A Definitive Guide To The Best Ingredients To Use Based On Skin Concerns

Written by Urvi DalalSep 16, 2023
A definitive guide to the best ingredients to use based on skin concerns

If you’ve been using the same cleanser and moisturiser throughout the year and have been doing so since high school, girl, stop RN! It is really important to switch up your skincare products to keep up with the ever-changing needs of your skin. More so because the ingredients in your skincare routine play a major role in helping you deal with existing skin issues and stop new ones from popping up. Therefore, it’s ideal to be mindful of the ingredients in your skincare routine for optimal results.

Here are the ingredients you should look for based on your skin concerns.


Open pores

Signs of ageing

People with open pores usually also have to deal with blackheads and whiteheads. To eliminate these issues, you must use products with lactic acid as they help to gently exfoliate the skin and unclog the pores. Using clay or charcoal-based face mask helps to draw out impurities, prevents the pores from clogging and helps retexturize the skin. Lastly, including a salicylic cleanser will help to control excess sebum production, thereby preventing acne and other oily skin-related issues.

BB picks: Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Mineral Clay Mask


Dark spots and pigmentation

Signs of ageing

The best ingredient that helps to fight dark spots and pigmentation is vitamin C. Using a vitamin C serum will not only help lighten the spots but also make your skin appear brighter and clearer. Additionally, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 PA+++ or more and one that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide will make a huge difference in the appearance of those spots. Also, glycolic acid is a great ingredient to slow down melanin production and prevent dark spots from reappearing.


Dull skin

Signs of ageing

There are a host of ingredients that help fight dull skin woes, but vitamin C definitely tops the list. The antioxidant benefits of this ingredients prevent oxidative damage, lightens dark spots and gives you a lit-from-within glow. Azelaic acid, which helps to lighten pigmented skin and get rid of uneven skin texture, is another great ingredient to add to your skincare routine.

BB picks: Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum Brightening Vitamin C Serum


Signs of ageing

Signs of ageing

Collagen is one of the first ingredients you need to include in your skincare routine to combat premature signs of ageing and keep your skin tight and firm. Retinol helps to increase cell turnover and transforms your skin by banishing wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of ageing. Another great ingredient to look for is ceramides; it strengthens your skin’s barrier function and helps to seal in hydration keeping skin soft, supple and moisturised.

BB picks: Pond's Age Miracle Wrinkle Corrector Day Cream SPF 18 PA+++

Urvi Dalal

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Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!


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