There are many things to consider prior to buying any product related to skincare and beauty. If you’re unsure of where to begin or what you need to know, we’ve got you covered!
While purchasing a skin cleanser, moisturizer, or makeup item may seem as simple as seeing something you like and tossing it in your cart, the process should be handled with caution and knowledge unlike buying any other personal care product.
Do you have allergies? Are you sure of your skin type? Are you informed about ingredients? Do you have a preference on whether a face wash is organic or synthetic?
Below are some tips and things you need to know before choosing the appropriate beauty products to add to your collection and routine!
Your Skin Type
In order to practice your most effective skincare, it’s absolutely important to know your skin type. Back in the day, ladies had a limited selection of skincare items to choose from, like those perfumey “all purpose” cold creams on your grandma’s bathroom counter. Today, there’s an unending variety of formulas tailored to care for our unique skin types, but they only work their best if you use the one meant for your skin!
Before purchasing products, read the labels to find the active ingredients. If there are ingredients that are unfamiliar, look them up to find out how they work. This also goes hand-in-hand with being aware of your skin type and educating yourself on how certain ingredients may affect it.
The Benefits Of Sunscreen
Sunscreen protects your skin from the dangerous and aging effects of the sun. Many moisturizers and foundations, for example, contain an SPF of 15 or higher. Finding the perfect products for you that also have dual effectiveness is ideal.
The Product Claims
While you’re checking out the ingredients, make sure you read the label and the fine print. Be wary of wording that “guarantees” a certain result or says it improves a skin ailment. Also remember that drugstore products do not contain the same level of active ingredients as prescriptions do.
Sample First, Buy Later
If you’re worried about possibly having an allergic reaction to a product you’ve never used before, or purchasing something that doesn’t work with your skin the way you’d hoped, then sampling is a great idea. Most beauty and skincare products come in sample sizes and packets for this very reason. Subscription boxes can also help our your budget by allowing you to try samples and save you money!
If You Have Allergies
The unfortunate problem with allergies is that you often don’t know you’re allergic to something until it’s too late. If you have sensitive skin or are already prone to allergies or allergic reactions, you have to be extra careful when choosing skincare or beauty products. Do your research and check for any potential side effects or safety warnings.
Organic vs. Synthetic
“Organic” is a big beauty buzzword lately. Have you noticed? Organic product labels are heavily regulated by the USDA and must use all-natural materials that have not been genetically modified, contain synthetically-produced materials, or grown with pesticides and other chemicals. While there is no clear-cut evidence that organic products are more effective than synthetic products, most people feel a peace of mind about the ingredients. Decide which products you’re most interested in and which ones will work best with your skin type.
Your Commitment Level
Are you a stickler for routine? Are you looking to buy the basics, or buy an entire line of products? Assess your commitment level prior to making any purchases, but please know that to achieve optimal results with any beauty or skincare product, using it regularly as part of a routine is essential. More products = more time commitment when it comes to routine.
What Your Dermatologist Recommends
Even if you don’t have a personal dermatologist, it doesn’t hurt to see what products out there come highly recommended by dermatologists, estheticians, or the American Academy of Dermatology. If you do see a dermatologist or esthetician, simply ask them to offer their recommendations based on your skin type and what you’re hoping to accomplish with your beauty product of choice.
Having great skin shouldn’t have to come at a great cost. That being said, prescription products or high-end items will undoubtedly be more expensive than your favorite drugstore brands. Figure out your beauty budget in addition to how many products you’re looking to add to your regimen.
Alana Mitchell is the day spa owner at Skincare by Alana, beauty/skincare expert, and licensed esthetician. Skincare by Alana is a popular online skincare shop for famous brands like Rhonda Allison, Eminence Skin Care, TRIA Age-defying Laser, and many more. She doesn’t believe in beauty products that are not tried and researched, rather she is excited about natural organic day spa treatments that work. She loves to share skin care & beauty tips on her Skin Care Blog.
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