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#BeautyTip – Understanding Your Skin Type



Ever wondered what type of skin you have and the kind of facial care you should be investing in for your individual skin needs? This Wednesday, we drop some much-needed knowledge and share wisdom on how you can identify your skin type and better understand how to take care of it for optimum results and a radiant look.

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It goes without saying that to take care of your face and skin, you must first understand exactly what you’re dealing with. While there are a few ways to decipher your skin type from home – such as using the bare-faced test or blotting sheet method – we’ve done the work for you and list characteristics of the various skin types around.

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There are five basic types of healthy skin: normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin. It’s important to know that your skin can change throughout the years and is greatly impacted by various things such as stress, aging, skin product choice, climate and even medication.

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Take a look at the characteristics of each skin type:

Normal Skin

  • Well balanced skin that is neither oily nor dry
  • Has very few discolouration
  • Is blemish free and appears smooth

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Oily Skin

  • Easily identifiable by its shiny appearance
  • Has overactive sebum production and enlarged pores
  • Is prone to acne and blackheads

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Dry Skin

  • Is flaky, appears dry and may have red patches
  • Looks tight in appearance
  • Might appear dull, lackluster and tired
  • Lines develop easily on this skin type

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Combination Skin

  • Has both oily  and dry areas
  • Is prone to blackheads
  • Also has large pores

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Sensitive Skin

  • Has blotchy patches and redness spots
  • May have broken capillaries
  • May feel itchy

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Now that you understand which skin type you fall under, ensure that you use the right kinds of products tailored for your skin type and you’ll be well on your way to beautiful, flawless and radiantly glowing skin.

Do you know your skin type?

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Somizi Bags Blk Opl Make Up Endorsement Deal



It is an almost frequent occurrence when big brands align themselves with celebrities. It has become what most celebrities strive for. Which is understandable – we all want to secure that bag. But this partnership, was nothing close to ordinary. Choreographer, Television and Radio Personality, Reality Show Star – the “splendicious” Somgaga bagged an endorsement deal with make up brand BLK OPL. The Black Opal brand is known for celebrating individuals with a “yellow skin undertone”.

This partnership saw him becoming the first African male to be the face of a brand widely consumed by women. Either way, to most, including Busi Xaba – Head of Black Opal Marketing and PR, this partnership isn’t completely out of the ordinary. Xaba explained that make up is not limited to women but everyone who has “fire”.

“Be kind to everyone”, Somizi said. This comes after he took attendees down memory lane to when he first met Busi. It started off as just another fan asking for a picture with him. He explained that he could have easily been rude to her, but he chose not to. “And here we are today”, he added.

“We chose Somizi because he is confident and lively. He is comfortable with himself and also comfortable with wearing make up,” said Xaba.

Boity Thulo and Dineo ranaka were some of the industry peers who came to support Mhlogo. Ranaka said she was proud of Somizi for bagging a make up deal while she was still trying to get a “lip gloss endorsement”. Boity Thulo was just as excited for him.

Somizi at SAMA24

Somizi shared that he is excited to show South Africa what he is working on with the brand, and his personal make up artist – Lwazi Blose Cele aka Diva Cadach, at this year’s SAMAs – where he will be hosting the event yet again. He promises to bring more fire with several outfit changes and  “creative’ make up styles.

Asking his fiance – Mohale Motaung to come closer, he shared that the brand will also be a big part of their wedding. Unfortunately to that event, we – the media, are not invited. “If you are waiting for us to get divorced, we will invite you to that one do not worry,” Mhlongo jokingly added.

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