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We all know that people have different skin types and that they respond differently to chemicals. Knowing your skin type will help you narrow down the choices when you buy your cosmetics and the right choice of content will surely help.

For Dry Skin

These are the most beneficial content that you have to look in a product:

allantoin, AHA (glycolic and lactic acid), amino acids,a scorbic acid, avocado oil, basil oil, butylene glycol, caprylic/capric/lauric trigycerides, carrot oil, castor oil,cholesterol, coconut oil, collagen, egg oil, elastin, fatty acids (stearic acid), fennel oil, glyverin, glycosaminoglycans, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed animal protein, jojoba oil, lanolin oil, lanolin, lecithin, liposomes, macadamia oil, mineral oil, mucopolysaccharides, NaPCA (a water binding ingredient), oil of any kind, palm oil, petrolatum, phospolipids, polyethylene glycol (PEG), propylene glycol, proteins, retinyl palmitate (Vitamin A), rice bran oil, sandalwood oil, sodium PCA (similar to NaPCA; this is also a water binding ingredient), soybean oil, squalene, sunflower seed oil sweet almond oil, tocopherol (vitamin E), water and wheat germ oil.

These ingredients can help maintain soft and moist skin. There is no guarantee,however that you won’t be allergic to any of them. There is also no guarntee that it will make a great difference, but if your moisturizer contains one or more, it will help your skin look softer, smoother and younger as long as you use the product.

Ingredients to disregard in products designed for oily skin:

adenosine triphosphate (ATP), algae extract, amniotic fluid, animal thymus, animal tissue extract, epidermal lipid extract, tissue matrix extract, herb extract, infusions of anything, and placenta (both human and animal).

Products that might worsen or irritate the oily skin:

salicylic acid (a peeling agent used in acne treatment products), benzoyl peroxide (a disinfectant), sulfur (a mild antiseptic), boric acid (a toxic antiseptic), camphor, methol, eucalyptus and clove oil (potential skin irritant and makes the skin more oily). They are too strong for the face and usually end up irritating the skin. In replacement of salicylic acid, you can use ones with AHA (alpha hydroxyacids) which is a mild desquamative agent. Alcohol is another thing that should be avoided in all skin types. It dries up the skin and irritates it further. It is not a good disinfectant in skin care products because they only have less concentration.  Others are: acetone, acetylated lanolin, ammonium lauryl sulfate, benzalkonium chloride, benzoyl peroxide, isopropyl lanolate, isopropyl myristate (can cause black heads), lanolin acid, lanolin, magnesium lauryl sulfate, SD alcohol, shea butter, witch hazel, zinc lauryl sulfate.

Note: if an acne product works well with you, stick to it. But if it worsens your condition or did not work for you (you still have oily, irritated, and acned skin), please reconsider what you are doing or using.

The most important ingredients to look in a product designed for oily skin:

Allantoin, AHA (glycolic acid/lactic acid), ammonium glycerhizinate, bentonite, butylene glycol, glycerin, hexylene glycol, kaolin, magnesium laureth sulfate,polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, triclosan.

For Sensitive Skin:

I would like to tell you that we all have sensitive skin in some point. You can prevent skin reaction or further irritation if you are aware of what often causes them. Unfortunately, I can never assure you that you will never have reactions to those chemicals but I think the best thing you can do is to experiment~ Know which one work for you. Just because a product contain a possible skin irritant, doesn’t mean that they will always cause you negative skin reactions. If possible, try it in a small amount first before you buy the whole or return the product where you purchased it. Listen to your skin and be cautious with what you use.

The most common ingredient that causes irritation is the fragrance (parfum). If you want perfume, then buy perfume but choose products that are fragrance-free!~

*** Credits to Miss Paula Begoun’s Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me 2nd Edition.