Your skin is one of the most active parts of your body. It’s continually growing and shedding and protecting you from the elements. It requires a lot of maintenance, but your skin also does a lot of work and takes a beating.
You can give your skin extra protection by using beauty products that aid in repair and support healthy growth. But with so many products on the market, finding ones that actually work can be a time-consuming and expensive endeavor.
Save yourself time and money by using the tips below to choose the right beauty products for your skin.
Choose Products That Have Been Tested
All beauty products come with big claims. The promise to transform your skin and turn back the hands of time. Unfortunately, many of the claims can be attributed to creative marketing teams, not the actual results.
Products that are independently tested for efficacy provide more reassurance that they’ll perform as claimed. Institutions like The Benchmarking Company can use a series of tests and measurements to gauge how well a product works. When you see a product boasting statistics in their marketing campaign, they likely came from third-party product testing.
Always check the ingredients list before buying a beauty product. Allergies are one key concern. Applying the product could cause an allergic reaction that irritates the skin.
There are a few ingredients (toxins and chemicals) that you want to make sure aren’t included because they can be harmful, not helpful. Steer clear of beauty products that include:
- Synthetic Dyes
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Propylene Glycol
- Coal Tar
The list goes on and on. Make it a rule to always check the ingredients list before considering a beauty product.
Your Skin Type
Skin is a finicky surface. There are numerous layers and skin quality can vary from one square inch to the next. That’s why you have to know your skin type before buying beauty products.
There are four common skin types:
- Normal (which is far from the norm)
- Combination (of oily and dry)
Some products are designed for a specific skin type or to treat problems that are associated with a skin type. For example, products with charcoal are meant to help absorb excess oil to reduce the appearance of pores. If you have dry skin then products with charcoal probably aren’t the best fit.
Another consideration is skin sensitivity. You have to take extra precautions if you suffer from eczema, rosacea and other skin conditions.
Before and After Photos
One of best resources you can use is before and after shots. In many instances, before and after photos don’t come from the manufacturer of the product. Today, through the power of social media and smartphones equipped with amazing cameras, consumers are sharing their results online.
A video review on Youtube will give you a much better idea of whether or not a product lives up to the hype. Do keep in mind everyone’s skin is unique. If the reviewer’s skin is nothing like yours you could have polar opposite outcomes.
Another thing to watch out for is the lighting and distance. Look for before and after photos that taken in the exact same lighting, preferably the same spot at the same time of day. The before and after picture should also be taken at the same distance. Shots that are further away are going to show fewer details.
Read Beauty Blogs
There’s a wealth of information just a few clicks away. Every glossy magazine you see at the grocery store checkout line has a blog. Editors are paid to test out various products and create lists of the top picks. Some publications, like Allure, also have annual awards for the best beauty products.
Readers also weigh in with their own opinions. Often you’ll find the top reader picks right alongside the editor picks. When both groups agree a beauty product is amazing, it’s time to start shopping.