Expert Advice - What Skin Type Do I Have?

December 17, 2014

When it comes to your grooming regimen, having the latest and greatest products is one thing, but knowing whether or not they are the right fit for your specific needs is another.

If you're going to get the most out of your grooming routine, you need to make sure that you're using high quality products that are the right products for you.

With that in mind, we here at Regal Gentleman have taken it upon ourselves to give you the information you need to keep your pores the picture of perfection and your tresses tamed in a new, special feature series called ‘Expert Advice’.

In each edition, we will be seeking out top professionals within the grooming industry and getting them to share some of their expert knowledge with you. 


We thought we would start with a topic which has concerned both us, and countless other gents over the years: identifying your skin type. With this in mind, our first post in the series is with the UK Country Manager of Sothys, Graham Clarke.  

Graham has been in the skincare industry for nearly 10 years and his experience is second to none. So for all you gentlemen not sure if you have a dry, oily or maybe even combination skin, read on, and find out exactly what type of skin is gracing your face. 



Graham Clarke (Sothys UK Country Manger) – How to Identify your Skin Type. 

To find out what skin type you have take a good look at yourself in the mirror and check off the following skin type indicators;


Normal Skin Type

Normal skin is not too dry and not too oily. It has:

  • No or few imperfections
  • No severe sensitivity
  • Barely visible pores
  • A healthy complexion


Combination Skin Type

A combination skin type can be dry or normal in some areas and oily in others, such as the T-zone (nose, forehead, and chin). Many people have combination skin, which may benefit from slightly different types of skin care in different areas.

Combination skin can produce:

  • Visibly larger pores
  • Blackheads
  • Shiny skin
  • Occasional dry patches


Dry Skin Type

 Dry skin can produce:

  • Almost invisible or linear pores
  • Dull, rough complexion
  • Red patches
  • Less elasticity – which means that there will almost certainly be some sagginess in certain areas of your face


Oily Skin Type

Oily skin can produce:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Dull or shiny, thick complexion
  • Blackheads, pimples, or other blemishes


Sensitive Skin Type

If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. You may have sensitive skin for a variety of reasons, but often it's in response to particular skin care products.

Sensitive skin can show up as:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness


Graham’s Top Tip - The best way to find exactly what type of skin you have is to visit a local spa/salon and ask if you can book in for a skincare consultation. Although these are normally carried out prior to every facial, some salons do offer this as a separate service.


Hopefully, you are now a bit clearer on which skin type it is that you have, or you're ready to book yourself in for a consultation to get yourself some further advice.

But if you do have any more questions that haven't been answered you can always have a read of our very own skin grooming guide, or head over to Twitter now and tweet us @grahamSOTHYSUK @regalgentleman for some more expert advice. 

From all of us here at Regal Gentleman and Sothys, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas a Happy New Year!

Regal Gentleman & Graham Clarke.



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