Which DASH are you? Skin types and matching products explained

We are often asked for a consultation and personal recommendations of which products to use, how to use, how much and when. So here we compiled a  list of skin types and matching products/routines. Regardless of the skin type, please all read the section on normal skin, where we explain the reasons behind the recommended routines.

Normal skin: Rise and shine

If you are a normal skin girl (or guy) you are very lucky as you can pretty much use any product from our range. Normal skin is characterised by the lack of outbreaks, shiny patches, dry patches & sensitivities. Look after your skin – you want to keep it this way. After waking, splash your face with warm, then cold water to invigorate the blood flow to the skin. Spritz on some toner (e.g. Dash Lavender and cucumber hydrating face mist). This will prepare your skin, adding moisture and lowering its pH (healthy skin is naturally acidic, that means low pH). For an awesome & prolonged moisturisation apply Dash Morning moisture serum (with hyaluronic acid and sea buckthorn) all over face & neck, on its own or follow up with a moisturiser. In order to counteract drying of the delicate eye area (or if you’ve just had a sleepless night) apply Dash Cucumber eye gel around the eyes. You have a choice of moisturisers, either 1A moisturiser or the lighter Sensitive skin moisturiser. Alternatively, if you wear moisturising foundation or tinted moisturiser daily, you may choose to skip moisturiser altogether and stick to the serum alone under makeup. We do recommend applying a layer of high SPF primer (such as e.g. Clinique city block SPF 40) before make up, as most makeup goes only up to 15 SPF. Now you can face the day!

Normal skin: Night Night

Before sleeping you MUST take off all make up, we were surprised to find out how many of you ladies tell us you go to bed with make up on! This step should make it as important as brushing your teeth (you DO that, don’t you 🙂 Make up can be easily taken off by the lovely Dash Creamy cleanser (we are addicted to this stuff), smear and massage this into the whole face including eyes, and use a warm wet muslin cloth to gently remove the cleanser (alternatively wash off with warm water). The cloth really helps to add warmth to face, open pores and aid the cleanser in drawing out impurities. The idea is that oily residues on skin dissolve in the cleanser, which then washes off due to very mild facial detergent ingredient. Now you have a very clean but soft and warm face. Our 20min Vitamin face mask adds a great softening boost to tired skin and is a great weekly adjunct to the recommended beauty routine, apply liberally and leave to dry for at least 20min (some like it overnight) and wipe off gently with a wet face cloth. Apply another spritz of the Hydrating mist and after a few seconds (allowing the toner to soak in) apply a few drops of Brightening oil (for normal skin). The oil should make your face silky rather than greasy and by the morning will be completely absorbed. Make sure to apply the oil to your neck and décolleté areas too. If you really don’t like oils, or fancy alternating, you can use the same moisturiser as in the morning, your choice. Finally, should you have a blemish, a breakout or a spot trying to come out, apply a dab of antiseptic Emergency oil in the evening.

To summarise – Normal skin products:

Morning
Lavender and cucumber hydrating face mist, followed by
Morning moisture serum ± Cooling cucumber eye gel, followed by
(optional) 1a moisturiser for dry skin or Sensitive skin moisturiser followed by
sunscreen

Anytime
1-2 x week: 20 min vitamin skin mask
Emergency oil on cuts, blemishes or irritations

Evening
Creamy cleanser (washed with cloth), followed by
Lavender and cucumber hydrating face mist, followed by
Brightening oil (or 1a moisturiser for dry skin or Sensitive skin moisturiser)

Oily or Problem skin

If you have oily skin, follow the above routine but replace Brightening oil for Rebalancing oil specially designed for oilier skin. Briefly, oils are beneficial for oily skin (helping normalize excessive oil production), as confirmed by the claims from our many very satisfied customers. Oily skins tend to suffer from breakouts or acne on face or neck area. Use Emergency oil on the blemish itself as and when it occurs. If you regularly have breakouts, we recommend using Dash Problem skin serum every night (instead of Rebalancing oil) or at least until skin is normalized. In the morning, you are best to use the Lavender and cucumber hydrating mist, then Morning moisture serum and Cucumber eye gel, and you might prefer to leave it at that. (But do follow up by sunscreen!). If you would like to use moisturiser (morning or evening) our Sensitive skin moisturiser is recommended.

