There’s a chance you’ve heard of the term “skincare actives” now that traditional CTM skincare routines are being phased out. We need more from our skincare products than just claims; if a moisturiser claims to be hydrating, we want to know what’s in it and whether it will actually make our skin look plumper. When used as instructed, the potent, organically obtained ingredients of the skincare products known as active ingredients function at the cellular level to moisturise, brighten, repair or rejuvenate the skin.

Likely, the ingredient lists and percentages on the skin care product packaging have left you confused if you don’t have a background in science. While a 20% concentration of one active ingredient might be beneficial for your skin, you might only need 2% of another.

Best Active Ingredients For Indian Skin

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Skincare products have a long list of actives. Indian skin frequently struggles with congestion, dryness, and pigmentation. The best actives for each person differ depending on their issues, but Vitamin B3 and niacinamide are two fantastic all-around actives for Indian skin. Others include hyaluronic acid for hydration, ceramides for healing and soothing irritated skin, vitamin C and kojic acid for pigmentation, and AHAs for mild exfoliation.

Ideal Concentration To Look For When Using Skincare Actives

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It’s recommended to be cautious when using a new ingredient as it can affect your skin adversely. Any highly concentrated active ingredient can have harmful effects if the formula’s other ingredients are not balanced properly. We typically mix niacinamide with other active ingredients and use dosages ranging from 3 to 5%. Hydroxy acids for Indian skin should not exceed 15% unless recommended by your dermatologist. Another element that is known to be unstable in nature is vitamin C, so you should be selective about the brands and formulae you select if it is one of the main ingredients. UV rays can influence the stability of vitamin C, therefore you should make sure you don’t keep the bottles anywhere near sunlight.

As a general rule, choose the lowest dosage feasible to ease your skin into a new skincare active, such as retinol or glycolic acid. The lowest concentration might not be sufficient for you if you have extremely resilient skin. Before incorporating the active into your routine, speak with your dermatologist regarding the ideal concentration for your skin.

Doing things one at a time is another important thing to remember when incorporating new activities into your skincare routine. Use your product for a few weeks if you’re starting with lactic acid before introducing a retinol serum at night. This will enable you to evaluate each ingredient’s potency.