Whatís your complexion?

Choosing skincare that really works for you is a matter first of determining what you are working with. Just as an athlete needs different nutrition from a desk-worker, so skin has particular needs based on its natural features.

So, to find out what your skin needs, first observe and identify the main features of your skin yourself. Is your skin smooth or can you see the beginning of wrinkles? Does your skin often feel dry and tight, or do you notice it becoming oily as the day goes on? Have you got skin that is usually comfortable or does it react and become irritated with different products ? Based on these attributes, you can determine what your complexion is and how to care best for it.

It is important to know that skin type is not fixed and unchanging. Factors such as changing hormones during puberty or pregnancy, external weather conditions or your own age will see your skin looking different from time to time. Even by the time you reach your thirties you will have noticed that your skin doesnít always react the way it used to when you were a teenager. Extremes in the weather, heated indoor environments, stressful life events and sleep patterns will all make a difference. Good skincare is partly a matter of skin-awareness, so that you can give your skin what it needs at different times.

Weleda uses nine skin types to help determine which skincare would suit you best. Use our do-it-yourself test to see which best matches your skin just now.

Self-test: what's your complexion?

  1. Wash your face with mild soap and pat dry.
  2. Let the skin settle down without using any products or make-up.
  3. With a magnifying mirror look closely at the structure of your facial skin. Notice how it feels and how it has reacted to the simple act of washing.
  4. Read carefully the description of the nine skin types and decide which best describes you. Your skin does not need to present all the characteristics from the list to match a particular skin type.

Skin type 1: normal skin

  • Your skin has a fine skin texture and even skin tone
  • The skin feels soft and springy to the touch
  • There are few visible pores and spots

Your Weleda daily facial care:

Cleanse twice a day with Gentle Cleansing Milk and Refreshing Facial Tonic, or One Step Cleanser and Toner. Remove eye makeup with Almond Soothing Facial Oil. Moisturise in the morning with Iris Hydrating Day Cream and evening with Iris Hydrating Night Cream OR, if the first lines are showing round your eyes and mouth, then moisturise with Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream and Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream instead.

Skin type 2: sensitive skin

  • The skin feels irritated and itchy
  • The skin reacts quickly to touch or temperature changes
  • There are red spots visible
  • There are fine red veins visible

Your Weleda daily facial care:

Cleanse daily with Almond Soothing Cleansing Milk. Remove eye makeup with Almond Soothing Facial Oil. Use Almond Soothing Facial Cream day and night, possibly with Almond Soothing Facial Oil as night care if your skin feels really dry.

Skin type 3: oily and/or blemished skin

  • The pores are visible dilated
  • The skin shows pimples and blackheads
  • The skin is shiny

Your Weleda daily facial care:

Cleanse daily with Aknedoron Cleansing Lotion. Dot pimples and blackheads with Aknedoron Purifying Lotion. Remove eye makeup with Almond Soothing Facial Oil. Use Almond Soothing Light Moisturiser morning and evening as required.

Skin Type 4: dry or very dry skin

  • Your skin feels dry, thin or tight
  • There are red spots or flakes visible
  • The skin shows lines or cracks

Your Weleda daily facial care:

Cleanse daily with Almond Soothing Cleansing Milk. Remove eye makeup with Almond Soothing Facial Oil. Use Iris Hydrating Day Cream in the morning and Iris Hydrating Night Cream at bedtime.

Skin type 5: combination skin

  • The skin of the forehead, nose and chin has the characteristics of oily skin
  • The rest of the skin is normal or dry

Your Weleda daily facial care:

Cleanse daily with Almond Soothing Cleansing Milk. Remove eye makeup with Almond Soothing Facial Oil. Use Iris Hydrating Facial Lotion morning and evening.

Skin type 6: normal to oily skin with the first lines

  • The skin has visible pores and shine
  • You can see fine expression lines around eyes and mouth, especially when you smile

Your Weleda daily facial care:

Cleanse daily with Gentle Cleansing Milk and Refreshing Facial Tonic or One Step Cleanser and Toner. Remove eye makeup with Almond Soothing Facial Oil. Use Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Lotion morning and evening.

Skin type 7: dry skin with the first lines

  • The skin feels dry and slightly taut
  • You can see fine expression lines around your eyes and mouth, especially when you smile

Your Weleda daily facial care:

Cleanse daily cleansing Almond Soothing Cleansing Milk. Remove eye makeup with Almond Soothing Facial Oil. Use Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream in the morning and Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream at bedtime, possibly with a few added drops of Wild Rose Body Oil if your skin is very dry to the touch. Apply Wild Rose Smoothing Eye Cream gently around the eyes, once or twice a day.

Skin type 8: mature skin

  • There are visible lines or wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, even when you arenít smiling
  • The creases between the nose and mouth are visibly deeper
  • The skin around your eyes is visibly thinner and doesnít spring back when moved
  • There are fine red veins visible
  • Your skin looks a bit dull

Your Weleda daily facial care:

Cleanse daily with Gentle Cleansing Milk and Refreshing Facial Tonic or One Step Cleanser and Toner. Remove eye makeup with Almond Soothing Facial Oil. Use Pomegranate Firming Day Cream in the morning and Pomegranate Firming Night Cream at bedtime. Before moisturising, apply Pomegranate Firming Serum morning and evening, avoiding the eye area. Around the eyes use a small amount of Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream.

Skin type 9: ageing skin

  • There are deeper wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, and perhaps in other parts of your face
  • Your skin has become thinner and less elastic, and may look dull
  • Your facial contours are less sharply defined
  • Your skin feels drier and may be extra sensitive
  • Pigmentation marks are beginning to show

Your Weleda daily facial care:

Cleanse daily with Gentle Cleansing Milk and Refreshing Facial Tonic or One Step Cleanser and Toner. If your skin is very sensitive, use Almond Soothing Cleansing Milk. Eye makeup removal is best done with Almond Soothing Facial Oil. In the morning apply Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Day Cream and at bedtime Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Night Cream. The contours of eyes and lips should be cared for with Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Eye and Lip Cream, and use NEW Evening Primrose Age Revitalising Oily Concentrate for an intensive boost to your skin.

Once youíve defined the skin type which best matches how you are now, you can move on to our specific feature pages, advising you how to care best for your own skin.