Improving skin health isn’t always easy. But this article has got you covered.
Skincare products often have big promises on the packaging, but don’t always deliver. And depending on your skin, different products will be better than others. So head out to the store and prepare to read some labels.
Keep reading to learn 5 things you should consider when purchasing skincare products.
1. Your Skin Type
First, you need to determine whether your skin type is dry, oily, or combination. Once you know that, you can get products best suited to your needs. And while some products will tell you which skin type they’re made for, others won’t.
For dry skin, look for ingredients like glycerin, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and PHAs. If you have oily skin, look for retinol, salicylic acid, and niacinamide. And for combination skin, find products with glycolic acid, antioxidants, and glycerin.
2. Your Skin Conditions
Different skin conditions require different products and formulas.
If you suffer from cystic acne or whiteheads, use benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and Vitamin C. For sensitive or red skin, try using niacinamide, lactic acid, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid. And if you have aging skin, look for products with Vitamin C, BHA, and retinol.
But if every skincare product seems to fail you, see a dermatologist. They may be able to prescribe you products for acne you can’t get over the counter.
You should try to wear sunscreen every day with at least 15 SPF. And luckily, there are many daytime moisturizers that already have SPF in them.
But if you’d rather put on your own sunscreen with a stronger SPF, there is a specific order for application. If you have a chemical sunscreen, put it on before your moisturizer. And if you have a mineral sunscreen, put it on after your moisturizer.
4. Damaging Ingredients
Don’t be fooled by buzz words on packaging like “natural” or “organic,” as those terms aren’t regulated by the FDA. Instead, look at the ingredients list so you can avoid damaging ingredients. And even if you’re buying products online, it should still show you what’s in them.
Stay away from aluminum, mineral oil, phthalates, parabens, triclosan, sulfates, and fragrance. Synthetic fragrances can be especially dangerous because they contain toxic chemicals. But because of a company’s right to have “trade secrets,” those toxic chemicals don’t have to be disclosed in the ingredients list.
5. Your Price Range
Just because a product is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. And if you have a skincare product budget, you can find items that don’t break the bank.
Brands like Cerave, Cetaphil, The Ordinary, and Versed have pretty well-priced products for the quality.
Now You Know What To Consider While Purchasing Skin Care Products
Purchasing skin care products doesn’t have to be complicated. And while it may take a little trial and error to figure out what’s best for you, it’ll definitely be worth it. Glowing skin is just around the corner!
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