Websites for dermatologists always state the importance of choosing the right skincare products as they can make or lead you to having skin breakouts. First, let’s talk about cosmetics.
Cosmetics are generally defined as “articles intended to be applied to the human body (so it’s not just skincare or makeup) by being rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on for cleansing, promoting attractiveness, beautifying, or altering the appearance.” Cosmetics are also functional and they are defined as “items fulfilling specific actions”. One of the examples of these functions can be skin whitening, reduction of fine lines, protection from the sun, among others.
Now that we have a better idea of what cosmetics are, how do we choose the right ones for us?
Here are some tips (in no particular order) to consider when choosing the right type of cosmetics to use:
Know Thyself –
Knowing your skin type is always important as it allows you to choose products and create a skincare regimen that is right for you. The main skin types are dry, oily, acne-prone, combination, normal, and sensitive. For example, when it comes to oily skin, dermatologists recommend using a exfoliating face gel containing either salicylic acid, lactic acid, or glycolic acid. Acne-prone skin can benefit from products with sulfur or benzoyl peroxide to help curb oil production and prevent further breakouts.
Look for Quality –
Your skin is as healthy as the products that you apply. Choosing cosmetic products using quality ingredients will help promote healthy skin while poor quality ones can do more damage such as drying out your skin, giving you allergic reactions, and so on – doing more damage than good. If you’re worried about cust, think of it as an investment with valuable returns. Quality also doesn’t always have to mean expensive (as there are also less expensive cosmetic products that use quality ingredients), – you can check with professionals which products are worth it for your price point.
Go Natural –
Mother knows best, they say. In case, no one can beat mother nature. A lot of cosmetics using natural ingredients have been proven to be as effective (and even better) as those made or contain synthetic ones. They are also less irritating, have better long-term effects, and are eco-friendly so you’re doing both your skin and the environment a favor.
Do a Patch Test –
A patch test is a good way to know if the product is right for you or not. It can help determine if the product itself or certain ingredients can cause an allergic reaction (such as irritated skin or clogged pores). If the product makes your skin worse than it already is – stops using it. This step saves not just your skin, but time and money as you won’t waste them on products that don’t work for you.
Consult Your Doctor –
Always consult your trusted dermatologist as she or he can help guide you towards the right products and procedures to make the most out of your skincare and effectively address any dermatological issues you may be having. With your dermatologist by your side, you can be sure to have better hair, skin, – a better, happier you in no time!
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