I was chatting with uber-facialist Linda Meredith yesterday and during the course of our conversation she managed to persuade me that skin care shouldn’t be categorised by ‘type’.
She was characteristically blunt, telling me that nowadays companies place far too much emphasis on defining skin, and not enough on solving the myriad problems any one face may be facing/educating people about how to treat mutable skin. Linda was called to Madonna and the Duchess of Cornwall’s aid before their weddings, so it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about this skincare lark.
I looked back through my treatment masks and found that my eclectic collection reflected her wisdom – I have masks claiming to be for dry skin, oily skin, combination skin and sensitised skin and use them all as and when needed. Sometimes I’ll use two at once (clay on my nose, hyaluronic on my cheeks) and sometimes one after the other (an exfoliating then moisturising mask provides an excellent pre-party complexion boost).
Confused on which masks to accrue so you have an arsenal to pep up your skin whatever it’s up to? Start with Decleor’s Aroma Purete 2 in 1 Purifying & Oxygenating Mask – it is a mask that makes all skin happier regardless of ‘type’. Granted, it really goes to town on absorbing excess sebum and tightening pores, but it isn’t drying, and contains jojoba spheres to enhance radiance and bamboo to help moisturise and regenerate.
If I just feel a little dull and dreary of complexion, I pop a bit of this on while in the bath then buff it off with a muslin cloth. Underneath, my skin is always a little clearer, calmer, plumper, softer and a whole lot more radiant, so it’s ideal if your skin can be sensitive, red, spotty, dry and a little dull. Now THAT would be a long skin type label.