Figure out your skin type and your perfect skincare match. 

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 to get our skin looking 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 the right skincare products and beauty treatments that suit your particular skin type. Many people do not have a good understanding of their skin, resulting in poor decisions when choosing skincare, which 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.

Knowing Your Skin Type

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


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 has a colour-adaptive technology that blends with your skin tone for a natural “no makeup makeup look”! It also contains Vitamins C and E for brightening and anti-ageing goodness! Suitable for outdoor use, this is a water-resistant sunscreen that can withstand the outdoor heat and sweat. P.S. The newly reformulated SunShield has an anti-blue light filter to protect the skin against premature ageing, which makes this a great choice for those who are constantly glued to their computer screens and mobile phones!

ést.lab SunShield Aqua SPF 50 is the perfect indoor alternative. Its water-based, lightweight formula not only protects you from harmful UVA + UVB rays, it is also non-comedogenic so it will not clog your pores! Best part? It comes packed with hyaluronic acid and its slight pinkish tint makes it the perfect makeup base.


Oily skin, a common skin type amongst teenagers, 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! In addition, it will also provide your 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.


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 VitaLift A+ Cellular Repair Serum contains AQUAXYL a moisturising agent derived from natural botanical sources which helps to maintain the balance between the skin’s trans-epidermal water loss and epidermal water content. This helps to prevent loss of moisture, and hydrates parched skin.

ést.lab VitaLift A+ Cellular Ultra Repair Cream which won the award for “Best Night Cream for Dry Skin” in The Singapore Women’s Weekly Beauty Awards is a multi-tasking moisturiser to repair, renew, smoothen, nourish and brighten your skin. With SK-INFLUX®, it also helps to repair damaged or sensitised skin, locking in moisture effectively for softer, more supple skin!


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.


Lately, we’ve seen an increase in the number of urbanites with sensitive skin condition, and this could be a buildup of many different factors, ranging from the pollution we face, to our body’s own microbiome.

Characteristics of Dehydrated, 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 Biologic Defense Facial is a specialised treatment which rebalances the skin’s microbiome with essential nutrients to nourish the microorganisms in the dermis. This helps to improve the skin’s immune system, protect it against external aggressors such as bacteria, parasites, pollution and UV-rays, and stave off dryness and inflammation. It also includes the use of the Premedikl Rose Jade Drain Roller to stimulate cellular metabolism, blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. The result? Radiant, hydrated skin with a strengthened self-defence system!

Here’s a summary of these 5 skin types:

Now that you are armed with the right knowledge, you too can achieve healthy, glowing skin! And if you need any further advice on your skin type, feel free to drop by any of our 7 studios islandwide for a complimentary skin analysis worth $68 with purchase of any facial treatment. You have the chance to experience our newest, state-of-the-art skin diagnosis tool – the Professional SkinTech Analysis Machine. Powered by Artificial Intelligence, it harnesses the use of 3 light functions – RGB Visible Light, PL Polarised Light and UV Spectrum Imaging Technology to measure 10 different skin dimensions. 

Discover your true skin age and the future of your skin with Smart Predictive Ageing Technology! Find out your skin’s identity today at any Estetica Beauty Studios islandwide

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