Buying cosmetics can be tricky. You must have a solid knowledge of chemistry and understand how the ingredients in the product can damage your skin to cause fine lines, acne, blackheads, irritation, etc. Even if you buy products from the best cosmetic brands, you can end up with products that are wrong for your skin.
Ideally, it is best to know which skincare products are for you and how to apply them correctly to get the best results.
Things to consider before buying any skincare product:
- Look at skin type: This is the most important criterion when choosing a beauty product. Did you know that, in most cases, skin problems develop because people use products that don’t complement their skin type? For instance, if you have dry skin and use a cleanser for oily skin, the product will strip the moisture from your skin, leaving it even more dehydrated. The right beauty product for your skin is one that benefits your skin, whether it is acne-prone, normal, sensitive, dry, or oily.
- Avoid the hype: Instead of falling for fancy packaging and products promoted by celebrities on social media, use your judgment to choose a product. Choose products that are right for your skin type. What works for someone else may not work for you.
- Choose ingredients wisely: Moisturizers should be non-sticky, lightweight, and easy to absorb. Make sure the beauty products have elements that may not trigger allergic reactions. Water-based serums and moisturizers are suitable for all skin types. Meanwhile, serums containing oil may benefit those prone to dry skin.
- Choose products that address the problem: Consumers often buy skincare products without knowing whether these will cater to the problem. If you are sensitive to UV rays, choose products with UV protection.
- Consider hormonal/medical conditions: Your health will directly impact your appearance. For example, you will most likely experience skin problems if you suffer from hormonal issues. For instance, women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) tend to have oily skin prone to acne outbreaks. Regular medication can also trigger skin reactions, like cholesterol and blood pressure medications, resulting in dry skin. Choose beauty products that won’t aggravate these conditions further.
- Avoid products with multiple ingredients: All brands provide a listing of their product ingredients, and 95% of those lists are lengthy or contain ingredient names unfamiliar to most people, which is the reality. These lists need to be easily understood by consumers because if an allergic reaction occurs, it will be hard to identify which ingredient caused it.
- Defense Against Weather Conditions: Seasons play a vital role in buying cosmetics. Consumers are becoming more aware of – and concerned about – how environmental changes affect the state of their skin and hair. Already, cosmetics companies have begun to move beyond conventional seasonal products. They are now incorporating innovations that help to cater to the specific needs of their customers throughout the year, across different seasons. So, when buying beauty products, consider the season so you will get the most out of those products.
- Avoid harmful chemicals: Some cosmetics brands contain parabens, petrochemicals, lead, mercury, and phthalates. These substances have not been extensively studied on the skin and may adversely impact your beauty. They may irritate, cause rashes, and even have cancer-causing chemicals that absorb into your skin. Before purchasing anything, check the ingredients against a credible safety list.
Remember, your skin is unique; understand it well before experimenting. The wrong beauty product can cause more harm than good. Understand your skin type and research the products that benefit it instead of following the hype. Considering the above tips, you can take better care of your skin and understand which beauty products are right for you.