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Key Skincare Ingredients

Key Skincare Ingredients: The skincare ingredients you should be using for your skin type

When it comes to skincare, there are so many choices out there, with many different brands and products and ingredients – it can be, well, a little overwhelming! You’re probably asking yourself, which ingredients are worth the hype, and which will work best for your skin type? Here at Shaw’s, we’ve broken down all the key skincare ingredients you should be using for your skin type. Cause at the end of the day, we all want to have fresh, glowing, youthful-looking skin.

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  1. For Oily/Acne Prone Skin

If you struggle with acne or have oily skin, this clarifying ingredient is for you:

Salicylic Acid            

It helps to mattify shine, unclog pores, exfoliate dead skin, and remove bacteria for a clearer, brighter complexion that's free of whiteheads and blackheads. When introducing any new ingredient into your skincare routine, it’s important to remember to start off slowly and introduce the product into your routine gradually, especially if it’s your first time using it. See some of our favourite products containing acne hero ingredient Salicylic Acid:

Shop The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser


Shop Skingredients Sally Cleanse



  1. For Dry/Dehydrated Skin Types

If your skin is dry or dehydrated, this skincare hydrator will be your saviour:

Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

To help hydrate, smooth, and plump dry dehydrated skin. It is a naturally produced molecule found in our skin, it attracts up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Our skin produces less natural HA with age, which contributes to sallowness and wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid is suitable for all skin types but particularly helpful for dry and mature skin in need of deep hydration. It is commonly found in creams, serums, and masks. Out top products containing Hyaluronic Acis are:

Shop Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum


Shop Bondi Sands Thirsty Skin Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Shop L’Oréal Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Night Cream


  1. For Sensitive Skin Types

If you have sensitive skin that’s prone to redness or irritation, it is best to avoid any harsh ingredients or products with strong fragrances, that may cause skin irritation. It is always safe to go with more natural ingredients like:

Aloe Vera

It is a calming, natural, nourishing hydrator that will be your skin’s saviour.

Shop Garnier Skin Active Aloe Vera Gel Wash 200ml

Shop Nivea Face Naturally Good Radiance Day Cream - 50ml


Almond Oil

It helps with UV damage, reduces irritation, calms inflammation, hydrates and rejuvenates the skin.

Shop Nivea Daily Essentials Rich Moisturising Day Cream For Dry/Sens Skin- 50ml


  1. For Combination Skin Types

There are a few ingredients that are particularly beneficial for combination skin because they work well on both oily and dry areas and therefore can be used on the entire face. As mentioned above Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is suitable for all skin types, including combination skin. Another hero ingredient for combination skin is:

Vitamin C

This powerful antioxidant is great for hyperpigmented, dull, or UV-damaged skin. It is one of the most multipurpose skincare ingredients, it helps brighten skin and fade hyperpigmentation by blocking melanin production, fights free radical damage from environmental stressors and boosts collagen production, reducing signs of ageing, it is highly beneficial to all skin types including combination skin.

Shop Pestle & Mortar Vitamin C 2 Phase Serum

Shop Garnier Skin Active Vitamin C 2in1 Brightening Serum Cream SPF 25

Shop Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum


  1. For Mature Skin Types

These heavy-hitting ingredients smooth out wrinkles and fine lines by ramping up collagen production and cellular turnover for more youthful, bright-looking, even-toned skin.

First up is:

Glycolic Acid

This is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that helps minimizes pores and speed up cell turnover for fresher, clearer, younger-looking skin. (Also great for helping to fight adult acne!)
Please Note: This ingredient may cause irritation to dry or sensitive skin, because of this we do not recommend use on these skin types. As stated above products with active ingredients should be gradually introduced into your skincare routine. Avoid using alongside other exfoliants and always follow up with sunscreen. If any irritation occurs stop using immediately.

Glycolic Acid is commonly found in serums, toners, peels, and cleansers. See our top products below:

Shop The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Cleanser

Shop Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate


Shop L’Oréal Revitalift Laser Ampoules 10% Glycolic Acid Peel

Probably the most popular ingredient in anti-ageing skincare is


This is a powerful form of Vitamin A and it helps to promote skin renewal, enhance collagen production and strengthen skin against wrinkle formation. It is safe for all skin types, but best for mature skin types or anyone who wants to prevent signs of ageing. Retinol should be used as part of your night-time skincare regimen, it should be introduced gradually into your routine, starting off using a pea-sized amount once a week, then building up to twice a week and so on, as your skin becomes more tolerant. Don't use alongside any chemical exfoliants or acids. Since it increases sun sensitivity, use sunscreen every day.


Shop L’Oréal Revitalift Laser Pure Retinol Deep Anti-Wrinkle Night Serum

Shop The Inkey List Retinol Serum

Shop Elizabeth Arden Retinol Set


*Note: The above recommendation is a general guideline of skincare ingredients that are beneficial to different skin types, if your skincare concerns are more serious it is recommended to contact your GP or dermatologist. 

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