How to Choose the Right Skincare Products
There's no denying it: skincare is a confusing topic. And not just for your average person who wants to keep their face looking good (though that's important too!). Even if you have some experience with skin care, there are still certain things about product use and ingredient selection that you might not know, and that can be the difference between getting results and not. If you're looking for a guide to skincare products, then look no further! We've put together a few tips for how to choose the right skincare products for your skin type and what kind of ingredients you should be looking for in each one.
Consider your skin type & needs.
Consider your lifestyle, too. Your skincare routine should also be tailored to your daily activities. For example, if you don’t wear makeup often but do spend a lot of time outside in the sun, then sunscreen should be an essential part of your daily routine.
Skin type is the most important factor in determining which products work best for you. Your skin’s oil production is determined by genetics, and can be affected by factors such as diet and environment. If you have oily or combination skin, you may need to use an oil-free product to keep your pores clean without clogging them up. For dry or sensitive skin types, you may need to use a moisturizing product that contains ingredients like niacinamide or hyaluronic acid. If you have normal skin, then you can probably get away with using any type of skincare product, but–!
If you're unsure with what type of skin you have, a quick trip to the dermatologist would be your best bet to know!
Know what ingredients are good for you.
You should also know what ingredients are good for your skin type. This might be a little difficult to do if you're not an aesthetician or dermatologist or biochemist and whatnot, but don't fret! Technology has come a long way, and we now have access to cool sites like INCIDecoder to help you pinpoint which ingredients serve what purpose on almost every product out there.
As a general rule of thumb, here's a list of ingredients to look for:
- For oily skin: AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid or salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid. These help control excess sebum while hyaluronic acid provides hydration only where needed.
- For dry skin: Shea butter and lactic acid will both hydrate and gently exfoliate the skin to keep it looking bright.
- For sensitive skin: Aloe vera, oatmeal, and shea butter are great moisturizers with minimal risk of causing breakouts.
Be aware of skin allergies.
It's important to be aware of what you're putting on your skin. Allergies are common and can cause severe reactions, including redness or swelling. If you suspect that a product has caused an allergic reaction in the past, don't use it again until you've consulted with a dermatologist about changing your skincare routine.
Common allergens include fragrances (like perfume), preservatives (such as parabens), dyes (including artificial coloring agents), fragrant ingredients such as vanilla or lavender oil—and even natural oils like coconut oil!
These ingredients may cause irritation and inflammation when applied topically if your skin is especially sensitive, but you don't need to worry too much unless your doctor says so. Remember: everyone's skin is different! What might not work for your skin may be working for someone else.
Here’s some hypoallergenic skincare you can get:
Recommended for: brightening and moisturizing all skin types!
With Rice Powder to mattify complexion, and Pink Grapefruit Extract and Zinc to purify the skin.
Overhyped doesn't always mean effective.
The first thing to do is to make sure that what you are buying is actually going to benefit your skin. If it doesn't, then don't buy it!
For example, if a product doesn't work for me and my skin, no matter how expensive or popular it is—I'll try something else instead. This is why it's important to check the ingredients list to see if the hype is really true and if it has a higher chance of working on your skin specifically.
Formulated with antioxidants Resveratrol (from grapes!) and Strawberry Extract to help protect from environmental stressors—which can lead to early signs of aging—and Hyaluronic Acid for a megadose of hydration.
BioBalance Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex features three different weights of hyaluronic acid molecules, which allows it to penetrate multiple layers of the skin for multi-depth hydration.
Ask for help when you need it.
If you're unsure of what to buy and how to apply it, you could start by asking someone who has good skin. A doctor or dermatologist can also most definitely help you choose the right products for your skin type and explain how they work. Your family members may also be able to give some great suggestions as your skin types and genetics may be really similar. You can even approach any of our friendly staff in our Beauty Bar stores to recommend you products targeted at specific skin concerns!
Beware of products that make false claims.
When you're shopping for skincare, it's important to pay attention to what the product claims. Some companies make false claims about their products that can be easy to fall prey to if you aren't careful!
- Celebrity Endorsements: It makes sense that since celebrities have their reputations on the line when they endorse a product, they have to make sure that whatever they're endorsing is worth it. There may be thousands of products and services endorsed by celebs on social media, but this doesn't necessarily mean anything about the quality of their endorsements or products—don't assume that just because someone famous uses something means everything has been tested by an independent lab before being released into the market place! It's still important that you do your own research before buying a product.
- Claims That Are Too Good To Be True: There are plenty of marketers out there willing to pull any stunt they can get away with in order to get your attention (and money). Don't fall for "miracle" products that promise to resolve all your skin issues overnight without any side effects! Read the ingredients and check if it's safe to use. If you're not sure about the credibility of a product, it's always a good idea to check out its reviews by other people who have used it. Just make sure that these reviews aren't being paid for by the company!
We hope this guide has helped you learn more about skincare, and maybe even inspired you to take the first step towards a healthier skin care routine. Remember that you don't have to choose a product just because it's popular or recommended by your friends. Keep slaying, #BBarbabe!
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