The skin is the largest organ in the body and that’s why, inevitably, it needs a lot of care and attention. Life would’ve been easier if all of us had one skin type and one range of products for everyone’s skin needs; but unfortunately, life is a little unfair and we are stuck with thousands of skin products to choose from.
This brings us to the big question: “How to choose the right skin products?” Well, there are quite a few things that need to be done before choosing the right skin product. We will not say that the process is easy but we can assure you that it is definitely worth it.
Without wasting much time, let us dive into the details of the process:
Bring out your magnifying glass: The first step towards healthy skin is to know your skin inside out. Tom Ford advises that “Get a magnifying mirror and look at your face. Do you have broken capillaries? Pale or sallow skin?” The purpose is to find out signs of unhealthy that is usually neglected by the naked eye.
Make notes: Make a list of all the flaws that you notice on your skin- dark circles, dry patches, excess oil, pigmentation, rashes, blackheads, everything counts. Note down all the major and the minor issues. Only when you know which areas of your skin you need to work on, you will be able to choose the right products for your skin.
Narrow it down: After step 2, you will pretty much get a basic idea of your skin type. Depending on your skin type, you can narrow down your choice of skin products. For example, your skin type could be a combination of dry and sensitive. Therefore, you need to choose skin products that are specifically made for a combination of dry and sensitive skin.
Go hunting: Once you have narrowed down your options, go out there and look for skin products that suit your requirements the best. Create filters depending on the price, ease of availability, brands, etc. Remember, expensive skin products do not guarantee flawless skin; choosing the right skin product does.
Learn from past experiences: Go back in time and try to figure out which skin products have served you best in the past. You can either stick to those products or choose products that have similar active ingredients. For example, for oily skin, it is best to choose an oil-free product with hyaluronic acid.
Know your irritants: Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your skin can fall prey to problems caused by external irritants. Dust, smoke, food allergies, etc are some examples of the same. It is your job to understand your irritants and take extra measures to secure your skin from the same.
Talk to people: Before settling on a range of skin products, talk to your family and friends who have a similar skin type or have used the product before. We understand that all of this sounds like a very tedious task but it is a one time process and like we mentioned before, it is definitely worth it.
Know the active ingredients: Different ingredients in skin care products serve different purposes. For example: If you want to reduce your wrinkles, look for products that do not have tocopherol acetate; instead look for products that have Vitamin E and DI-alpha-tocopherol
Shop the smart way: Initially, it is always ideal to start off with sample packs. Sample packs will give you a better idea whether or not your chosen product is actually suiting your skin. The two added advantages are that it will not burn a hole in your pocket and you can always switch to another product if your chosen product fails to do its job.
Talk to a Dermatologist: If you are already terrified of the process mentioned in the article, then we recommend that you visit a dermatologist and let him do all the work on your skin. With a dermatologist’s experience and expertise, you can rest assured that you will get the best feedback and skin care options for your skin type.
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