Updated: Sep 14
Every time you step out to buy a skincare product, you get introduced to limitless options. Unfortunately, a lot of these options make great promises whereas, in reality, they deliver nothing. Apart from this, some good products turn out to be expensive and the newly launched are hard to be trusted. But this will happen no more if you understand your skin type and its requirements and read the product composition carefully.
For that, you need good research and the question of where to start arises. Well, right here! Stay tuned while we take you through this whole journey of finding the right skincare product for you. Listed below are some points to reckon with before buying skincare and organic face products.
1. Selection Based On Skin Type
The first and undoubtedly the most important step is to know your skin type. Oily skin generally remains unaffected by harsh skincare products, so small risks wouldn't do much damage. Be careful if you have acne-prone skin, as they are highly sensitive and the wrong product can only be worse.
Oily Skin – Oily skin is marked by excess sebum production. Products containing Benzoyl Peroxide and alpha hyaluronic acid can control this production. You may also look out for products containing niacinamide, this ingredient is known for absorbing oil from the surface of the face. A lightweight moisturizer is highly preferred for an oily skin type
Dry Skin – Dry skin makes better friends with cream rather than lotions. Creams with shea butter or lactic acid are a boon for you as they are less irritating. Any good moisturizer for dry skin has to have these ingredients including jojoba oil.
Sensitive Skin – This might sound weird but least ingredients your product has, the better it is for you. Your skin cannot handle a lot of compounds at once. Aloe vera, green tea and shea butter are some great options for you.
2. Analyze The Active Ingredients
So, now you have a brief idea of what products will work for you the best depending on your skin type. So now, go through the ingredients printed on the back of your bottle and analyze if they are the right ones for you. Note that all the ingredients are mentioned in the decreasing order of their composition. The first five ingredients are responsible for almost 80% of the product's composition, so have a close look at them. This trick will greatly help you save both time and yourself from investing in a product that in turn harms you.
3. Conduct A Patch Test
Never ever compromise on a patch test. What is a patch test? So, a patch test is simply applying the product to a small part of your skin to check if it causes any allergic reaction, burns, redness or acne flare-ups. This process, if skipped can have serious repercussions and might even leave some unwanted tattoos on your skin. Not just skin damage this even does enough wallet damage too, and no one wants an investment that's depreciating. So, never trust a product no matter how branded it is, as it may just be your body at times, not syncing with the product.
4. Keep Distance From These Ingredients
You already have learnt now, what's good for your skin, and which ingredients are your friends. It is equally necessary now to know which ingredients are your enemies and need to be avoided. Paraben, fragrance, formaldehyde, sulphates, phthalates, SLS or SLES, mineral oil, BHT and lead are some of those ingredients which should have no connection with your skincare routine at all. Stay as natural as possible, nature has created us and our skin finds it easy to cope with its effects. Chemical-based products provide a temporary solution and will kill your skin in a long run.
5. Don't Let The Glamour Fool You
The most common mistake we make and marketing agencies use the same against us is falling for good-looking products. Just because a product has good packaging and is endorsed by your favourite celebrity doesn't mean it is safe. So, do not blindly follow the herd and step out to put effort and buy the right product based on all the necessary instructions that we have provided you.
This blog is to give you a complete idea of how a skincare product is bought but you need to take that step too. Just like every skill needs practice to be mastered, choosing a skincare product needs you to go out and search for a product yourself. These are the requirements if you are ready to put your soul into having healthy skin. Once you do start investing time in research and discovering yourself, it will pay off in the long run and your skin will thank you in the brightest ways possible or say the most glowing ways possible.