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The Grooming Basics For Your Skin Type

August 2016Words by Mr Adam Welch

As with most things in life, a good grooming regime isn’t worth much unless you’ve got the basics right. Yes, your bathroom cupboard will look very impressive stocked with all sorts of beautifully packaged and esoteric-sounding things such as Dr Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum and M.E. Skin Lab’s Bio Energizing Cell Repair Balm, but without the correct foundations, you won’t be getting the most out of these more advanced products. So, first thing’s first, you need to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturise. And what’s more, you need to get the right product for your skin type – picking things just because you like the bottle is likely to land you with a less-than-glowing complexion. This is why, to mark this year’s Grooming Day (happy Grooming Day by the way, we suppose?), we’ve put together the following guide. Scroll down to find out which skin type you have, and how to treat it right, every day.

Oily
Your skin is typically shiny-looking and prone to greasiness and breakouts.

Normal/combination
“Normal” is such a loaded word – what this actually means is that you generally have an even skin tone and don’t veer too much towards oily or dry. Combination skin, meanwhile is oily and dry in different places, and can change with the seasons. Both types require balanced products, though those with combination skin may want to apply products for oily or dry skin topically, too.

Dry
Your skin generally tends to feel tight and matte, and is prone to rashes and irritation, especially when shaving.