What ingredients are good for my skin type?

When it comes to skincare, one of the biggest questions asked is – which ingredients are the best for my skin type? With so many skin types, issues, and complaints, there certainly are natural ingredients to suit each.  

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a common skin complaint, and although it can affect us all in certain seasons, many people struggle with it all year round. One of the biggest complaints those with dry skin have is that the products marketed to add some much-needed hydration feel too greasy on the skin. Instead, try natural ingredients such as:

•    Ceramides – works to nourish and hydrate, making it particularly useful for those who suffer from eczema and psoriasis.

•    Vitamin E – a potent antioxidant to help protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals.

•    Essential fatty acids – will improve your skin’s texture, making it softer and providing a barrier against harmful elements.

Oily Skin

The opposite of dry skin, those whose skin tends to produce excess oil can struggle just as much. Oily skin can affect the whole face or only specific areas, and although it may not feel like it, your skin still needs moisture. Rather than using products that might feel heavy on the skin, try:

•    Kaolin clay – the high levels of silica in kaolin clay can remove dead skin and encourage cell turnover.

•    Mandelic acid – this is an acne fighting ingredient that will also encourage cell turnover. It’s a great alternative to glycolic acid and can treat fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of sun damage.

•    BHA’s – beta hydroxy acids penetrate the pores deeply. Salicylic acid is the most popular as it can remove blackheads and reduce oil.

Sensitive Skin

Those with sensitive skin often need to be very careful about the products that they use on their skin as they never know how their skin will react. Try to find products that have no artificial dyes or fragrances, no alcohol and no parabens such as those offered by Tropic Skincare.

•    Colostrum – this has immune boosting nutrients and antibodies that will help your skin to regenerate.

•    Arnica – arnica can soothe inflammation, redness, and itchiness meaning that it’s great for acne and swelling. Make sure you dilute it if you buy it in its undiluted state.

•    Allantoin – can help prevent dry, itchy, flaky skin and works to soothe minor irritations.

Of course, it’s not always about skin type. Many skin complaints often require a little extra TLC.


Hyperpigmentation can be caused by the sun, ageing, hormonal changes, and acne scars. With the right ingredients, it can be possible to balance out your skin.

•    Kojic acid – works as a natural skin lightener by inhibiting the production of melanin and diminishing dark spots. It also has powerful antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

•    Azelaic acid – another lightening agent that can also help those who suffer from rosacea and acne.

•    Hydroquinone – a lightening ingredient that delivers fast and effective results with little side effects.


Ageing is a natural part of life, but it’s common to become frustrated with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With so many products on the market today boasting anti-ageing properties, there are definitely some ingredients that work better than others,

•    Glycolic acid – an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that penetrates the skin deeply and can fight fine lines and wrinkles, acne, blackheads, and excess oils.

•    Vitamin C – will nourish the skin while protecting it from free radicals, as well as preventing UVB damage that can cause signs of premature ageing.

•    Retinol – also known as vitamin A, retinol helps to increase the production of collagen, treats uneven skin tone, and prevents the appearance of wrinkles.


If you’re prone to outbursts of acne, you’ve probably tried every product on the market. However, as you might know, what works well for others does not always work for you. Look for products that contain these ingredients:

•    Sulfur – this will act as a sponge on the skin, soaking up excess oils that can cause pimples and blackheads. It’s also great for drying out existing pimples.

•    Salicylic acid –  used in many acne-fighting products as it can penetrate pores deeply and exfoliate the skin. By taking away dead skin and excess oils, it can help you to achieve a clearer complexion.

•    Mandelic acid – an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that acts as an antibacterial and provides similar benefits to salicylic acid with less chance of irritation.

What ingredients does your skin react well to?




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