At Sweet Cecily’s, Dorrie, Beth and Sophie, all have very different skin types. At a young age, it was clear to me (Sophie) with the eczema on my arms and face that I had dry skin. However, I remember it being really daunting to know, as all my friends were getting into skincare and beauty, and I felt as though I didn’t have a clue, even after scrolling through the hundreds of pages.
So, to help your experience be a little less tragic than mine, I will be telling you how to identify the different characteristics in the 5 different skin types.
Do I have sensitive skin?
What Sophie says about her Sensitive skin:
“Ever since I was younger, I was always the kid with bright red lips and arms from where I had scratched layers of my skin off. My mam used to smother me in cream, and I hated it because it just made me itchier. Looking back, it felt like we tried with every cream, and as I got older I kind of grew out of it, but also not really. These days I tend to get more dry than sensitive skin, however over the last 2 days my skin has become sensitive, which is the reason for the red rashes on my cheeks and around my lips. If we had taken these photos 2 weeks ago, I would probably be typing this in the ‘Dry Skin’ section as I usually have more flakiness. I’ve also been very lucky with the fact that I rarely had/get any spots. The only thing I’ve been using on my face (as of October time) is our Soothing Skin Cream, which helps sooth my irritated skin when it’s sensitive and clears up my dry patches within days when I have them too. It’s a cream that’s stayed consistent with my skin, compared to some I have tried where after a few weeks I start to react. I think it’s important that if you have dry or sensitive skin that you just have to find the right product for you.”
Do I have dry skin?
Do I have combination skin?
What Dorrie says about her Combination skin:
“Growing up, I had absolutely no idea what my skin type was. I had a vague thought that it might be oily so I thought that meant I shouldn’t really put any moisturiser on! I used to get quite a few spots, too, which I would valiantly try to cover up with a pot of old Maybelline dream matte mouse (cringe). In hindsight this obviously was not helping my skin and was clogging my pores even further, but I was young and lacked the self-confidence required to embrace my bare face, imperfections, and all! In my twenties I went for my first facial where I was told my skin was dry/combination. The lovely beauty therapist let me know that lack of moisture in my skin was causing excess production of sebum making certain areas of my face oily. Since then, I’ve tried to continue using a basic moisturiser at least every day (I will freely admit I am rubbish at sticking to a skincare routine, even though I manage a skincare brand!!) and my skin has really thanked me for it. I still get breakouts, patches of dry skin and an oily t-zone. My pores are still fairly visible as you can see from the photo but since reaching my 30s, I am far less concerned about the appearance aspect of my skin and more bothered about how it feels.”
Do I have oily skin?
What Beth says about her Oily skin:
“As you can see from the photo, my skin type is Oily. My forehead, cheeks and nose all shine due to excessive oil production. Since the age of 13, I applied makeup to my face pretty much every day. This was in an attempt to blend in at school and college. Fast forward to my time at university, my poor face was hounded with layers of makeup every time I went out. During this time, I suffered with dry skin around my nose, and I think this is partly to do with me having a seriously poor skincare routine. My idea of a face cleanse would be to just use a makeup wipe, harshly dragging it all around my face. I also only liked to apply moisturizer on the odd occasion… Applying so much makeup to my skin caused me to have a high amount of blackheads on my nose and even around my lip line.
For almost two years now I have opted to sport the more natural look, this has caused me to see a difference in the type of skin that I have. Since switching to minimal makeup, I experience the odd breakout on my chin. However, I feel that my skin has a natural glow, perhaps this is due to my skin being able to breath and produce a good level of oil.”
Do I have normal skin?
So what skin type do I have?