Skin care is a huge industry in the 21st Century – billions and billions of dollars are made in profits every year. There are new products, new brands and new “must-haves” being created all the time, so as an everyday consumer, it can be tricky to figure out which skin care is best for you.
In this post, I will take you through the questions you need to ask yourself and the research you need to do before you buy new skin care. Skin care that is wrong for you can cause symptoms like rashes, excessive oil, dryness – or simply no effect at all!
Are you ready to get educated on skin care? Let’s get started!
Knowing your skin type
Your skin type is the first thing you need to know before you shop for new skin care. Skin care products are designed for people of different ages and skin types, meaning that if you buy the wrong one for you, your skin will get worse, not better.
What is a skin type? Your skin type is the result of lots of factors, including hormones, diet, genetics and your routine. To find out your skin type, click here.
Now that you know your skin type and can narrow down your product search a little more, it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of the situation. If you have some products in mind that you’d like to try, but you want to know which to choose, now is the time to dig into some customer reviews.
You can read reviews, like this Pure Haven essentials review, on blogs, product websites or social media. Reviewers will often give a rating out of five, then detail in their own words how the product helped them – or why they didn’t like it.
Of course, everybody is different – just because someone disliked a product, that doesn’t mean you will! However, reviews are a good guide to see if the product is worth a try for someone of your skin type and age, and for your budget.
Familiarizing yourself with ingredients
Skin care products contain many, many ingredients – it would be impossible to memorize them all, unless you have a degree in dermatology!
However, there are some ingredients that come up again and again, that are beneficial for your skin and might make a product stand out! These include:
- Salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an ingredient that is perfect for people with acne and/or blackheads, as it gently exfoliates and cleans away bacteria and oil.
- Vitamin A. Vitamin A is often found in retinoids which can reduce acne and brighten your skin.
- Natural plant oils. Natural plant oils like witch hazel are fantastic additions to skin care, as they nourish your skin with vitamins and hydrate it too.
Do you want to buy new skincare, but you aren’t sure where to start? Knowing your skin type, reading the reviews, and learning common ingredients will help you make the right decision for your skin!