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What's my skin type and why is it important?

What's my skin type and why is it important?

Like the seasons, our skin type changes. Basing your skincare routine on being one certain skin type is a recipe for problems ahead. Instead listen to your skin. It's important, at any given time, to be treating your current skin concerns/condition. Understanding your skin's behaviours and concerns and recognising its changes are integral if you want to learn how to care for it with advanced skincare. Choose products based on your concerns, not your skin type is my recommendation. 

Your skin type can change multiple times throughout your life. Your skin is impacted by lifestyle, age, hormones, pregnancy, diet, medications, weather, masks and so on. Its not uncommon for females to once have oily skin and then post menopause dry skin. Skin types are dynamic and should be treated that way.

Below is a guide to common skin types:


Sensitive Skin  

Skin that is delicate and more responsive or reactive. Can appear flushed at times. Often experiencing an overall sensitivity to many products, impacted by weather, alcohol, spicy food. Common conditions associated with sensitive skin are rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and acne.  

Saint Louve recommendation: Vitamin B3, B5, Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum  


Oily Skin 

An overproduction of sebum, an oily substance in our sebaceous glands expelled through our pores. Skin that is prone to blemishes and congestion, black heads. Often appears shiny at the end of the day.  

Saint Louve recommendation: 12% AHA/BHA Exfoliating Serum 


Balanced Skin 

Neither too oily or too dry or too sensitive. Generally all round balanced skin.  

Saint Louve recommendation: 0.25% Encapsulated Retinol Serum  


Dehydrated Skin 

Skin that is lacking water. Appears dull, thin, creases easily, fine lines are noticeable, makeup doesn't sit well.    

Saint Louve recommendation: Vitamin B3, B5 & Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum 


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