Get to know your skin: caring for different skin types

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Everyone’s skin is different and unique. To reveal the best version of your skin, it is important to be able to identify your skin type and your skin’s behaviours.

Your skin type is influenced by a number of factors including water content, oiliness and sensitivity level.

Other factors such a genetics, lifestyle and diet also influence your skin type and its condition.

Determining which category of skin type you fall into can be difficult especially when self-assessing. Most people find their skin does not fit into the most common categories meaning their skin is classified as ‘combination’ which can lead to confusion about what skin care to use.

Using the wrong skin care for your skin type can be problematic and can lead to skin problems such as acne, dryness and redness or early signs of ageing.

Silicea improves the skin from the inside out by boosting elasticity and collagen from the ‘beauty mineral’ silica.

Combined with the right external care for your skin type, your skin will be on track to looking its best at any age.

Here is a foolproof guide to identifying each different skin type.


Normal skin

Normal skin is most common in children and young adults. Normal skin has a smooth texture with small pores and is neither oily nor dry.

  • Even skin colour free of red or dark patches
  • Free of enlarged pores
  • No irritation from products
  • No acne or breakouts beyond puberty years

If you have normal skin your skin care regime can be less rigid than those with other skin types. Opt for gentle products and protect your skin with an SPF sunscreen daily.


Oily skin

Oily skin is moist and shiny, especially in the middle of day. It is most prone to acne, breakouts and blocked pores.

  • Makeup wears off easily
  • Prevalence of oiliness on forehead, nose or chin
  • Prone to breakouts
  • Larger pores

Oily skin requires close attention to the right skin care. Glycolic products are effective at treating oily to acne skin however avoid using over drying products to avoid irritation and damage. If you struggle with acne, Silicea gel can be used as a 5 minute face mask at night to soak up oil (thanks to its drying effect) and repair skin damage.


Dry skin

Dry skin feels rough or tight and have signs of redness due to lack of moisture.

  • Skin feels tight after washing
  • Skin products can cause irritation
  • Feeling of roughness especially in the afternoons or evenings
  • Appearance of fine lines around eyes and lips

If you have dry skin it is important to exfoliate and use an effective moisturiser. Avoid drying and chemical-heavy products that strip the skin of moisture.



Skin is a mixture of oily, dry and normal. Oiliness is generally present on the forehead, nose and chin while cheeks tend to be dry.

  • Patches of dry skin and oily skin on different parts of the pace
  • Irregular breakouts
  • Difficulty finding products which suit your skin

For combination skin use a mild cleanser and a light moisturiser which won’t clog the pores and exfoliate regularly to even out skin tone.


General skin tips:

  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Stay hydrated
  • Maintain a balanced and healthy diet

Silicea products provide your skin with a boost of health regardless of your skin type. For more information on our range of products visit