I used to buy cosmetics blindly from any cosmetic online store or based on the feedback of my acquaintances and spent a lot of money on things that did not suit me in the end and went to the trash.
When I started to understand the needs of the skin and the work of different products, it became easier for me to make the right choice at the makeup store.
Remember the feeling when you walk into a huge cosmetics store. It is not clear where to start the search and what to pay attention to, and consultants are constantly urging to buy something. You bring home a beautiful jar, try it and after a while realize that the product does not improve the condition of the skin in any way. And sometimes it even brings problems: it dries out, causes acne or allergies.
The next time you have to buy another tool, and so on over and over again, until you come across something that fits. Knowing your skin’s needs and analyzing the information on the label can help if you want to speed up the process, save money, and find the one that is more likely to suit your request.
The label of the cosmetic product will tell you how the product works and what effect to expect from it, how long the product will last, how long it can be kept closed and open, with what probability it will cause allergies if you are prone to it.
With decorative cosmetics, everything is relatively simple: we know what color or product we need to achieve an effect. To even out the skin color, we choose tonal means to emphasize the eyes or lips, we go in search of mascara, shadows, pencils and lipstick.
With care cosmetics, everything is not so obvious: it is not clear whether the skin needs a serum, cream, mask, or all at once. Therefore, before purchasing any product, determine the condition of the skin and the problems that concern you.
Dermatologists continue to categorize skin types as dry, oily, combination, normal, and sensitive. Many publications also use these skin types, and there are articles that show the correlation of certain physiological measurements with skin type.
Of course, this is a very simplified system. In fact, the structure of the skin is more complex and different parts of it can be of different types. Therefore, we cannot say that one person has only one type of skin in general. In addition, normal skin is very rare — this is a practically non-existent ideal. Most of the products are divided by skin type, but in general, this can be guided by. Despite the fact that the division is rather archaic, it has a scientific basis.
Before you go in search of the coveted jar, stand in front of a mirror and examine your skin. Assess exactly what you want to fix and how your skin is feeling.
Choose one of two statements in each paragraph and consider each of them when choosing a product in the store. For example, if you have dry skin with wrinkles and age spots, and discomfort is extremely rare, then you do not have to choose products for sensitive skin. Focus on those that work for your type of problem: dryness, wrinkles, blemishes. If your skin is oily, without wrinkles and pigmentation, but irritation often appears, look for products for sensitive oily skin.
The condition of the skin can change depending on the season, as well as some diseases and their treatment. For example, in winter, the skin becomes drier and more sensitive due to the tendency to dehydration. It is necessary to take into account the condition of the skin before buying each new cosmetic product.
This approach will help narrow your search among a variety of cosmetic products and save you from unnecessary expenses. When a customer does not know what problem they want to solve with a product, they are more likely to buy something that will not work in the end.
Cosmetics do not always help. Here are the cases in which it is most often powerless and which statements on the packages should not be made.
Scars and stretch marks. A scar or scar is a formation on the skin that occurs at the site of a deep cut, severe burn, or tissue stretching during pregnancy or rapid weight gain. Cosmetics cannot remove scars, as it works on the surface and in the uppermost layers of the skin and does not penetrate deeply. Exfoliating products can only lighten the skin around the scar and thus make it less visible.
Enlarged pores. Pores are small holes in the skin through which sebum and sweat enter the surface. Thanks to advertising and «Photoshop» it seems to us that on healthy skin pores should not be visible, but this is not so. Pore size depends on heredity, hormone function, skin condition, and certain skin conditions. So far, there is no proven way to reduce the size of pores and make them invisible. But mild cleansing products, along with retinol cosmetics or acids and moisturizers, can make pores less visible.