I test beauty products and write about my findings, but not every product can make the cut to get a review, so I would like to elaborate on my skin type and conditions that I am targeting when it comes to what kind of product I will feature.

Having been a beauty therapy student, I have learned a lot about skin, and especially a lot about my own. I'm a really baby-faced adult person, which gets me carded a lot, and will be very odd when I hit my 30s (in 2018), but will allow me to retain my youthful appearance in later years. This is mostly genetic and coincidental – I don't have wrinkles yet, but I have freckles to boot.

My skin does not hold water well, so it can sometimes look very dull and crepey. I like to use brightening ingredients such as Vitamin C and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to give my skin a glow. Having less than nominal oil production means I benefit from thicker, humectant and oil rich formulations. I also switch up between chemical and physical exfoliants, depending on the occasion. Lactic Acid is my go-to AHA. I avoid using Retinoids in my routine.

Always. Wear. Sunscreen.

Do you like my moon tan?

Products that are suited to my skin and what I actually like to use may not always be logically compatible, however, formulas vary and a product designed for oily skin could just be the product I need at the time.

Skin Specs:
Fitzpatrick: I-II very pale, olive undertone 
Skin Type: Dry/Combination with normal oil flow in T-zone
Texture: Thin and delicate, fine lines apparent when dehydrated
Concerns: Pigmentation (freckles), fine lines, dark circles, dullness, maintaining hydration
Conditions: Malar rash (Lupus related erythema across the checks and nose), Dermatitis (photo/contact/heat related), dehydration, milia, papules (seldom), congestion (seldom)
Body: Dry, striae, loss of elastin from weight fluctuation, prone to dermatitis from exposure to sun, heat and fluorescent lighting 

Not having a product formulation bias is also something that resonates with how I choose products. I like natural beauty made from food grade ingredients and botanicals, and I don't have a problem with safe synthetic molecules that some tend to demonize. Ingredients and formulas are what draw me to a product. I stop at snail slime!

What happens if I come across a product that doesn't work, even if it is designed for my skin type or concerns? I simply tell it like it is; if the product doesn't work, or under performs, it's not a negativity thing, it's just transparency that I am critical about subjective matters where objectivity is the purpose (we all know that beauty products can be very subjective). If I receive a PR sample of a product I know will not work for me, I may ask other bloggers who may benefit from the product to give me their thoughts (or post on their own platform) and I will feature it. It's only fair that a product doesn't go to waste sitting in a drawer, otherwise, products are shared with family & friends, or donated to charity.

Makeup is a whole different story, but it's almost deplorable when a product has been given the shade name “fair” and is suited to a Fitzpatrick II-III and a “dark” that would only suit III-IV, so of course, my frustrations lie within retail being responsible for only catering to a certain demographic of skin colour (the II-III, and sometimes IV range) where the very fair and dark skinned individuals have to spend more money to get the shade and undertone appropriate for them.

Learn more about the Fitzpatrick Scale here.

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