What to look for if you have dry skin

When it comes to searching for the ideal skincare products, it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that one of the most important factors to consider is skin type.

Each individual’s skin is unique and this is reflected in how different chemicals and ingredients can react to us. For some people, a particular skincare routine may work great. For others, the same products and methods may show no results, or perhaps even cause breakouts and allergies.

It’s not because a specific product is bad as such, but because it’s just not made for that type of skin – and this is why understanding what you need and finding suitable ingredients can be essential.

What to look for if you have dry skin

The causes of dry skin vary greatly; ranging from genetics, to environment. The good news is that whatever the reason, there are several skincare products that can help you – and more specifically, a number of ingredients that are great for dry skin.

When it comes to your skincare routine, products that can help to improve hydration should be at the top of your list. Some of the best ingredients to keep in mind include:

• Aloe vera
• Ceramides
• Hyaluronic acid
• Lactic acid

What to look for if you have oily skin

While oily skin isn’t something that you would necessarily choose to have, this skin type is generally seen as the best all round, as it can typically handle a variety of ingredients (especially ones that may not be recommended or ideal for everyone).

If you fall into this category, you may want to look for products that can help to regulate oil production. Some of the best ingredients for oily skin include:

• Alpha hydroxyl acids
• Benzoyl peroxide
• Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
• Retinol

What to look for if you have sensitive skin

As the name suggests, sensitive skin is the one you should be most cautious with. If you have acne-prone and sensitive skin, it’s often wise to take the time to do a bit of research into which ingredients you should attempt to avoid at all costs, as well as those that are worth keeping to hand.

Some of the best ingredients for sensitive skin include:

• Azelaic acid (a good alternative to benzoyl peroxide)
• Bakuchiol (a good alternative to retinol)
• Witch hazel (a good alternative to salicylic acid)
• Jojoba oil (a good alternative to coconut oil)

How to tell what’s right for you

Sometimes, understanding what your skin needs won’t always be an easy task. If you’re unsure of what skin type you have and don’t know what products will be best for you, it might be worth paying a visit to a dermatologist. It can also be a wise idea to pick trusted, high-quality brands if you’re trying to find the best solution to your skin problems without too much hassle.

Once you’re certain about what it is you’re looking for, you might just find that picking the right skincare products is considerably easier.


Pippa Ashton
Pippa Ashton

I'm a fully qualified Beautician and a practitioner of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures. Having worked in the beauty industry since 2011 I have gained a lot of experience and gone on to become a published expert in a wide range of matters concerning health, beauty and nutrition.

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