Having a skin care routine that is right for your skin type is so important because not all regimens are perfect for all skin types. If you’re using the wrong formula for your skin, it can actually have adverse effects such as increasing oiliness, decreasing moisture, causing acne and much worse.

But how do you know what skincare regime is right for you? Beauty Flash has done all the hard work for you and explained what would work best for each skin type and what ingredients you should avoid.

Stay supple

Although it’s tempting now the days are getting colder, try to avoid taking hot showers as this can strip your skin of essential oils. Instead, switch to washing in lukewarm water, even when cleansing your complexion.

Be gentle when you cleanse. Consider using micellar water, a no-rinsing cleansing option that is powered by tiny micelles – oil molecules – that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil and make-up away from the skin.

Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water is a chamomile-infused cleansing water which features a cutting-edge natural peptide complex to boost hydration and radiance.

Look to exfoliate weekly as dead skin cells can build up on the surface of your skin, causing it to look dull. Most importantly, you should moisturise every morning and night. Look for moisturisers that use hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.

Let your inner shine take centre stage

If you suffer from oily skin, you might gravitate towards a regime that includes harsh scrubs and less moisturising, don’t! A dedicated and well-considered skincare routine will minimise the issue.

Your quest for shine-free skin should always start with a cleanser that mattes and purifies. Avoid alcohol-based products because they’ll strip the skin, removing more oil than necessary and ultimately reintroducing shine.

Wipe away makeup residue and persistent excess moisture with an exfoliator that’s non-abrasive and designed especially for oilier skin types. Look for a product that will provide a matte effect and will unclog pores without over-drying the skin.

The best way to tackle any blemishes caused by oily skin is to get into a weekly face mask habit that will help tone down any unwanted facial pigmentation.  Clay-based formulas like Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque help to detoxify, brighten and invigorate oily skin. It’s fast-acting, easy to remove and provides multiple benefits at once.

Find the balance

Dry in some areas? Oily in others? Sounds like you have combination skin. How to balance two different skin types can seem like a mystery, but it’s much easier than you think.

Whether you have oily areas only around the T-Zone and dry areas over your cheeks, jaw area and along the hairline, what you do to lessen those problems is the same.

Use a gentle cleanser and moisturise your combination skin with a cream that doesn’t contain too much oil. This will help to give both zones the care they need.

Choose a daily moisturiser that works with the skin’s natural mechanisms to maintain hydration levels and ensure a mattifying effect. Medik8 Balance Moisturiser is a powerful formula with an optimised combination of active ingredients that promote lasting hydration. It also boasts anti-inflammatory properties that help to control shine and oil production.

Don’t be lazy

If you’re one of the lucky ones and don’t suffer from any of the above problems, don’t be fooled into thinking you don’t have to follow a skincare routine. There are so many factors that affect your skin, so looking after it should be your number one priority!

Your skincare routine should consist of three main steps: cleansing, toning and moisturising. The goal of your routine should be to tune up your complexion so it’s functioning at its best and also troubleshoot or target any areas you want to work on.

Look for a moisturiser that includes sunscreen protection and acts as a shield against the elements like Medik8 Advanced Day Total Protect, which aids in keeping skin hydrated and supple all year round.