What Skin Care Ingredients To Avoid According To Your Skin Type
Even the most advanced, hi-tech skincare ingredients must be designed for the specific needs of each type of skin. Otherwise, they lose their effectiveness, or can even cause skin irritation and trigger dryness.
So, what are those skin care ingredients that, according to your skin type, you should avoid?
Our skin is a living organism that absorbs nutrients from different sources in order to function properly and stay healthy. Skin care products are also a valuable source of nutrients for the daily nourishment, moisturization, cleansing and protection of the epidermis.
Of course, as long as they contain ingredients that do not disturb the balance of the skin, triggering irritations or allergic reactions.
So, let’s have a look at some unsuitable combinations.
Dry Skin And Salicylic Acid
Dry skin is the type of skin that is characterized by lack of lipids (sebum) that is necessary to maintain the natural levels of hydration in the stratum corneum. It is usually thin and dull and quite often, it is very sensitive due to its weakened protective barrier.
Exfoliating is one of the basic things we need to do to restore balance to dry skin. We need to remove the accumulated dead cells directly from the surface to improve cellular metabolism.
But by choosing aggressive facial scrubs, all we do is remove the lipids that are already quite reduced. Salicylic acid, for example, is one of the most popular fruit acids used in various exfoliating products.
It has a rich keratolytic activity and while it is a great ingredient to use for oily and combination types of skin, in the case of dry skin, it can weaken the epidermis barrier and cause intense sensitization.
Sensitive Skin And Artificial Fragrances Or Essential Oils
A sensitive skin type is a very vulnerable skin that can easily be irritated or negatively affected by environmental factors, inappropriate skin care products, lifestyle habits, and even emotional stressors.
Sensitive skin can often appear red and inflamed, and develop various signs of a reaction.
In this case, we need to choose hypoallergenic formulas that are very gentle and free of harsh chemical ingredients and fillers as well as artificial fragrances and dyes.
If you have a sensitive skin and you are a fan of DIY home skin care recipes, you should also be very careful with the use of essential oils and never use them undiluted on the skin. Essential oils should also never be used on damaged, broken or diseased skin.
What To Do: Use certified organic and very mild skin care products, preferably products that are designed for the needs and weaknesses of sensitive skin. Of course, you should not neglect any of the basic steps of a healthy skin care such as cleansing, moisturizing, anti-aging protection, and sun protection.
Oily Skin And Lanolin
Characteristics of an oily skin include excessive oiliness, large dilated pores and sometimes blackheads.
Some people with oily skin often times report that they have dry patches of skin as well, which makes their effort to find the right skin care products more difficult and can even lead to misconceptions about what this type of skin really needs to be more healthy and balanced.
A lot of people may think that they do not need to moisturize oily skin as often as other types of skin, which is not correct. The right way to moisturize oily skin is to choose the right ingredients and combinations.
For example, Lanolin is an ingredient that has emollient and moisturizing properties. When applied to the skin, it forms a protective layer on the surface which prevents the loss of moisture but, at the same time, it can block the skin pores and lead to the appearance of blackheads.
What To Do: Choose oil-free moisturizing creams and products that balance the skin’s oiliness and prevent the appearance of acne breakouts. It may need a little effort to find all the right products. Just keep in mind not to try a lot of different products at the same time because they can further imbalance your skin and make it produce even more sebum.
Dry, oily and sensitive skin are the 3 types of skin that can be more tricky to deal with, so knowing which ingredients to avoid can help you avoid unnecessary irritations and give your skin the care it deserves.