Understand your skin type before shopping like a PRO

Skin Type

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What is your skin type? What kind of products are best for your complexion? Some of you must wonder why your skincare products do not help in fixing your current skin problems. We may not realize that many of us overlook one point, but forget that the important of understanding the nature of your skin type before choosing the right products for your skin. It is irrational to blindly follow the trend of selecting the skincare products for yourself.

The seriousness of using wrong products:

It could eventually trigger you many issues like redness, flaking or other inflammation. Understanding that there are many advices or information available and it may confuse us sometimes. But, just keep in mind that, your skin reaction will always give you the right answer and you can definitely feel it from your skin.  To maintain the level of best complexion, it is advisable to constantly renew your skincare products to adapt your skin type from time-to-time basis. Why? As our skin changes with hormonal fluctuations, environmental or seasonal conditions, lifestyle and age.

To eliminate the possibilities of skin irritation, 9-Neko would like to highlight and share some main “ingredients” that we could try to avoid such as SD Alcohol 40, mineral oil, Synthetic Fragrances, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum and etc. However, it really depends on our skin type sometimes you will find “ingredients” like Mineral Oil and Lanolin in some of the dry skin products.

Despite the skin type, your “regimens” is vital as it feeds your skin the unique needs. The below table show you the symptoms and the avoided ingredients for different skin types.



Dry / Sensitive Skin

Normal Skin

Oily Skin


Dehydration, Redness, prone to inflammatory conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema

Combination skin but could be changed from time-to-time basis because of many changing reasons like weather, stress, hormones and etc.

Oily, prone to breakouts

Avoided Ingredients

Benzoyl Peroxide, Retinols, Alpha hydroxyl acids, Isopropyl myristate, Isopropyl palmitate, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil,
Sodium, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate,
SD alcohol 40,
Denatured alcohol,
Ethanol, Isopropyl alcohol, Fragrances,

Common ingredients to avoid for all skin type: 

SD Alcohol, Benzyl alcohol, Synthetic Fragrances, Mineral Oil, Polyethylene Glycol (PEG), Propylene Glycol (PG), Butylene Glycol, Ethanol, Urea, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES). Triciosan, Parabens, DEET, Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA) and etc.

Linalool, Shea butter,
Paraffin wax, Glycerin, Squalane, Isopropyl myristate, Isopropyl palmitate, Petrolatum,
Mineral Oil, Sodium,
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, SD alcohol 40,
Denatured alcohol,
Ethanol, Isopropyl alcohol, Fragrances,
Anti-aging creams

Recommended Ingredients for different skin type

2) Glycolic Acid 
3)Lactic Acid 
4)Rose Hips Seed Oil 
10)Jojoba oil

A good daily moisturizer with SPF, along with a glycolic acid serum is fair enough. 

However, below is the 6 skin care ingredient that should be in your products: 

1) Hyaluronic Acid 
2) BHA (Salicylic Acid) 
3) Retinol 
4) AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) 
5) Zinc Oxide
6 ) Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

1)Oil-free ingredients – Dimethicone 
2) Hyaluronic acid 
3) Sodium PCA 
4) AHA Smoothing Serum 
5) Glycolic Acid 
6) Niacinamide 
7) Retinol 
8) Salicylic Acid

Skin Menu

- Cleanser, alcohol-free Toner, Scent-free moisturizer 

- Cleanser, alcohol-free Toner, Scent-free moisturizer 

Also Try 
- 3-in-1 micellar water 

- Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer with SPF 

- Cleanser, Toner, Antioxidant Serum, Moisturizer 

Also Try 
Glycolic acid Serum

- Cleansing Gel, Toner, Antioxidant Serum, Zinc oxide sunscreen

- Cleansing Gel, Toner, AHA/BHA serum, Retinol Serum, Oil-free moisturizer 

Also Try 
Clay mask

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