Understanding your skin type is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your skin. If you don’t know your skin type, then how can you know what your skin needs? And pick products that will actually work? You can’t!
So, let’s fix that, and figure out once and for all if your skin is oily, dry, sensitive or combination. Try taking our online quiz if you are unsure still.
If your skin is shiny, prone to blemishes and congestion, and generally feature larger pores - you’re probably OILY.
Oily skin comes about because the skin overproduces sebum (the "oil" that causes blackheads, congestion, blemishes, etc) due to its oil content being excessive. The body then tries to fix by producing even more sebum to compensate. A vicious cycle! It can be triggered by hormones, stress, diet, humidity, and is quite often genetic. Cosmetics and the wrong skin care (harsh/astringent) can also trap oil and exacerbate oily skin.
What should you do to help it? - The best protocol for oily skin should be to remove excess oil without stripping the skin like our Deep Clean Facial Mask to fight off congestion, and our Facial Balancing Elixir to provide thorough nourishment without clogging pores.
MERME Products we recommend for oily skin types:
If your skin feels tight, dry, or even rough, and you have no oily spots - you’re probably DRY. Dry skin lacks oil (not water, that’s dehydrated skin which is a skin condition, not a skin type) and it is very common, especially in winter. Because your skin is slacking with it's own oil production, it also tends to produce lines and creases far more quickly than oily skin. (Dammit!) Ageing, hormones, and genetics are all contributors to dry skin, as well as some external triggers.
What should you do to help it? - Incorporate oil rich skin care into your routine to make up for what your skin’s not naturally producing - like our Facial Beauty Elixir or Facial Healing Elixir (for even more intense treatment).
- Avoid skin care and cosmetics made with sulphates which are known to be stripping, and will likely worsen your dry skin. - Regularly exfoliate to clear away those dry, flaky skin cells - use a gentle chemical exfoliant like our Facial Renewing Vitamin-C Powder.
MERME Products we recommend for dry skin:
If your skin is prone to rashes, inflammation, and redness - you’re probably sensitive. Sensitive skin tends to be pretty reactive. So environmental factors (temperature, wind, sun), and some skin care, and makeup can easily inflame your skin. It’s also known to be thinner and feature cute little red patches especially around the nose, cheeks, chin, and neck.
What should you do to help it? - Where possible, opt for specialised skin care (super gentle, irritant-free formulas), and makeup (mineral is best-in-class for sensitive skin).
- Always ALWAYS patch test new prods before welcoming them into your skin care team.
- Try incorporating our Facial Calming Mist for a boost of refreshment.
MERME Products we recommend for sensitive skin:
Facial Balancing Elixir
If you’ve got both oily and dry spots on your face - you’re probably combination. Shine AND dry patches? At the same time? Yes it's possible and means you’ve got combination skin. Combo skin exists on a spectrum, so depending on whether you veer more oily or dry, you might get an oily T-Zone at 5pm, or find your fine lines become more pronounced throughout the day, respectively.
What should you do to help it? - Use our Facial Beauty Elixir or Facial Balancing Elixir to replenish dry spots and regulate excess oil production at the same time. - We’d also recommend our Deep Clean Facial Mask (Clay) Mask on the T-Zone, and a more hydrating mask on the cheeks.
MERME Products we recommend for combination skins:
Facial Balancing Elixir
We hope that this will, once and for all, give you the peace of mind that your skincare products are RIGHT for your skin. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Kisses!