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The Best Ingredients for Each Skin Type

The beauty world is a buzzy place and month on month, new exciting ingredients and formulations are released, muddying the water of what ingredients are worth investing in and, more importantly, if they are beneficial for your specific skin condition or type. 

We’re here to cut through the noise and give you the information so you can make an informed and confident decision on what ingredients to incorporate into your routine. So scroll down and find your specific skin needs and take note of what, and what not to use

If you have Dry Skin

Dry skin is a lack of oil present in the skin which leads to a loss of moisture, increased transepidermal water loss, and a scaly, flakey appearance and feel. When it comes to dry skin, your focus should be on replenishing lost moisture and oil, as well as assisting cell turnover to move dead, flakey skin on their way.

SAY YES TO

Rich omega oils, vitamin E, vitamin B, hyaluronic acid, gentle enzymatic exfoliators, cream masks, richer creams, milky or oil cleansers, squalane.

AVOID IF YOU CAN

 Sulfate and soap based cleansers, astringent toners, strong acids, abrasive scrubs.

Oil Cleanser
Kahina Giving Beauty
Oil Cleanser
Microderm Exfoliator
Sensitive Cleanser
Esse Skincare
Sensitive Cleanser
Cream Mask
Esse Skincare
Cream Mask
Vitamin B
Synergie Skin
Vitamin B
Baume 27
Cosmetics 27
Baume 27

If you have Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, it means that you naturally overproduce your skin’s oil; sebum. This results in shiny skin (usually across the t-zone) and can mean increased congestion as the excess sebum can get clogged in pores. Your focus should be on regulated sebum production, reducing excess oil, and maintaining good hydration levels. 

SAY YES TO

Salicylic acid, clay and peat-based masks, jojoba oil, linoleic oil, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide.

AVOID IF YOU CAN

Heavier textures and thick, rich oils, drying cleansers, alcohol-based toners.

Vitamin B
Synergie Skin
Vitamin B
reVeal
Synergie Skin
reVeal
hydroGel
Synergie Skin
hydroGel
Organic Peat Mask
Vestige Verdant Organic Skincare
Organic Peat Mask

If you have Acne

Acne occurs when there is a combination of build-up of dead skin cells, clogged pores, and an increase in the p.acnes bacteria. This can lead to inflamed lesions, clogged pores, pustules, and sore, deep cystic nodules. Your focus should be on reducing inflammation, targeting the p.acnes bacteria and assisting cell turnover to reduce clogged pores.

SAY YES TO

Probiotics, hyaluronic acid, manuka honey, salicylic acid, clay masks, retinol, vitamin B, zinc oxide.

AVOID IF YOU CAN

Vitamin C, sulfate and soap cleansers, alcohol-based toners.

Detox anTiox
Synergie Skin
Detox anTiox
Pure 27
Cosmetics 27
Pure 27
masquErase
Synergie Skin
masquErase
Toner Plus
Esse Skincare
Toner Plus
Probiotic Serum
Esse Skincare
Probiotic Serum
Ultimate A
Synergie Skin
Ultimate A
UberZinc
Synergie Skin
UberZinc
hydroGel
Synergie Skin
hydroGel

If you’re Sensitive

Sensitive skin is a term used to describe when skin easily is irritated, feels sore and tender, and often is reactive to external factors like touch, weather or cosmetic products. When treating sensitive skin, you want to focus on barrier repair, hydration and anti-inflammatories.

SAY YES TO

 Probiotics, niacinamide, Centella Asiatica, hemp seed extract, squalane, gentle exfoliators, SPF.

AVOID IF YOU CAN

Harsh scrubs, astringents, strong AHAs/BHAs, sulfates and soaps.

DermaCalm
Synergie Skin
DermaCalm
£88.00
Bioactive Rose Gommage
Odacité
Bioactive Rose Gommage
£58.00
Recovery 27
Cosmetics 27
Recovery 27
£90.00
Essential Serum
Pfeffer Sal
Essential Serum
£85.00
Protect Oil
Esse Skincare
Protect Oil
£55.00
Dual Moisture Emulsion
Ling Skincare
Dual Moisture Emulsion
£68.00
Probiotic Serum
Esse Skincare
Probiotic Serum
£100.00

If you’re looking to Rejuvenate

As we mature, our skin’s production of collagen and elastin naturally slows down which can lead to skin laxity, fine lines and wrinkles forming, and skin nor looking or feeling as plump and lifted as it used to be. When you are rejuvenating the skin, you want to focus on stimulating collagen and elastin production, preserving collagen that’s still there, and encouraging cell turnover for improved skin texture. 

