Are you searching for the best skincare products? Most of us are looking for that one item that can transform our complexion into that of a supermodel. But, did you realise that understanding your current skin type and the condition of your skin will ensure you purchase the correct skincare for your needs. Stop wasting money by learning our top tips for recognising your skin type – you’ll be able to find better products that really work!

As well as your age, there are a couple of at home tests you can perform to check the current condition of your skin.

Pinch your cheek

Use your thumb and forefinger to pinch at the fullest part of your cheek – what is the skin like here? Is it thin, thick or medium? If your skin feels thin then it requires hydration, as well as antioxidants.

Are there any fine lines in this area? Fine lines often mean that your skin is dehydrated.

Look for lines and wrinkles

Do you have fine lines and wrinkles near your eyes and forehead? Again, this could suggest that your skin is lacking hydration.

Does your skin appear dry?

If your complexion looks flaky than you need a nourishing moisturiser. It’s also beneficial to exfoliate too. However, avoid harsh exfoliators and use an acid toner – one with a low percentage of glycolic acid will help to eliminate dry, scaly skin.

Does your skin look shiny?

If your skin is shiny, especially on the forehead, nose, and chin, you may have combination to oily skin. This doesn’t mean that you need to skip moisture. In fact, your skin may still be dehydrated. Use a light moisturiser to keep your skin balanced.

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