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Your Ultimate Guide To Choosing Your Skincare Products Like A Pro

So regardless of our age, we all dream of a baby flawless skin, right? Because let’s face it our looks start the conversation before we even say a word. Yes, makeup does wonders but it won’t look so perfect if your skin nature isn’t helping. And if you are not a makeup fan like myself, you definitely need to give extra attention and care to your skin. To achieve that, you need great skincare products, and these are endless… So the trick is to learn how to find the best products for your skin.

 

1 || Do You Know Your Skin Type?

Each skin responds differently to different ingredients, so you can’t choose a product just because your friend has recommended it to you. So before you follow your friend’s skincare routine you need to know what is your skin type… Is it oily, sensitive or maybe dry? Only then you can decide what products and ingredients work best for you.

 

Oily Skin

How to know if your skin is oily? 

  1. Your face is shiny and gets greasy later in the day.
  2. Your makeup tends to slide off.
  3. You have blackheads, pimples, or acne on the oilier parts of the face.
  4. Pores are larger on your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).

What products to look for:

Look for products containing alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic acid or salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients will control excess sebum production, while hyaluronic acid will produce hydration only in areas needed.

 

Dry Skin

How to know if your skin is Dry? 

  1. Your face is shiny and gets greasy later in the day.
  2. Your makeup tends to slide off.
  3. You have blackheads, pimples, or acne on the oilier parts of the face.
  4. Pores are larger on your T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin).

What products to look for:

Look for products containing shea butter and lactic acid. These ingredients will help hydrate your skin while providing mild exfoliation to keep it look radiant.

 

Sensitive Skin

How to know if your skin is sensitive? 

  1. Your skin is reactive to different products and weather conditions.
  2. You notice red rash, red bumps, blushing and flushing, or even red dilated blood vessels.
  3. Your skin is dry.
  4. Your skin develops breakouts that look like acne with red bumps and pustules.

What products to look for:

Look for products containing aloe vera, oatmeal, and shea butter. These will give your skin a great light moisturizing effect without breaking it out.


 

2  || Popular Doesn’t Mean Good

Let’s face it, we all fall into this trap. We see a celebrity or a friend with great skin and we rush into buying the products they are using with only one idea in mind; “I am one product away from having this glowy baby-like skin.” We buy it, and nothing changes, it may actually get worse. At this point, you shouldn’t blame the product or your friend’s recommendation… It’s a great product, just not for you, or to be specific for your skin type. You can still take other people’s recommendations into account, but you need to study them carefully first. Next time, ask your friends what type of skin they were dealing with in the first place. That will give you a more reliable indicator of how well the product will work for you.

Great reviews are another trap that you need to be aware of. The best way to know if the product will do the work for you is to read the ingredients carefully.


 

3 || Natural Doesn’t Always Mean Better

Have you ever bought a product blindly only because it carries words such as “organic” or “natural”? These words make us feel safe… We say to ourselves: “if it doesn’t help, it won’t hurt.” but that’s not right. Even natural ingredients affect us differently.

You also need to be aware of the fact that the word “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is completely natural, it may refer to one or two ingredients only. So again know what’s exactly good for you and check the ingredients list before buying any product.


 

4 || The Art of Reading The Ingredients

So now after you got an idea of what ingredients suit you best, it is time to see where they fall in the ingredients list. As a rule of thumb, we recommend you to read the first five ingredients as they make up 80% of the product.

Usually, the ingredients are listed from the highest to the lowest concentration. So If the ingredients you are looking for are not on top of the list, or one of the first five ingredients is something you should steer away from, then the product isn’t worth your money.

Another thing, don’t fear long ingredients lists. When you’re looking for anti-aging properties or investing in medical-grade skin care products, the ingredients list will naturally get a bit longer. You can always consult your dermatologist to tell you whether the product is worth it or not.


 

5 || Patch Test

A patch test is a great way to know if your skin is allergic to any ingredient. It helps determine if certain products or ingredients will cause allergic reactions, irritate your skin, or clog your pores. Testing all the ingredients may need so much effort at first, but once you determine what works and what doesn’t it will save so much headache.


 

6 || Ingredients To Seek & Avoid

To Avoid: Fragrance/parfum, Sulfates, Parabens,Formaldehyde, and formaldehyde releasers.

To Seek: Glycerin, Ceramides and hyaluronic acid, L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Retinol, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3).