SAY YES TO

Vitamin A, peptides, growth factors, vitamins E and C, AHAs, oils, hyaluronic acid.

AVOID IF YOU CAN

Sulfates, scrubs, astringent cleansers, clay masks (unless congested).

Essential Serum
Pfeffer Sal
Essential Serum
Ultra Elastin Lift
Brad Biophotonic Skincare
Ultra Elastin Lift
Sublime Gel Cream
Brad Biophotonic Skincare
Sublime Gel Cream
Active Botanical Serum
Vintner's Daughter
Active Botanical Serum
Peptide Creme
BOTANē Skin Actives
Peptide Creme

If you have Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin means that you have a lack of water in the skin and is one of the most common skin conditions. You want to focus your routine on replenishing water reserves and then locking that hydration in. 

SAY YES TO

Hyaluronic acid, panthenol, niacinamide, glycerin, squalene, lactic acid, omega-rich oils, vitamin A.

AVOID IF YOU CAN

Sulfates and soaps, astringents, foaming cleansers, clay mask (unless congested).

Essential Serum
Pfeffer Sal
Essential Serum
masquErase
Synergie Skin
masquErase
Vitamin B
Synergie Skin
Vitamin B
Ultimate A
Synergie Skin
Ultimate A

If you experience Redness or Rosacea

Redness and inflammation can occur for a myriad of reasons including interal triggers such as alcohol, spicy foods, stress as well as external triggers such as touch, pollution, or incorrect skincare. You want to focus on strengthening the skin barrier, calming the skin, and reducing inflammation. 

SAY YES TO

Centella Asiatica, hemp seed extract, probiotics, vitamin B, hydrolyzed algin, chamomile.

AVOID IF YOU CAN

Foaming cleansers, harsh scrubs, AHAs, fragrance, soaps.

Mask 27
Cosmetics 27
Mask 27
DermaCalm
Synergie Skin
DermaCalm
Recovery 27
Cosmetics 27
Recovery 27
masquErase
Synergie Skin
masquErase
Sensitive Cleanser
Esse Skincare
Sensitive Cleanser
Probiotic Serum
Esse Skincare
Probiotic Serum
Essence 27
Cosmetics 27
Essence 27

If you have Congested Skin

Congested skin occurs when sebum and dead skin cells become clogged in the pores. When the sebum is exposed to the air, it oxidises and turns a darker colour which we see as a blackhead. If the blockage is not exposed to the air, it will be a white or skin coloured bump which is known as a white head. With congested skin, you want to focus on drawing out the congestion, staying hydrated, and encouraging cell turnover. 

SAY YES TO

Salicylic acid, clay and peat-based masks, jojoba oil, linoleic oil, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide.

AVOID IF YOU CAN

Heavier textures and thick, rich oils, drying cleansers, alcohol based toners.

Detox anTiox
Synergie Skin
Detox anTiox
Pure 27
Cosmetics 27
Pure 27
UberZinc
Synergie Skin
UberZinc
reVeal
Synergie Skin
reVeal
hydroGel
Synergie Skin
hydroGel
BlemX
Synergie Skin
BlemX

If you have Pigmentation

Pigmentation forms when our melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells, get too excited and overproduce melanin. This results in darkened patches of skin. With pigmentation, you need to focus on inhibiting the pigmentation process and protect your skin from sun exposure as this will further darken the pigmentation.

SAY YES TO

Niacinamide, vitamin C, kojic acid, tyrosinase inhibitors, SPF, AHAs.

AVOID

Harsh scrubs that could scar the skin and lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

enLighten
Synergie Skin
enLighten
Glow 27
Cosmetics 27
Glow 27
Sunscreen
Esse Skincare
Sunscreen

If you have Textured Skin

Our skin texture can be affected by a multitude of factors, from trauma causing scars, to acne scarring through to extended sun exposure and the ageing process. You want to focus on rebuilding the collagen and elastin in your skin and encouraging cell turnover for a smoother texture. 

SAY YES TO

Growth factors, vitamin a, AHAs, peptides, vitamin C.

AVOID IF YOU CAN

Moisturisers containing silicones - whilst they have a temporary smoothing effect they won’t work towards a smoother skin texture.

Skin Roller 3 in 1
Swiss Clinic
Skin Roller 3 in 1
£79.00
Acceler-A
Synergie Skin
Acceler-A
£88.00
Essence
Shinso Skin Care
Essence
£255.00
Ultra Elastin Lift
Brad Biophotonic Skincare
Ultra Elastin Lift
£175.00