Hannah Hartz is a Chicago-based aesthetician with 7 years’ experience. Here, Hartz shares the best skincare ingredients to look out for, according to your skin type.
Trying to read a skincare label can be as frustrating as deciphering a nearly impossible code. As consumers, we all want to be as knowledgeable as we can about making certain purchases. While it’s not necessarily imperative to know what ‘Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose’ or ‘Polysorbate 20’ translate to, there are a few household names out there that are easy to look for.
Here’s a quick guide to help you find the best ingredients, according to your skin type.
The Best Skincare Ingredients for Oily Skin
If you have an oily complexion, you’ll notice larger, more visible pores, predominantly in the forehead, nose, and cheek areas. Your skin rarely feels too tight, and you typically feel like you need a little degreasing halfway through the day. Oily skin types are also more prone to breakouts. Let’s look at some prime ingredients to keep in mind if you are an oily skin type.
A classic! Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid and is lipophilic, which means it’s attracted to the oil on your skin and in your pores. Because of this, it’s drawn right to your pores and breaks up all the gunk inside, allowing it to be cleared out. It may help reduce oiliness and safely balance out the skin.
A prime mask ingredient for oily skin types! Clays help to absorb excess oils and impurities that lead to breakouts. Some lovely clay types you might look for in your ingredient labels include Bentonite clay, Kaolin clays and French Green clays. Try masking full face or use clay as a spot treatment for those stubborn little blemishes.
Just because you have oily skin, this doesn’t exempt you from keeping your skin super hydrated!
Hyaluronic acid has been gaining lots of popularity lately – even outside the aesthetics world – and for good reason. Hyaluronic acid molecules can hold up to 1,000x their weight in water, making them an invaluable ingredient to help bind hydration. Follow with a nice light or gel formula moisturiser to lock everything in and soak in all that moisture.