There is a plethora of products out in the market and they all claim to be natural or herbal or organic. How do you choose the right skincare product then?
So what, you read about this awesome product this new blogger wrote about and you have to have it. Why? Because she said it is a miracle product and worked wonders on her skin.
Please don’t do that.
I have seen people writing reviews on how wonderful a product is. And that might be the only product of its kind that they have used so far. So there is no comparative study there.
Don’t just blindly follow and buy based on such feedback. See, when switching to chemical free products you will know the difference instantly. But that doesn’t mean that the first product you tried is the best and you should recommend it to people.
When you use products with different ingredients over long period of time, that is when you know the effects and differences between different brands and products.
10 tips to find the right product:
1. Before buying a product read multiple reviews from authentic reviewers and users. Understand your skin type and the reviewer’s as well, before jumping into conclusion. A product well suited for one skin type might not suit others.
Try to read reviews from people who have tried out different brands and products, so that the reviews are actually a comparative study and you find out something better than what you think is best.
2.Try to understand the ingredients in the product and how it suits your skin. Read the label carefully and understand the ingredients and what it does.
3. Write to the brand and ask your queries and let them help you choose the best product for your skin.
4. Contemplate if this product is really required in your skin care regime. Don’t just hoard unnecessary products.
5. Not all natural ingredients are safe : Natural ingredients doesn’t mean it is mild or safe. Essential oils for eg, are very potent and if not used in right quantity with right combination of ingredients. it can trouble your skin.
7. Ask questions. Clear out your concerns. You have every information you need in your finger tip.
8. Always do a patch test before applying the product all over your skin.
9. Understand your skin first, it’s concerns and needs and try to find simple solutions. Most of the time we end up spending a lot on solutions that are easily available at home.
10. Give it time. Most of the time when you switch to natural skincare, our skin will take some time to get used to it. For eg: On switching to natural hair cleanser, the hair will go through a bad phase mostly where it got overly oily, in my case. This is because the hair is subjected to years of chemical abuse where it is stripped of natural oils and now on making this switch, it will take some time to get rid of the toxins and find a balance.
11. The quality of product depends on the quality of ingredients. Don’t judge a product based on it’s complexity. Some products might have a lot of exotic ingredients, but may not deliver results as it could be of poor quality ingredients or might not suit a certain climate. Sometimes the simplest of ingredients can deliver great results if it is sourced correctly and is of high quality.
13. Skincare is not just about the product but also on the way you apply products, consistency of sticking to a simple regime and understanding the skin’s needs. Just spending an extra minute on cleaning the face well before sleep, will do more wonders than using a luxury cream. If you don’t know how to apply each product or layer them correctly, you might never find the right product for you.
14. Your skin’s requirement will change over time. It could change with age, with climate changes, with lifestyle changes. So change your products accordingly if necessary. A heavy moisturizer might work in a less humid region in winter but not in a humid region. This is not because the product is bad.
15. Don’t choose products that are not transparent about their ingredients. if you find only few active products in ingredient list and the rest are hidden under terms like ‘qa base’ or base, it means that the brand has not revealed the complete ingredients. QA base could be fragrance, preservatives, thickening agents etc. Ethical brands will list out all the ingredients and there are many of them in market. So don’t go for namesake natural brands.
16. You don’t always need to follow the trend. Maybe face oils are not for your skin type or maybe chemical exfoliation might case sensitivity issues or matte lipsticks are parching your lips. Stick to what works for you and use natural alternatives. Concentrate on your gut health instead. Happy gut will give you happy skin.
17. You don’t need multiple products for each step of skincare, trust me. For eg: If you are someone who uses a face oil as moisturizer, say Jojoba oil; you can use the same as a first step in double cleanse. You don’t need a separate cleanser. You can remove your makeup with a face oil and even use it as lip moisturizer. If you have say, rose petal powder; you can mix it with face wash or moisturizer to use as a scrub, mix it with curd to use it as a face pack, boil in water to make toner (eventhough steam distilled rose water retains all its goodness), aloevera gel for hair mask, moisturizer, face mask…anyway you get the gist. Don’t fall prey to marketing and keep hoarding products. Set a budget and buy just what you want.
Skincare is relative and very personal. How a product works on you will depend on your lifestyle, climate, food habits, exposure to pollutants, quality of water and many more. So make sure your self care approach is holistic and not just limited to skin care. Cleansing the body will automatically cleanse the skin. So make sure what you eat and drink is a conscious choice and you do it right.
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