How to shop for skincare products? Shop savvy for your skin

Don't Fall for the Glow-Up Guilt Trip

Ever leave Sephora or Mecca feeling more confused than confident about your skin? You're not alone! Sales reps and endless aisles of a mountain of beautifully presented products can pressure you into products you don't need, leaving you confused and your wallet lighter.


You get home, try your new goodies and then wonder “why my new moisturiser vanishes instantly and my serum leaves my face feeling greasy?” They might not be suited for your skin type! Knowing your skin type is crucial for creating a personalized skincare routine that keeps your complexion balanced, healthy, and glowing.

Let’s put it this way: imagine walking into a foreign country without speaking the language. That's what your skin experiences when you shop blindly. Products meant for oily complexions might leave yours parched, while harsh scrubs can irritate already sensitive skin. Knowing your skin type is the first step to speaking its language.

Armed with this knowledge, you can conquer any beauty counter! Ask informed questions, politely decline unnecessary recommendations, and remember, you're the expert on your skin. Don't be afraid to walk away if something feels off.


  • You don't need the latest, most expensive product. Find what works for YOU.

  • Listen to your skin, not just a salesperson.

  • Prioritize understanding your skin type and needs.

  • Skincare should be enjoyable, not guilt-inducing.

By taking charge of your skincare journey, you'll avoid buyer's remorse and achieve a healthy, confident glow that comes from within (and informed choices!).

Here's a dive into six common skin types:

1. Normal: The holy grail! This balanced skin experiences minimal oiliness, dryness, or sensitivity. Gentle cleansers and lightweight moisturizers are ideal to maintain this dreamboat state.

2. Dry: This skin type craves hydration! It often feels tight, flaky, and may show fine lines. Opt for gentle, hydrating cleansers and rich moisturizers with humectants like hyaluronic acid.

3. Dehydrated: Unlike dry skin, which lacks oil, dehydrated skin lacks water. It may feel tight, but not necessarily flaky. Opt for hydrating serums and moisturizers with humectants and emollients to lock in moisture.

4. Oily: This skin produces excess sebum, leading to a shiny T-zone and visible pores. Use oil-free, non-comedogenic cleansers and lightweight, oil-controlling moisturizers with mattifying ingredients like clay or niacinamide.

5. Sensitive: This skin type reacts easily to products, experiencing redness, irritation, or stinging. Choose fragrance-free, hypoallergenic formulas and patch test new products before applying.

6. Combination: This is the most common, where different areas have different needs. The T-zone might be oily while the cheeks are dry. Use targeted products for each area, like a lightweight moisturizer for the face and a richer cream for cheeks.



Find your skin type


  • Targeted care: Using products suited to your needs prevents issues like dryness, oiliness, or breakouts and maximizes the benefits of your routine.

  • Prevention: Knowing your skin's tendencies allows you to proactively address concerns before they arise.

  • Smart spending: Avoid buying products that won't work for you or could even worsen your skin.

  • Maximize the benefits of your skincare routine: Using products suited to your skin type ensures their optimal effectiveness.



Remember, your skin type isn't fixed. It can change due to age, hormones, weather, and even your lifestyle. Pay attention to how your skin feels and adjust your routine accordingly. By understanding and nurturing your unique skin type, you unlock the door to a radiant, healthy complexion that feels as good as it looks!

Things that will affect your skin type:

  • Age: As we age, skin tends to become drier.

  • Hormones: Fluctuations can affect oil production and sensitivity.

  • Climate: Dry weather can dehydrate skin while humid environments can make it oilier.

  • Lifestyle: Stress, diet, and even sleep can impact your skin.

Next week …. how your skin adjusts to a new skincare routine.