A woman’s skin is soft and sensitive, and you need to be careful when you buy any cosmetics or cream. The skin on the face is thinner than the skin on the body. Hence you must identify cosmetics that suit your skin. The creams and cosmetics you use have an impact on the skin, so you need to be aware of what you are buying and what it does to your skin.
Each kind of beauty product is made of different ingredients, and you must understand what it does for you and does to you. Here is a quick guide on the ways to identify products that suit your skin, specifically your face.
Understand your skin type
For effective skincare, you need to know your skin type. Back in the day, there were standardized perfumed skincare creams available that all women used. But today there are different formulas made to suit different types of skin. Misdiagnosing your skin type and using wrong products can lead to skin problems. The first thing to understand is the difference between skin type and skin condition. A skin condition is temporary, and a skin type is what your skin is actually.
For examples, eczema that creates dry, flaky skin is a skin condition and not really a person’s skin type. There is one simple way to identify the skin type you have. Wash your face, removing dirt and oil and then pat dry. Dong apply any cream or serum, leave the skin bare. Wait one hour and see how the skin behaves. If it becomes itchy and tight with flaky patches, then you have dry skin. If it feels greasy then its oily while if it’s oily on the T-zone and dry in other areas, then its combination skin, if it feels normal – not dry, not oily then it is normal. And if it’s red and irritating, then it’s sensitive.
Don’t buy products with alcohol or perfume
Every product has different ingredients mixed into it. Sometimes the ingredient list is too long, and the ingredient name could be new. But before you fret, you must know that most ingredients are added to bind or thicken the product, which may not be good but aren’t bad for skin either. So, what do you need to look for? There are 2 products which don’t add value but can be bad for the skin too – perfume and alcohol.
The added perfume could be an allergen, and there could be phthalates in the perfume compound. The next thing you need to do is scan the ingredient list for alcohol. Specifically look for ethanol, alcohol denat, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, methanol and ethyl alcohol. Beware if you see this in the few lines of the ingredient list.
Remove the pots and containers
Check the packaging of the bath and body products for women. Don’t pick up any product that is in containers or pots. Face and skin products that allow air and light inside the container may not contain any concentrated active ingredients. If they do have it then due to oxidization the cream can become yellow. This means it just becomes only a grease pot. When you buy a face product, you look for an effective formula that will not only moisturize but work on your skin to make it better. Something that protects from sun damage and makes skin healthy. The best option is airless packaging that you get in tubes.
Look for ingredients that do something for the skin
Beneficial ingredients are the best way to identify cosmetics that suit your skin. An ingredient like Vitamin C or Niacinamidehas multiple good qualities. Other ingredients like Allantoin and Vitamin E are also good. The first five listed ingredients are usually those with the most concentration.
Common active ingredients are petrolatum, glycerine or lanolin. A cream that has sun protection is an advantage. You could also go for a moisturizer that has retinol in it, which is Vitamin A. Avoid ingredients such as parabens and sulphates. These can harm your skin more than do good.
Ensure the product suits skin
Remember we talked about skin types and you must get a product that suits your skin type. Most active ingredients in creams are good for the skin. However, you need to watch if you have sensitive, then don’t touch products with exfoliants such as glycolic acid. This ingredient should be in your daily creams, but you could look at using it separately. If you have blemished or oily skin then avoids grapeseed oil, oleyl alcohol and coconut oil. Choose a product that has aqua at the top, as the cream will be water-based.
You don’t need more oil. People with oily skin can go for serums or toner with active ingredients as well. Women with dry skin can go for rich face cream or use a serum and then apply a thin layer of a basic oily cream.
Get a tester first
The product you want to buy may have the best ingredients, but it still may not suit your skin. You need to watch out for how the product reacts to your skin. A cream with a lot of active ingredients may initially cause spots to appear. This is commonly seen in medical cosmetic treatments such as skin peels. Get a small trial pack and do a patch test. If the skin becomes itchy, swollen and red, then stop use immediately. You are probably allergic to them. A cream with a lot of active ingredients is more likely to cause a reaction than a diluted cream. So, get a tester first and then go for the regular size packs.
You don’t have to pay a bomb for an effective cream and in all probability; it may not be worth the price. You are probably paying for the name and marketing. There are plenty of poor-quality cosmetics that are sold at high prices. So, the high price may not mean good. Getting a cosmetic product that is suitable for your skin may seem arduous initially. But in the long run, you will notice the change and the benefits.