To summarise – Oily/Problem skin products

Morning
Lavender and cucumber hydrating face mist, followed by
Morning moisture serum ± Cooling cucumber eye gel, followed by
(optional) Sensitive skin moisturiser

Anytime
Emergency oil on cuts, blemishes or irritations

Evening
Creamy cleanser (washed with cloth), followed by
Lavender and cucumber hydrating face mist, followed by
Rebalancing oil or Problem skin serum (or Sensitive skin moisturiser), followed by
sunscreen

Thirsty (dry, dehydrated) skin

For dry skin, we need nourishing and hydration. You should definitely use Lavender and cucumber hydrating mist, Morning moisture serum (+ Cucumber eye gel) followed by 1A Moisturiser, followed by sunscreen. Your evening routing should be as for the normal skin but use Nourishing oil for dry skin and/or Mature skin serum – those two can be used interchangeably, for example 3-4 x per week each, but a lot of our friends really like to use the Mature serum on a daily basis. Which is fine! If you have very dry skin, you must cleanse in the evening and take all of your make up off, though.

To summarise – dehydrated skin products

Morning
Lavender and cucumber hydrating face mist, followed by
Morning moisture serum ± Cooling cucumber eye gel, followed by
(optional) 1a moisturiser for dry skin or Sensitive skin moisturiserfollowed by
sunscreen

Anytime
1-2 x week: 20 min vitamin skin mask
Emergency oil on cuts, blemishes or irritations

Evening
Creamy cleanser (washed with cloth), followed by
Lavender and cucumber hydrating face mist, followed by
Nourishing oil for dry skin or Mature skin serum (or 1a moisturiser for dry skin)

Sensitive Souls

If you have very sensitive skin, prone to reactions and allergies, you need to test everything before you slap on your face. We are happy to provide samples and, when appropriate, will endeavor to create a version of our products without a particular preservative or essential oil, so do ask. Testing is best achieved by applying a dab of product behind your ear or in the crook of the elbow and waiting for a while to see if any irritation. Even if that’s ok, it’s still not guaranteed that it will work out on face. Try using Sensitive skin moisturiser or our brand new Salicylate free moisturiser (recently created for a friend who is allergic to salicylic acid – this stuff occurs naturally in many oils and ingredients). You should also avoid the serums and stick to the Gentle Sensitive skin oil for the evening. Unfortunately some people with very reactive skin find the only thing that works for them is something like Vaseline, which is extremely inert (but petroleum based), and thus we don’t like to use in products. Other things to try are coconut or sesame oils on their own – happy to give you a sample to try.

To summarise – sensitive skin products

Morning
Sensitive skin moisturiserfollowed by
sunscreen 

Evening
Creamy cleanser (washed with cloth), followed by
Gentle Sensitive skin oil or Sensitive skin moisturiser

Enquire (or email us at info@dashskincare.co.uk) about the price of essential oil-free version of any of our products. We can also work with you regarding special requirements e.g. attempt to change the type preservative or ingredient in a product. 

Hey Guys

Guys, you should use Close Shave for shaving and After Shave moisture lotion for afters. The moisture lotion can be used as a regular moisturiser on days you are not shaving too. It is lovely and good for your skin, but not too greasy. If you worried about wrinkles or not getting enough hydration, use the Morning moisture serum under the After Shave moisturiser (or on its own) – it won’t make you smell too girly and it is wonderfully hydrating. You may want to use one of the evening oils – depending on your skin type, unlikely that you’ll need Nourishing oil for dry skin as men’s skin is rarely that dry. So best stick to the normal skin (Brightening oil) or Rebalancing oil for oily skin.

To summarise – products for men

Morning
Lavender and cucumber hydrating face mist, followed by
Morning moisture serum ± Cooling cucumber eye gel, followed by
(optional) Close Shave for shaving, followed by
After Shave moisture lotion

Anytime
Emergency oil on cuts, blemishes or irritations

Evening
(optional) Creamy cleanser (washed with cloth), followed by
Lavender and cucumber hydrating face mist, followed by
Brightening oil or Rebalancing oil