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Here's Our Guide To Matching The Right Products To Your Skin Type

Here's Our Guide To Matching The Right Products To Your Skin Type

It's not easy matching the right skincare products to your skin type. If you're struggling with skin issues, there's a strong chance that you haven't found what works for you yet.

There is so much trial and error you've got to go through when it comes to finding which of the thousands of products available will work to keep your skin clear, fresh and glowingly healthy, it's not surprising that so many people never succeed in getting it right.

As an expert in skincare, one of the biggest problems I see everyday is people unknowingly using products that are not right for their skin type and that can actually do more harm than good to their skin.

There are ingredients you should avoid if you have certain skin types and some you should add to your skincare routine. To make it easier for you to find a routine that works for your skin, I've put together a quick guide to matching your skin type to the products that will actually help keep it radiant.

First you need to determine your skin type. Lots of people struggle with this but to help make it easier for you, I've listed the most obvious characteristics of each skin type.

I've also listed my product recommendations that will work to enrich and balance your skin type whether you've got normal skin or highly sensitive skin.

How to Determine Your Skin Type

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is probably one of the easiest skin types to determine. If your skin is sensitive you may often experience breakouts and develop rashes and red spots.

You may even experience swelling, flakiness, itching, irritation, burning or soreness. You'll find your skin tends to flush red from the wind, cleansing or sun exposure.

There are ingredients you should always avoid in skincare products but alcohol is a must if you have sensitive skin. You also need to work in as much hydration as possible into your routine by using products specially formulated to strengthen your skin barrier function.

I've chosen three products from REN that combined will help you win the battle with sensitive skin. REN is a gentle, vegan friendly brand. By using their Gentle Cleansing Milk, along with their Anti-Redness serum, you'll clean your skin without causing irritation. Their Global Protection Day Cream is formulated to then train your skin to lock in moisture.

If you're still struggling to balance your sensitive skin, these products will help you fix that.


The Perfect Remedy for Sensitive Skin Problems

Dry Skin

Dry skin generally results in small pores and an overall feeling of tightness, even after you've cleansed and moisturized your skin.

You may have more visible lines, less elasticity and a dull complexion. In severe cases, you may also experience flaking and soreness.

Dry skin needs to be addressed with products that are formulated to lock in moisture. But you also need to use products that will strengthen your skin's own ability to retain moisture.

With the right products, you can get your dry skin under control quickly. I recommend Alpha H Liquid Gold Serum. It's an award-winning revolutionary resurfacing treatment and will show a visible increase in moisture within the skin in 20 minutes.

Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk is also worth adding to your skincare routine if you're suffering with dry skin. It's gentle formula that will be kind to your dehydrated skin.

Hydrated Skin in 20 mins! Gentle & Kind to Dry Skin

Oily Skin

One of the most obvious indicators that you have oily skin is large pores. You'll also notice your skin has a shiny thicker complexion. And a simple touch test will confirm your oily skin. Wait 20 minutes after cleansing and then dab your skin with cotton wool. If you have oily skin, you'll see residue on the cotton wool.

In this case, your skin is overproducing oil. You may be struggling with pimples and blackheads, which are a common side effect of oily skin. You need to add products that don't clog your skin and remove impurities.

For this I recommend you try Uriage Hyseac Purifying Cleansing Gel and Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk. Both will help you gently combat the effects of oily skin, controlling shine and giving an even tone and balance.

Balances Normal - Oily Skin Balances Normal - Oily Skin

Combination Skin

Combination skin can be tricky to determine as most of us have it to some extent since there are more oil-producing glands around our nose.

This skin type experiences much more oiliness in this area than other skin types. Combination skin is typically marked by a consistently oily T-zone with dryness in other areas of the face.

If your skin veers towards Normal to Oily, I recommend using Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser Combined with their Balancing And Pore Refining Mask
If you find you have Normal to dry skin, I suggest you work with Alpha H's Balancing Cleanser combined with their Multi Vitamin Super Cream.

Balances Normal - Oily Skin Balances Normal - Dry Skin

Normal Skin

Consider yourself very lucky if you have normal skin!

This means you’ll typically have an even tone and a soft texture with little to no flakiness.

Generally, you don’t get oiliness or dryness but when you do, it is easily resolved. Your skin is generally blemish-free, except for the occasional outbreak, and it doesn’t feel too dry or too shiny at the end of the day.

If you've got normal skin, there are two products I can recommend you work into your routine that will boost its radiance. The first is REN's Ready, Steady Glow, Daily Tonic. The second is REN's Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial.

Increases Radiance of Normal Skin


For advice on any of my recommendations, feel free to message me. I'm always happy to help.

Michelle x
Postgraduate Dip in Dermatology in Clinical Practice Skincare
Expert at Tonic

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