How to Choose Right Skincare Products?
This is when skincare can get tricky - out of the all amazing options out there, how can you know which product works best on your skin? Ideally, you don't want to do too much trial and error, that would be just a waste of your time and money. To help you out, we've listed some tips on how to choose the right skincare products for your needs.
Firstly - identify your skin type. Skin type is not something static but can change over time due to different factors. Sometimes using wrong skincare products might even cause more problems - yet you've tried to solve one. For example, it's quite common to start treating impurities with choosing intense foaming cleansing gels and exfoliates. Those might imbalance the pH of the skin and create dry skin with more impurities. This means that even though your skin type would be normal when treated correctly, after using wrong products skin might appear dry.
Less is more
We believe that less is more in skincare. You don't need shelf-loads of products for your facial skin. Just a couple of carefully selected products will do. You'll need a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and oil. That's it! No serums, masks, exfoliators are necessary for daily skincare. Of course, you are welcome to add them to your weekly routine if you like. The most minimalistic skincare routine only includes a cleanser, toner and facial oil.
The four top skincare products for every skin type
So, what kind of products to choose then? All skin types usually benefit from gentle washing, skip all gels and foams though - favour cleansing milks, balms and oils. They won't upset the natural pH of the skin or harm the skin's outermost layer. Try, for example, Balm to Milk Cleanser from Flow Cosmetics.
We love mists, toners and essences! However you like to call them, they are all basically the same. Their task is to hydrate and balance the skin after cleansing - all skin types benefit from this, too. When choosing one, pay attention to the ingredients list - try to avoid those with alcohol in them, they will only dry your skin out. Safe choices are, for example, pure floral waters, classical rose water for dry skin and lavender water to calm irritation.
After toning the skin, all skin types need moisturiser, facial oil or both. Dryer skin benefits from the combination of oil and moisturiser, this can also be done only in the evenings or during winter months when the skin needs some extra care. It's also a common misconception that oily or acne-prone skin wouldn't need facial oil. The right oil will help to stabilise and regulate your skin's sebum production (i.e. your natural skin oil) to make you less oily overall. Try, for example, rose or jojoba oil for dry and acne-prone skin.
On normal, dry or mature skin, you can usually use heavier oils such as frankincense or argan oil. They are rich and soothing, sink in quickly, and are high on antioxidants that help prevent skin damage, dark spots, and fine lines by blocking environmental damage.
How do you then know if the product is effective and will do what it promises? Have a quick look on the ingredients list - usually the shorter the list is, the better. Also, look out for fillers and silicones that won't actually do anything for your skin, they are there to make the product feel nice on your skin. We have also written a wonderful information-packed guide on INCI-reading, just download it for free.
Have you already found the perfect products for your skin?