Know Your Skin Type
Do you know what your skin type is? If you have oily or dry skin, it’s probably pretty apparent which you are, but combination skin can be tricky to diagnose. With combination skin, the cheeks tend to be dry and even flaky, while the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) are oily. If that sounds like your face, then you probably have combination skin. Skin that is prone to break-outs or redness after using new products or strong ingredients can be classified as sensitive skin.
It’s important to know which skin type you have. If you don’t know and you buy a product meant for oily skin, when yours is dry, you won’t get the desired results. There’s really no point in spending money on a product that won’t suit your skincare needs.
Check the Ingredients
Even if you don’t tend to have sensitive skin, there are certain ingredients that can really be harsh on the skin. Many skin care products have a variety of chemicals in them that can be quite damaging to skin if not used properly or in small amounts. In general, it’s better to go with all natural ingredients when possible.
Most people don’t really think to check the full ingredient list on their skin care products. It’s easy to get distracted by the big “Contains Vitamin E” or other large print ingredients on the front of the bottle. When a product claims to contain a certain ingredient, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the main ingredient. It’s a good idea to take a look at what the entire product is made up of, not just the most popular ingredients.
Just because something uses herbs or real fruits doesn’t mean it’s ideal for your skin, though. In fact, many natural ingredients are also covered in pesticides which find their way into your skin care items. Fortunately, by choosing organic skin care products, you can avoid this problem. Organic products will be chemical and pesticide free, allowing the skin to breathe and most people won’t have any adverse reaction to organic items.
One of the best ways to be sure that a product is really the right one for you is to simply test it. Once you have chosen a skin care product that has organic ingredients and matches your skin type, it’s time to try it out and see how it works for you.
When testing skin care products, you’ll want to give them at least a week before making a decision. Three to four weeks is even better, since it may take a little time for the product to work with your skin, especially if you have pre-existing conditions. For example, if you have particularly dry skin, it could take a couple of weeks for the lotion you use to really penetrate and take effect. The same thing goes for blemish creams and the like. They do tend to take time to work, so give your trial a proper time restriction so you can be sure.
Natural, organic skin care products that have been selected with your particular skin type in mind will always produce better results than those laden with chemicals. They work with the skin to create a healthy epidermis.