Browse the aisles of any pharmacy or beauty supply store and you’ll see shelf after shelf of skincare products, all of them promising to deliver healthy, radiant and glowing skin that is blemish and wrinkle free. Of course, if perfect skin could be had by using just any old cream then everyone would have perfect skin, wouldn’t they? So obviously much more is needed when shopping for products than to just read the marketing slogans and advertising on their labels. What should you look for when shopping for skincare products and is there any way to discern if any really are better than others?
For one thing it’s good to remember that your skin is as unique to you as your fingerprint. Your friend or mom or sister or coworker may have had great success with certain skincare products but this alone shouldn’t make you think that these products will work well for you. You may have very dry skin while theirs is very oily, or vice versa, and so on. What works for one person by way of skincare products isn’t always going to work for someone else.
It’s important for any skincare products you purchase to be water-based, which means that they’ll be absorbed by your skin more easily and that they won’t clog your pores and cause breakouts. Most skincare products list water as their first ingredient and this is a good thing; it doesn’t necessarily mean that their ingredients are watered down or diluted.
It’s also good to shop for skincare products that are meant for your type of skin specifically. Do you have dryness and flakes? Then of course you need a good moisturizing agent in your product. Do you have breakouts? Then you need an acne treatment product, but this should be used on the area of the breakouts only and not on your entire face.
No matter what your skin type you may want to opt for skincare products that are meant for sensitive skin as these usually are free of perfumes, dyes, fragrances, and other products that typically irritate most skin. And many people have sensitivity to new products whether they usually have sensitive skin or not. If you’re trying some new types of skincare products or something new in your skincare routine, then make sure everything is designed for sensitive skin.
Vitamins are also very important when it comes to any skincare products you’re shopping for. The skin’s health and appearance are greatly affected by the vitamins it receives from your eating and from the products you put on your face, so make sure you get skincare products that contain vitamins A and E especially. Vitamin A is important for your skin’s cellular regeneration, and vitamin E contains natural oils that work great as a moisturizer. If you keep yourself mindful of all these points you’re sure to find products that are perfect for your skin’s tone, condition, and that will contribute to its overall health and appearance.