Unless you have a background in Latin or a degree in chemistry, reading the ingredients list on skincare products can be like reading a foreign language. That language actually has a name—it’s the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. If you remember back to early science classes where you learned about the scientific method, it’s a bit like that.
Instead of doing detective work on our skincare products, it’s a lot easier to follow the popularity vote and opt for products with a cult following, especially in the age of beauty influencers. But that’s not always the best route. As simple as it would be, there’s no one-size-fits-all skincare solution.An individualized approach is crucial to finding the right skincare products with the right ingredients for your skin. This takes a little extra time, and yes, it involves reading the ingredients list, and why not make that appointment for a skin consultation its well worth it in the end.
Know your skin type
Is the most important factor in determining what skincare products will work best for you. “There are no bad products necessarily, but sometimes people with different skin types use the wrong product for their type of skin. ou might have guessed it already, but those with acne-prone and sensitive skin need to be the most cautious with different ingredients in their skincare products. To all the oily skin types out there, you’re actually the winners here: Oily skin can handle a wider range of ingredients that can sometimes trigger breakouts or irritation to other skin types.
For oily skin: Look for products containing alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid or salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid. “These ingredients are effective at controlling excess sebum production while hyaluronic acid will produce hydration only in areas needed.
For dry skin: Look for products containing shea butter and lactic acid. “These ingredients provide hydration and mild exfoliation to keep dry skin looking radiant.
For sensitive skin: Look for products containing aloe vera, oatmeal, and shea butter. “They’re good moisturizers and they usually don’t break anyone out.
If you’re not 100 percent sure what skin type you have, it’s worth a trip into our team to confirm. Once you understand your skin type, you can start selecting your products with a little more precision.