It’s easy to feel confused or overwhelmed when visiting any drugstore’s skin care aisle. Rows of colorful brands and powerful labels often have little benefit to your skin, and occasionally, even an adverse reaction. Nevertheless, it is undeniable that there are great products out there that can help you preserve a youthful-looking complexion or even restore damaged skin back to health.
The root of the matter lies in making smart choices—not just on choosing the best, most expensive brand you can find, but on finding the best products for your skin type. As a quick reference guide for your quest, we have compiled this list of things you should look out for when buying facial skin care products.
Rational Choices, Not Expensive Purchases
A common mistake by newcomers to the self-care scene is to automatically assume that the most expensive products will be best. While it’s true that in many cases you get what you pay for — and therefore, going for the cheapest item can have unsightly consequences — there’s a good chance that your skin will do better with a good mid-range product than an overhyped expensive one.
1. Consider Your Skin Type and Ailments
There are three main skin types: oily skin, dry skin, and mixed skin (also known as having an oily T-zone). Many basic facial skin care products, such as moisturizers or cleansers, should be chosen based on this basic division.
However, skin problems are rarely as simple. In addition to these three skin types, it’s likely that you also have sensitive skin, a tendency towards sunburns or acne, an uneven complexion, rosacea, or even skin allergies. In addition, your complexion will likely affect how noticeable each of these ailments is likely to be. It’s time to set your priorities straight: take a good look in the mirror, and try to choose no more than three skin problems that you would like to address.
2. Set Up an Ingredient Blacklist
While flashy slogans may catch your immediate attention, it’s best to take a long, hard look at the ingredient list before buying anything. There are many ingredients that can be contraindicated for your skin type, and if you suffer from rosacea, vitiligo, or psoriasis, the list is likely to be even longer. In such cases, your best bet will be to consult a dermatologist.
That being said, there are two ingredients that are considered harmful for almost any skin type: alcohol and microbeads. The first one, often masked as “acetylated lanolin” or “benzoil alcohol” is a common trigger for acne breakouts and can irritate the skin easily. Microbeads, on the other hand, provide an excessively-harsh substitute for exfoliation, and also carry serious environmental concerns.
3. Then Establish Your Preferred Ingredients
If you have acne-prone skin, your best bet will be to seek products with salicylic acid, vitamin C, or benzoil peroxide. These ingredients will also be useful if you suffer from rosacea, as they are gentler than most astringents. If delaying the signs of aging is your end goal, you should choose facial skin care products fortified with vitamin A, E, or retinol, as well as those that can stimulate collagen production.
4. Think Beyond Your Own Face
In this day and age, many people seek to make an impact whenever choosing a product. If you are among the new generation of conscientious buyers, it’s likely you will want some assurance that your chosen brand supports the same causes that you do, or conducts business in an ethical manner. In addition to the classic “not tested on animals” label, many brands are now opting to certify their products as fully vegan. Brands that use exotic fruit extracts or imported oils (such as acai or shea butter) often certify their products as fair trade as well. Meanwhile, 100%-organic products are now easily available too.
There are hundreds of options for facial skin care products now available to you, and one of them is bound to have the ideal combination of ingredients for your skin type. If you are looking for a convenient and affordable way to access top quality creams and cosmetics, check out LaLa Daisy´s full catalog now!