The Science Behind Skincare: How to Understand Your Skin's Needs

It's common knowledge that the skin is the largest organ in the human body. But did you know that it acts as a protective barrier against UV rays, pollutants and pathogens? That it helps to regulate our body temperature? That is helps to maintain hydration in our bodies? There really is so much more to your skin, than how it simply looks! So just like any other organ in the body, the skin has it's own set of needs to keep it healthy and ensure it functions properly.

Get to understand your skins needs, before you develop a personalised skincare routine.

Skin type

Essentially there are four basic skin types. These include dry, oily, combination and sensitive. Determine your skin type so that you can find products developed to suit your skin. Get to know your skin type here


Consider your age so that you can understand what your skin needs and what products will suit those needs. Because as we age, our skin not only changes in its appearance, but also its function. For example, maturing skin produces less collagen and elastin, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. Get to know more about collagen and elastin here, or, discover the top 3 ingredients for maturing skin here. We're making ourselves feel old here, but maturing skin really is considered anywhere from 30!


The environment you live in can have a massive impact on your skin. The likes of air pollution, UV rays, temperature, humidity and wind can all affect your skin. That's why it's important to protect your skin from the sun everyday with an SPF, and to find skincare products that fight free radical damage too. Find out more about the role of antioxidant ingredients in skincare here


Whether you realise it or not, your lifestyle habits (diet, exercise, sleep) impact your skin's health. We talk all things stress, sleep, hydration and exercise here. Be sure to consider how your lifestyle is affecting you

Skin goals

Some people call them 'concerns', but we like to think of them as goals. Consider any specific skin goals you may have, so that you can find products designed to assist or treat them specifically. Skin goals might include assisting acne, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, and so on. We show you the easiest way to match your skin goal to our RAWKANVAS products, here


So, by considering all of these factors, you can understand your skin and design a skincare routine that's tailored to your skin's needs. This may mean adjusting your lifestyle habits, addressing environmental challenges, and choosing products for your skin type, goals and age.