Reading the ingredients written on the back of skincare products can be a strenuous task. Not only are they unpronounceable, but challenging to understand as well. But this doesn’t mean that you should blatantly ignore them because they are essential. Some of these ingredients can be harmful to a specific skin type. When we are unable to comprehend these scientific terms, we start following other people’s recommendations or maybe buy the products our favorite influencer suggests. But everyone’s skin is different and has different reactions to a product. Just because you are getting excellent results from using a lace-a-peel face mask doesn’t mean your friends will too. So, you have to be sure that the product you are buying is safe to use.
The best way is to do thorough research, not just on the skin care products we are interested in, but on our skin type and suitability of ingredients on our skin type too. With this information, you can avoid several problems down the road as well.
So let’s see the correct way to choose skincare products that suit you so that you can get the most use out of them.
Know your skin type
According to dermatologists, there are no bad products, just a mismatch between people’s skin type and the product they are using. Knowing your skin and then using the product best suited to that skin type is vital to a good skin care routine. Some skin types and ingredients best suited for them are:
- Oily: Products containing alpha-hydroxy acids ( like salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid should be preferred for people with oily skins due to these ingredients’ ability to control excessive sebum production.
- Dry: Since you need products that will provide hydration and exfoliation to keep your skin radiant, look for products with shea butter and lactic acid.
- Sensitive: This skin type is prone to breakouts, so look for products containing shea butter, aloe vera, and oatmeal. They are good moisturizers and prevent breakouts.
If you are not sure about what category your skin type falls under, a trip to a dermatologist is recommended. Since they are professionals, they can accurately label your skin. Once you are absolutely sure about your skin type category, you can start using recommended products effectively.
Don’t do what everyone says
It’s true that people get confused by the complex scientific terms used in the packaging of the product. It’s nobody’s fault. We don’t use scientific terms in our everyday life, so there is no reason we should use them, and the companies producing these products have to use scientific words.
People are often misled by the pretty packaging of the product or the hype built around the product. Avoid this at any costs. Everybody’s genetics are different, and so is their skin type. There is no one solution for all in skin conditioning. A lace-a-peel face mask which is amazing to give your face a deep clean, probably would not be the most effective product to solve your skin’s dehydration issues.
To save yourself a lot of trouble down the road, always follow your own experience. Try a bunch of different safe products and see what suits you the most, and then stick with it. Your skin issues won’t magically heal overnight. You will have to use the product consistently and be patient. But if you have made the right decision, you will definitely see some amazing results.
Always do a patch test
A patch test is a great way to see a product’s effects on your skin. What is a patch test? It basically means that you test products on a little patch of your skin, generally on the wrist. If you see certain negative reactions like irritation, burning and etc., you will know to avoid that product.
Just because it is organic doesn’t mean it is good
People have the wrong notion that organic skin care products are always safe. This is not entirely true. Even organic materials have chemicals in them, which may cause adverse reactions to your skin type. Since terms like organic and natural are vaguely defined and used, the products are also sometimes mislabeled. Again do proper research before buying a product.
These are just some of the ways you can choose better skincare products. Remember, these little precautionary steps can save you a lot of money, time, and effort in the future.