Friday, 05 October 2018 13:27

What’s your skin type?

The most frequent question we are asked at African Extracts is for advice on which of our Rooibos products to use, but to give the best advice, we need to know more about your skin. Your skin type doesn’t always stay the same – it changes over time and as a result of everything from hormones, to your lifestyle and even medication you may be taking.



Your skin type changes over time as a result of everything from hormones, to your lifestyle and even medication.


Basically, your skin type depends on the balance between the water content of your skin, which affects its comfort and elasticity, and the oil (or lipid) content, which affects its softness.

Here’s our handy guide to the most common skin types:

Do you have normal skin?
These are the lucky ones – usually in their 20s and 30s – who have skin that’s not too dry and not too oily, with very few imperfections, pores you can hardly see and a radiant complexion. This is skin that you feel comfortable in, that needs daily cleansing and moisturising (don’t forget the sun protection) and isn’t really sensitive. Use our Classic Care range.

Do you have a combination skin?
This kind of skin can be normal or dry in some areas, like the cheeks, and oily in the centre from the forehead, down the nose to the chin, often called the T-zone. Combination skin can sometimes feel tight in areas, so it needs daily moisturising, but can have dilated pores, blackheads and shiny skin in places too. Combination skin needs to be kept clean to avoid blackheads and spots, but it also needs gentle care so oil production is kept under control. Depending on whether your skin is more normal or oily, use either our Classic or Purifying range.

Is your skin oily?
If you have oily skin, you may have enlarged or blocked pores and spots and breakouts, and a complexion that looks dull and shiny. Oiliness can change, depending on the time of year or the weather (for example, heat and humidity in Durban). Oily skin can also be caused by stress or hormone imbalances, typically at puberty or during pregnancy. Tips for your skin type include cleansing, but gently, ideally not more than twice a day and after you perspire heavily. Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze pimples, as this can cause sores and even dark marks and blemishes that don’t fade. Use our Purifying range.

Is your skin dry?
Dry skin can occur at any age, but is more usual when we get older. Signs that your skin is dry include having almost invisible pores, a tight, uncomfortable feeling, less elasticity and fine lines appearing around your eyes. If skin is very dry, you may have a dull, rough complexion, with red, irritated patches as your skin cries out for moisture. We recommend our Advantage range, which has richer moisturising power and anti-ageing plant extracts.


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