonal changes, weather exposure and pollution let alone on top of that there's periods of illness and stress. All of these factors take their toll on our skin making it look dull, flaky, lifeless, oily and God forgive the development of wrinkles.  

There's no point spending a fortune on expensive skincare products, if you are buying the wrong ones. So take the Skincare Quiz below to truly know your skin type and remember that your skin type can change over time and you need to reassess it regularly.

Your Beauty Gossip

1. First thing in the morning, take a look at your face in bright light. What do you see?
     a)  It's shiny with noticeable blackheads
     b)  It looks flaky and feels taut
     c)  My forehead, chin and nose are shiny, the rest is tight and flaky
     d)  It's very pale, and there are occasional red or flaky patches
     e)  The surface is dull, I'm low on colour and there are noticeable line and wrinkles

2. Wash your skin with some plain soap and water. Wait for about 20 minutes - now what do
     you notice?
     a)  It looks less shiny
     b)  It looks and feels tighter - plus it's gone a grey colour
     c)  It's less shiny on my nose and forehead but now my cheeks feel dreadful
     d)  It's itchy, red and flaky - thanks a lot
     e)  My lines and wrinkles are even more noticeable - but I've got some colour back in my skin tone

3. Do you get spots?
     a)  Yes, I'm prone to blackheads, whiteheads or big red ones that hurt
     b)  Not really - only around my period or if I use a thick moisturizer
     c)  Only on my nose, forehead and chin
     d)  Yes, but they're red rather than whiteheads or I get rashes
     e)  Very rarely

4. Look at your nose and the area around it - what do you notice most?
     a)  Blackheads, whiteheads and oil
     b)  Flaky patches and redness around my nostrils
     c)  That my nose and cheeks look like they're from two different faces - my nose is shiny, my
          cheeks are dull
     d)  There are lots of little red veins and high colour on my cheeks
     e)  I've lots of open pores

5. Take your index finger and lightly press your cheeks upwards. What do you see?
     a)  Nothing really
     b)  I get loads of tiny lines like crepe paper that vanish when I stop
     c)  Some lines appear, but when I stop pressing they go away
     d)  The area goes white, then red or it feels hot
     e)  I get folds of skin forming and it takes a while to snap back to normal

6. Now get a magnify mirror - or at least stand in some really bright natural light. Look at your
    pores    - what are they like?
     a)  Big, black and shiny
     b)  Practically non-existent 
     c)  Big on my nose, chin or forehead, but non-existent elsewhere
     d)  Practically non-existent
     e)  Large but clear - there's no oil there

7. Apply your make-up as normal in the morning, then at lunchtime take a long hard look in
    the mirror. What's happened?
     a)  What's left of it is shiny, but most of it has disappeared
     b)  It's gone blotchy and flaky
     c)  My cheeks aren't so bad, but my nose is shiny
     d)  My skin looks a bit red and irritated
     e) It's settled on the lines of my face and looks dry

Your Beauty Gossip

Mostly A's - You have Oily Skin

Mostly B's - You have Dry Skin

Mostly C's - You have Combination Skin

Mostly D's - You have Sensitive Skin

Mostly E's - You have Maturing Skin


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