How to pick the right skincare ingredient for your skin type

Written by Nida SayyedFeb 15, 2022

Have you ever tried a product that your friend suggested and didn’t end up liking it? That is because everyone’s skin is different and skincare is subjective. What makes your friend’s skin glow might end up causing breakouts on your face. So, the question arises - what is the right skin care product for you? We’ll tell you! Here are some ingredients you need in your skincare depending on your skin type. And if it’s still confusing, we’ve also thrown in some product recommendations just for you.

Oily skin

We all have sebaceous glands under our pores that produce natural oils called sebum. The job of these natural oils is to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. But for some people, the sebum production is excessive. This could happen for a number of reasons such as your age, genetics, the environment and weather around, wrong skincare products etc.

There are certain ingredients you need to incorporate into your skincare routine if you want to control the uninvited shine on your face. Products infused with clay work wonders for oily skin. Bentonite, kaolin and french clay are a few of the best for oily skin. Clays have the ability to soak up oil and leave your skin looking fresh and matte. The Lakmé 9to5 Vitamin C Clay Mask unites the best skincare ingredients to give you the skin of your dreams. The base clay formulation of this mask is a mix of kaolin and bentonite (what a win) and it also contains vitamin C to make your skin brighter!

Niacinamide is another brilliant ingredient you need asap. Niacinamide is claimed to absorb excess oil. Use a niacinamide serum like the Simple Booster Serum - 10% Niacinamide to keep excess oil at bay. Aside from reducing sebum secretion on the surface, this hero ingredient also gently exfoliates and improves skin texture.


Dry skin

Contrary to oily skin, sebum production is limited in those with dry skin. It can happen due to multiple reasons. It van also happen if you use over-stripping products that wash away the natural oils from your skin. Out of all skin types, dry skin usually starts developing premature wrinkles and fine lines.

For dry skin, you need some ultra-moisturising and heavy-duty products. Moisturisers with glycerin work well for people with dry skin. Glycerin has been used for decades and generations for its nourishing and healing qualities.  

Another marvel ingredient for dry skin is vitamin E. It neutralises free radicals in your skin and regulates sebum production. When applied topically, it also moisturises skin and keeps it feeling soft and plump. And most of all, vitamin E helps fight ageing and skin texture.

If you have dry skin, try the Pond’s Light Moisturiser Non-Oily Fresh Feel With Vitamin E + Glycerine. A fabulous product with both ingredients recommended for dry skin. This can be used during the day and night. It provides a boost of moisture to your skin without making it look greasy.


Dehydrated skin

This is often confused or synonymously used with dry skin. However, dry skin and dehydrated skin are different. Dry skin lacks moisture and natural oils, whereas dehydrated skin lacks hydration and water in skin cells. It could be due to lack of water intake, dry climate and wrong skincare.

What dehydrated skin needs in their skincare routine is a good humectant aka water retainer. Humectants are ingredients that have spectacular powers to hold water molecules down in your skin cells. This promotes healthy cell movement and keeps your skin hydrated.

One of the most adored and recommended solutions is hyaluronic acid. The internet unanimously agrees that this ingredient is a must-have in everyone’s collection. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most potent humectants out there. Our product recommendation for you is the Simple Booster Serum - 3% Hyaluronic Acid + B5 It contains 0.5% active hyaluronic acid and 2.5% proactive vitamin B5 for maximum hydration for up to 72 hours! All you need to do is ensure to use it the right way.

Our second ingredient choice for dehydrated skin is aloe vera gel. Similar to the previous pick, aloe vera gel also retains water in your skin cells. And additionally, aloe vera gel helps cool down irritated and inflamed skin. The Lakmé 9 to 5 Naturale Aloe Aqua Gel is a non-sticky formula with 100% real aloe vera.

Combination skin

Combination skin is a mix of oily and dry. If you have combination skin, you will notice that certain portions of your face look oily within a few hours while the rest is normal. Or, some spots might be feeling too dry and tight and some feel normal.

Retinol is a great ingredient for such skin types. Retinol goes deep into your cells and neutralises imbalance. This helps bridge the difference in skin textures. Try the Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil For Acne-prone Skin. It not only helps with combination skin but is also a fantastic product for acne-prone skin. It improves skin texture and gives you glowing, youthful skin.