Problem Skin Types

November 7, 2016

Outlined in this guide are 6 problem skin types and lots of useful information as to how you can combat each of them.

Skin Type: DRY

Characterised by: Flakiness and tightness.

Routine: Avoid shaving foams, harsh soap and products containing alcohol - like aftershaves and toners - as these will dry out skin. Instead, use gentle face washes and shaving creams (which are less drying than foams) and lather on a moisturiser twice a day to guard against water loss.

Get rid of any flaky, dry skin with a gentle face scrub twice a week and drink plenty of water to keep skin cells adequately hydrated - if you feel thirsty you’re already dehydrated.

Use: Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion which provides long-lasting hydration and throughly quenches your skin’s thirst.

Tip: A moisturiser provides long-lasting hydration and throughly quenches your skin’s thirst.


Characterised by: Redness, soreness, itchiness and tightness.

Routine: The fewer products you use on your face the better. Subjecting your skin to less heat and less friction will help too so wash with tepid, rather than hot water, and avoid abrasive scrubs.

To protect skin use products specially designed for sensitive skin or ones that are fragrance and alcohol-free or are labelled ‘hypoallergenic’.

Use: Malin+Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer which intensely hydrates whilst providing pH balance.

Tip: Calm and desensitise irritated skin.

Skin Type: Oily

Characterised by: Oiliness, blemishes and shiny patches.

Routine: Avoid using harsh soaps as these will just strip the skin of it’s oil, prompting your sebaceous glands to produce even more to compensate. Use a face cleanser instead but avoid rubbing your face too hard with towels or using hot water as both can stimulate oil production. Moisturise daily with a water-based moisturiser and treat oily patches with a mattifying product.

Use: Polaar Shine Control Face Cleanser. A soap-free, non-foaming facial cleanser this is specially designed to combat oily skin, without leaving skin dry.

Tip: Mattify oily skin without over-drying.


Characterised by: Dry patches, often around the cheeks, along with oily ones, usually found in the ‘T-zone’ around the nose, forehead and chin.

Routine: Invest in two moisturisers - an oil-free one for the shiny patches and a regular one for the dry patches. Use a face scrub once a week to help prevent blackheads forming in the T-zone, avoid washing in hot water (it stimulates oil production) and keep a mattifying product with you to deal with oily skin during the day.

Use: Anthony Facial Scrub. Perfect for preventing blackheads and removing pore-blocking dead skin cells without drying out skin in less oily areas.

Tip: Keep dry skin hydrated and oily skin matte.

Skin Type: DULL

Characterised by: Grey and lifeless skin.

Routine: To perk up a dull looking complexion you need to get rid of any any dead skin cells that coat the surface of your skin as these scatter light and make it look grey.

Use a face scrub twice a week or look for products containing AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which help shift dead cells. If you’re still pale, warm up your skin tone with a tinted moisturiser, bronzer or self-tanner.

Use: Baxter of California Night Cream AHA. Apply before bed to brighten and firm skin for when you wake up.

Tip: Reinvigorate dull, tired skin.

Skin Type: AGEING

Characterised by: Fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.

Routine: To prevent ageing skin you need to protect it from the ageing effects of the sun and moisturise daily to keep it healthy and hydrated. Invest in a moisturiser containing a built-in sunscreen and you’ll do both at once. Cutting down on the sugary foods will help too because sugar is known to weaken collagen and elastin - the two most important skin-strengtheners.

Use: Recipe For Men SPF 15 Facial Moisturiser - a lightweight daily moisturiser with an invisible UV filter to guard against sun damage.

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