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Ace your skincare when armed with the right knowledge of your skin type

We all know that certain someone whose skin exudes flawless radiance, and no matter how much we try to follow their skincare routine, we just can’t seem get our skin to look like theirs. Truth be told, we all have that glow potential—but different skin types require different skincare, which means what might work for someone else, may not necessarily work for you.

Today, we are here to help by sharing with you the different skin types, and how you can best treat them either in the comfort of your home, or with treatments in the salon. Many people do not have a good understanding of their skin type, resulting in poor decisions when choosing beauty treatments and skincare products. The usage of unsuitable treatments and products may also aggravate existing underlying problems that your skin has. It is therefore absolutely necessary for you to know your skin type to enjoy the full benefits of your skincare regime.

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Knowing Your Skin Type

There are five basic skin types: Normal, Oily, Dry, Combination and Sensitive. Each skin type has unique characteristics and require specific treatments and/or products.


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Your skin is considered to be normal when your glands produce just the right amount of sebum and sweat (Lucky you!).

Characteristics of Normal Skin: Clear, soft and smooth texture, well-hydrated, good skin elasticity, glowing and rosy complexion which is indicative of good circulation. This skin type requires minimal care: Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser and Sunscreen.

We recommend

ést.lab SunShield SPF 50 for an all-rounded UVA + UVB protection. It contains Vitamins C and E for brightening and anti-ageing goodness too! Suitable for outdoor use, this is a waterproof sunscreen that can withstand the outdoor heat and sweat

ést.lab SunShield Aqua SPF 50 is the perfect indoor alternative. This lightweight non-comodegenic formula will not only protect you from harmful UVA + UVB protection, it also doubles up as a moisturiser as it comes packed with hyaluronic acid!


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A common skin type amongst teenagers, oily skin can be caused by many factors. You could be facing excess sebum production due to your hormones. Or it could be due to a lack of hydration, which would result in your oil glands releasing more sebum to keep your skin feeling “moisturised”.

Characteristics of Oily Skin: Looks and feels greasy, thick and coarse texture, enlarged pores, frequent breakouts, and a dull complexion.

Oily skin can be a challenge to deal with. Cleanse your skin daily with a gentle cleanser as using harsh products will strip your skin’s natural protective barrier which will then stimulate your skin into producing more oil (We don’t want that at all!). Did you know that oily skin may also appear dry? Too much sebum production can impair the skin’s outer layer. When pores become clogged, the oil is unable to reach the outer layer to lubricate the skin.

We recommend

ést.lab PurClear Normalising Cream to control excessive sebum production and maintain pH balance for that matte finish on your skin! Not only that, it will also provide the skin with the optimum hydration it requires.

ést.lab PurClear Nano Silver AG+ Essence is an antibacterial soothing gel that clears & prevents the formation of acne & blackheads effectively, and can help to calm and soothe red and inflamed skin.


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Did you know that dry skin is a result of your genetic makeup? This means that dry skin, is essentially a condition that cannot be reversed, unlike dehydrated skin.

Characteristics of Dry Skin: Looks sallow, flaky, feels tight and uncomfortable after cleansing, wrinkles and expression lines develop easily. It is more prone to premature ageing, hyper-pigmentation, and hyper-sensitivity. One upside is that your pores are fine and almost invisible! However, with proper skincare it is not difficult to battle this dryness and keep your skin well-hydrated.

We recommend

ést.lab ActivCalm Ultra-Calm Serum is an award winning serum which contains ECOCert® certified organic double plant extracts to repair sensitised, inflamed fragile skin and strengthens skin’s immunity to restore skin to its optimal health.

ést.lab ActivCalm Anti-Stress Hydra Cream helps to soothe and repair hyper-sensitive, fragile skin. It also provides optimal moisturising and repairing benefits for dry, dehydrated skin.


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Most people have combination skin type, where the most common combination is dehydrated skin with an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin). Combination skin is more complicated to resolve due to the different treatments and products required for different problem areas.

We recommend

Estetica’s Dual Ampoule Facial, that customises 2 different ampoules (a highly concentrated treatment essence) and 2 different treatment masks for different parts of your face to ensure that your skin needs are duly met.


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Lately, we’ve seen an increase in the number of urbanites with sensitive skin condition, attributed mainly to the rise in air pollution and internal stress factors.

Characteristics of Sensitive Skin: Thin and finely textured, may flush easily from temperature changes and when exposed to external elements such as chemicals and pollutants, more prone to dryness, itchiness and redness. As your skin is highly reactive and delicate, it needs extra care and special attention. Taking care of sensitive skin requires patience and often warrants the use of products marked “hypo-allergenic” and “fragrance-free”.

We recommend

Estetica’s Biopure Facial, which was recently awarded Best Detoxing Facial for City Skin in CLEO’s Clear Skin Awards. It is specifically adapted to address the effects of pollution on the skin, cleansing it and enabling your skin to breathe better. BIOPURE has been developed for all city-dwelling urbanites in search of fresh air, anxious to detoxify their skin.

We’re having a promotion for first time customers of Estetica, where you can enjoy the treatment at just $98 (U.P. $250)!

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Here’s a summary of these 5 skin types:

Besides proper skincare treatments and products, making the right lifestyle choices can also affect our skin positively!

Now that you are armed with the right knowledge, you too, can achieve that glowing skin! And if you should need any further advice on your skin type, feel free to drop by any of our 7 studios islandwide for a complimentary skin analysis with our friendly staff!

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