Choosing the best products FOR your skin type takes a whole lot of patience! And Yes! It involves reading the long ingredients list! (tell me about it! rolls eyes)!
Instead of doing detective work on your skincare products, it’s a lot easier to follow the popular vote and opt for products with a lot of following, especially in this age of beauty influencers. But that’s not always the best route. As simple as it would be, there’s no one-size-fits-all skincare solution, so therefore I came up with a few tips that can help you out the next time you want to hit the skincare store:
1. Know Your Skin Type
This is the most important factor in all I’m going to list out! Oh! You’ve got to get to know that skin! This helps you determine what skin care products will work best for you and to also aviod reactive skin disasters when trying out new products in the future.
There are 3 major types of skin:
-Dry skin: Look for products containing shea butter and lactic acid. These ingredients provide hydration and mild exfoliation to keep dry skin looking radiant.
-Oily skin: Oily skin can handle a wider range of ingredients that can sometimes trigger breakouts or irritation to other skin types. Look for products containing alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic acid or salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are effective at controlling excess sebum production while hyaluronic acid will produce hydration only in areas needed.
-Sensitive/Combination skin: Look for products containing aloe vera, oatmeal, and shea butter. They’re good moisturizers and they usually don’t break anyone out.
2. Never Buy A Product Because It’s Hyped
If you’re going to buy a product based on a friend or influencer’s recommendation, you shouldn’t just pay attention to how good their skin looks now, but instead what type of skin they were dealing with to start out. Checking the ingredients list is still the best way to go, no matter how many positive reviews or stars the product has online.
3. Natural Doesn’t Always Mean Better
Natural and organic tags might just be part of the marketing strategy, take a closer look at the product. Familiar words in the ingredients list can be comforting to see, but it doesn’t always indicate the safest route to take. Additionally, sometimes a product will be labeled as natural in reference to only one or two of the ingredients on the list. What’s the esscence of buying a product tagged ‘natural’ that has a very low percentage of the natural product in it?
4. Pay Attention To The Order Of Ingredients
Pay attention to the order of ingredients;
It is said that the first five ingredients will often account for about 80 percent of the product’s makeup. So check it out! Enough quantity? Does it suit your skin?
5. Always Do A Patch Test
This will save you a lot of time, stress, and skin reaction. So take advantage of those tester products. A patch test can help determine if certain products or ingredients will cause allergic reactions, irritate your skin, or clog your pores. “I think the take-home message is: If it’s making your skin worse or irritating your skin in any way, stop using it, it’s not the right product for you.