When you walk down the skincare aisle at the store, it can be overwhelming seeing all of the products to choose from. There are so many! Each shelf is lined with bottles and tubs: some with pretty packaging, some for combination skin, dry skin, oily skin, acne-prone skin, and more! With so many products competing for your attention and money, how do you know which ones to choose for your skin? Here are five tips on finding the right products for you.
1. Know your skin type.
Most products are made to tend to a specific skin type. So before you even step inside a store, you need to know what your skin is like and which category you fall under: sensitive, oily, dry, or combination. Your skin type will impact how certain products interact with your skin. To determine which category you fall under, wash your face and wait a couple of hours until your skin returns to its normal state. Did it get oily? Dry? There’s your answer! Now you’re ready to start your search. Just know that your skin type can change over time and under certain environmental factors. It’s important to always pay attention to any changes your skin might be experiencing.
2. Know the ingredients that are best for your skin type.
Now that you know your skin type, you should know which ingredients work best for it and which ingredients to avoid. Each skin type interacts differently to certain ingredients. Some can intensify the problem and others make it better. The perfect product for your skin will depend on its ingredients…here are a few to look out for.
- Dry skin: Using an ointment or cream instead of a lotion. Keep an eye out for products containing olive oil, jojoba oil or shea butter. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, other ingredients that help soothe dry skin include lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, lanolin and mineral oil.
- Oily skin: For those of you with oily skin, use an oil-free, non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores) foaming cleanser containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to prevent breakouts. You wouldn’t think oily skin needs a moisturizer but it does. Choose one that has a lightweight, non-comedogenic formula that contains sunscreen.
- Sensitive/Acne-prone skin: For those of you that have sensitive skin or acne-prone skin, the fewer ingredients in a product the better. Look out for calming ingredients like green tea polyphenols, chamomile and aloe.
Products containing sunscreen are important to any skin type. Choosing a moisturizer and/or cream that contains SPF is crucial and will help to maintain youthful looking skin while protecting it from the sun.
3. Know the ingredients to avoid.
Just like there are ingredients good for certain skin types, there are those that can have negative reactions to certain types. Here are ingredients that each skin type should avoid.
- Dry skin: Deodorant soaps or products containing alcohol, fragrance or alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) will stop the skin from retaining its natural oils. Avoid any product with these active ingredients.
- Oily skin: For the same reason you should use products with these ingredients for dry skin, you should avoid them for oily skin. Anything with cocoa butter, fragrance, cinnamon and coconut oil will clog oily skin and increase breakouts.
- Sensitive/Acne-prone skin: You’ll want to avoid any harsh detergents commonly used in facial cleansers and soaps that break down the natural lipids in your skin like sodium sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate. Overall, put back any product containing alcohol, fragrance and detergents which can all easily irritate the skin.
4. Do your research.
Never buy a product without doing your own research first. Always read the labels for their active ingredients. Ingredients are typically listed in descending order starting with the largest amount in the product (usually water) to the smallest amount. Ingredients with less than 1 percent in the product can be listed in any order. Keep an eye out for those ingredients that work best on your skin and those to avoid. If you see an ingredient that you’re unfamiliar with, look it up on a credible website.
5. Create a daily skincare routine.
The best thing you can do for your skin is maintain a daily skincare routine. You won’t see results with your products without repetitive use. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see improvements to your skin in a week. This is something that may take a month or longer. For more information on creating a skincare routine, check out our blog, Six Products You Need For Your Daily Skincare Routine or Does Your Skincare Routine Need An Upgrade?
Now, you’ll be able to walk down the skincare aisle with confidence. You won’t get lost in the many bottles and tubs or swayed by their pretty packaging. You know what products are best for your skin and which ones you’re willing to invest your money in. At Sanseti, we make it easy for you to find the best product for your skin by listing out all of the product’s ingredients. Visit our website to find products perfect for your skin!
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