It is not only your skin condition that matters in the search for that perfect skin care regime; your skin type matters as well. We asked our Skin Research Director Susanne Fabre to answer 5 of the most common questions regarding skin types.

Why is it important to choose skin care products based on skin type?
Preferentially you should always choose skin care that matches both your specific needs and skin type – no matter your age, gender or ethnicity. For example, if you have dry skin you need to have a richer formula to strengthen the skin barrier that easily gets disrupted as your skin gets dry. If you tend to have oily skin you will need a lighter texture to avoid shine and further clogging of pores that may cause acne and blemishes.

What different skin types are there?
Usually we talk about dry skin, sensitive skin, normal skin and oily skin. But all complexions are unique and there are of course combinations and intermediates.

Does my skin type change over time?
Your skin type and conditions may change over time and over season due to hormonal changes and extrinsic (external) factors such as pollution and lifestyle (diet, stress etc.) and climate changes. Therefore, it could be relevant to adapt your products from time to time to meet these changed needs. For example, to choose a richer moisturizing cream in winter time when the air is dryer, or adding extra UV protection during the summer.

Is a certain step in our routines more important for specific skin types?
No, we would say that a good skin care routine is important for all skin types. This includes cleansing, rehydration, daily protection, together with skin rejuvenation and soothing night treatments. It is also important to include serums targeting specific ageing needs. However, the formulas should be adapted to meet the needs of the different skin types.

Can I mix products for different skin types?
We recommend adapting the routine to your individual needs, and it is fine to add on or exchange products if you during some periods have dryer or more oily skin.

Words by: Photographs by: Oriflame