Sifting through skincare doesn’t have to be difficult when you know exactly what to look for. Specifically, the most effective ingredients to soothe, hydrate, brighten, mattify, or simply refine your pelt, depending on your needs. So, assuming you’ll do the obligatory patch test first, here’s the smart girl’s guide to the best stuff for your skin type. Now, when your fave beauty brand proclaims their latest potion the next skin-saver, you can check out its active ingredients to see if it’s right for you.

SKIN TYPE: SENSITIVE

DID YOU KNOW? These things aren't just good for your face! Honey helps condition dry hair, aloe soothes sunburns, and chamomile calms frayed nerves. Skin allergies, stinging, burning, or rosacea—no matter what your symptoms are, suffering from inflammation on a regular basis means you need some type of relief. Look for honey, aloe, and chamomile, which contain natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe, moisturize, and protect.
WE SUGGEST: Aloe Derma’s Daily Moisturizing Cream, P655, Bella B’s Silk & Honey Daily Moisturizing Lotion, P400, or DHC’s Mild Lotion II, P520

SKIN TYPE: OILY OR ACNE-PRONE

DID YOU KNOW? Kaolin clay got its name from the Chinese village Kao-Ling, where a French missionary first reported its existence. A shiny complexion is a high-maintenance complexion—but you don’t want to completely strip your skin of its natural oils. The idea is to keep it hydrated while preventing your surplus of sebum from clogging pores and causing breakouts. Look for Kaolin clay, which absorbs excess oil and unclogs buildup, or glycolic acid, another oil-absorbing, clarifying ingredient.
WE SUGGEST: Dermalogica’s Dermal Clay Cleanser, P1,705, or Neutrogena’s Blackhead Eliminating Cooling Toner, P341

SKIN TYPE: DRY AND DAMAGED

DID YOU KNOW? Hyaluronic acid (the clear stuff) and CoEnzyme Q10 are actually produced by your own body. Almost every product out in the market alleviates dry skin with hydrating and nourishing elements, but some good-for-you ingredients mimic those that naturally occur in the body. Look for products that contain hyaluronic acid (also called hyaluronan) and CoEnzyme Q10. Hyaluronic acid can be found in skin, joint fluid, and connective tissues and has been dubbed the “king of hydrators”. CoEnzyme Q10 is another antioxidant produced in the body to neutralize free radicals in cells.
WE SUGGEST: Leaders InSolution’s Aquaringer Skin Clinic Mask, P148, or DHC’s Firming Q10 Cream, P750

SKIN TYPE: MATURE

DID YOU KNOW? Oranges and other citrus fruits are a great source of Vitamin C. Fish, nuts, and silken tofu, on the other hand, give you a good dose of Vitamin E. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, produces less collagen, and builds up dead skin cells due to slower cellular turnover. But don’t worry, you can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, and dullness. Look for antioxidants like vitamins C and E, green tea, coffee berry, or pomegranate, to name a few. These work to neutralize free radicals and boost the natural production of elastin and collagen, while repairing skin cells and evening out tone. Snail slime extract (or snail mucin) also heals, brightens, and moisturizes skin instantly.
WE SUGGEST: Nelly De Vuyst’s Cellular-Matrix Oil, P4,694, Mizon’s Snail Repair Cream, on sale at P600, or Crabtree & Evelyn’s Pomegranate, Argan, & Grapeseed Oil Body Cream, on sale at P1,1716

SKIN TYPE: SPOTTY AND UNEVEN

DID YOU KNOW? Arbutin is extracted from bearberries, while kojic acid comes from a type of fungi called "koji" by the Japanese. If you’ve noticed how much more prone your skin is to hyperpigmentation as you age, you’re not alone. Sun exposure, aging, hormones, and even medication can cause discoloration over time. Look for niacinamide, kojic acid, and arbutin to counteract the effect. These ingredients help inhibit melanin production while breaking down existing melanin on the surface of the skin to fade existing spots and prevent new ones from forming.
WE SUGGEST: Pond’s Flawless White Deep Whitening Facial Foam, P200, Vitacreme B12 Vita Blanc, on sale at P1,492, or Zenutrients’ Whitening Underarm Cream with Kojic Acid, P234