There's a lot of information on all our products as to which skin type they're right for. This is undoubtedly useful if you know what your skin type is, however sometimes it's hard to know this and the information can get quite confusing. I decided to detail the different skin types here to help you find out what your skin type is! This post aims to detail the tell tale signs of each skin type (Normal, Oily, Dry, Combination, Sensitive), recommend cruelty free skincare products for each skin type, and recommend cruelty free makeup products for each skin type.
If you have normal skin, it means your skin doesn't produce excess oil, and isn't dry and dehydrated. Your skin will feel soft and smooth to the touch, and have an even skin tone (i.e. there aren't patches of red blemishes or sallow areas with less colour than others).
For normal skin, I would recommend products to keep it that way! Keep your skin clean and moisturised to prevent oil build up and dehydration. Remove makeup with The Body Shop's Chomomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. This is suitable for all skin types. Follow this with The Body Shop's Aloe Calming Toner. This removes impurities. Finally, a light moisturiser like this one from Simple will prevent your skin getting dehydrated.
As far as makeup is concerned, people with normal skin are pretty much free to use whatever they like!
Your skin is oily if it produces too much oil. This can be due to hormone levels, as well as diet, or stress, or even just unsuitable cosmetic products (for example, a foundation containing lots of oil). The excess oil is produced all over the face, not just on what's known as the 'T zone' (the nose and across the forehead). The results of oily skin are enlarged pores and acne. You'll know you have oily skin if your skin feels greasy to the touch and you are prone to acne and spots.
Oil reducing products as well as spot treating ones are perfect for oily skin. Tea tree is perfect for reducing spots and oil production. Remove makeup using The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Face Wash. This will take of your makeup while simultaneously combating the excess oil and spots associated with oily skin. Remove impurities using The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner. This will get rid of the nasties on your face from the day while reducing shine on your face. A face mask like Lush's Cosmetic Warrior once or twice a week can help to calm excess oil and spots.
Before applying makeup, I'd recommend using either that toner or some blotting powder like this one from Soap and Glory to remove the excess oil that can prevent makeup lasting as well as it could. Avoid foundations or concealer that contain a lot of oil, instead go for a matte finish. Urban Decay's All Nighter is good for oily skin. Remember to apply a lot of powder to absorb the oil and reduce shine. You may need to keep applying powder throughout the day.
Dry skin does not produce enough oil, and doesn't retain the oil it does produce well. Dry skin tends to often feel tight, especially after being wiped. Dry skin can be caused by dehydration, so be sure to drink plenty of water. It can also be caused by environmental things such as cold weather, or unsuitable cosmetics (such as a drying, matte foundation). You'll know if you have dry skin because parts or all of your face will be visibly flaky, and as I mentioned before, it may feel tight.
Moisturising is very important for people with dry skin. Remove makeup using The Body Shop's Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. I find this to be fairly hydrating while doing a brilliant job of removing makeup. Next, use the Lush Eau Roma Water to remove impurities while moisturising the skin. Apply a generous amount of the Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for Dry/Sensitive Skin to gently moisturise overnight and throughout the day. A mask such as Lush's Oatifix two or three times a week can give a much needed boost to hydration.
Avoid makeup that aims to mattify. This will be drying. Instead, try something like Tarte's Rainforest of the Sea Foundation to avoid dehydrating the skin. Don't go too heavy on the powder. It can also be a good idea to apply a moisturiser or skin oil to the face before applying your makeup, to keep something hydrating underneath.
If you produce excess oil only on the T zone (the nose and across the forehead), and not on the rest of the face such as the cheeks, you have combination skin. This is the most common skin type, and either area needs to be treated differently. You'll know you have combination skin if some parts of your face feel more oily or dry than others.
Remove makeup using The Body Shop's Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. In the T zone, use a toner to reduce oil, such as this one, and on the rest of the face, use something for hydration. A light moisturiser such as this one from Simple will gently hydrate your skin without making it oily in the T zone. It could be useful once or twice a week to apply a mask for oil control on the T zone and a mask for hydration on the rest of your face. Alternatively, Lush's Love Lettuce Face Mask could balance out the differences in skin type in the different areas on your face.
For makeup, you may need two different foundations, one mattifying, and one more hydrating. Alternatively, you could just use the same foundation all over and use more powder on the T zone than anywhere else. Something to mattify your T zone such as this product from The Body Shop may be useful.
Many people have sensitive skin. It can be caused by skin conditions such as rosacea and eczma, or allergies. It may also just mean that certain products/ingredients cause your skin to feel irritated and inflamed. You'll know you have sensitive skin if you know certain products irritate your skin, making it red, or feel warm or sore. Sensitive skin can be complicated, because you need to be careful about the products you're choosing so as not to cause a bad reaction.
The Body Shop's Chamomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is good for sensitive skin, because the ingredients are calming. Alternatively, another good makeup remover is one from Simple. Personally, I find The Body Shop one more effective. Follow this with this toner from Simple. This will remove impurities that can irritate your skin. Finally, use a light moisturiser from Simple to hydrate without irritating the skin.
You need to be careful with makeup, because it's easy for it to feel uncomfortable on sensitive skin. Lush's makeup range uses only natural ingredients, so it is less likely to irritate your skin. Other brands that use natural ingredients are Natural Collection and Bare Minerals.
It's perfectly normal for your skin type to change over time. For example, many teenagers have oily or combination skin, but as they grow up their skin may dry out to a normal or dry skin type, and vice versa. It also may not change at all.
I hope you've found this post helpful! Let me know in the comments if you now know your skin type after reading this post! Also recommend other products for people who share your skin type below!