There’s nothing like shopping for new skincare products. Well, any kind of shopping is great in our book. But with skincare, nothing beats unwrapping a new cleanser, toner or any products for that matter. What makes it so great is the general anticipation of using it for the first time and seeing how great it works for you. Sadly, this is not the case in all situations.
Sometimes you end up picking up a product that clogs your pores, breaks you out or makes you develop rashes. Yes, having a new skincare product is great but you must also ensure that this will not be detrimental to your skin. How do you avoid this? Well, read on.
1. Factor in your skin type
There’s a reason why companies create products in different variations to suit different skin types. What could work for one may not work for another since different skin types also have different needs? We will be discussing different skin types and common misconceptions with regard to these categories. Skin care expert Renée Rouleau has divided the types into oily, dry, combination, sensitive, acne-prone and normal skin.
For oily skin, surprisingly, sebum production is not the measure to know whether or not you have oily skin. If you have enlarged pores, this means you suffer from oily skin. You are considered to have dry skin if you have small pores and your skin usually feels rough and tight. If you’re still suffering from breakouts, this means that you may not have dry skin since breakouts stem from oil production. You have combination skin if your enlarged pores are only found along your T-Zone.
Sensitive skin is pretty easy to spot since this means that your skin just reacts, turns red or becomes irritated easily. Acne prone skin may be a result of different factors like age or hormones but regardless people with acne, those who are always on the prowl to look for the best treatment for acne, are considered acne prone. Lastly, the normal skin type means that you do not have enlarged pores and your sebum production is at a minimum.
2. Do your research
The beautiful thing about this day and age is the fact that almost all information can be reached by the tips of our fingertips, through the Internet. How great is it that we can just type “best sunscreen lotion” on our computers and we already have so many options to choose from. If you’re watching a beauty vlogger rave about a certain skincare product, of course, it is tempting to want to buy that product as well. However, you have to remember that people are born with different skin types so you can’t always take their word for it. However, if you do enough research, you could always pool together different reviews from beauty vloggers and even online forums which discuss skincare products extensively. This is a great way to find out if people with a similar skin type as you, also liked or disliked a certain product.
Another way to properly research how good a skincare product is by going to the store and asking for samples. The great thing about this is, not only is it free but it also gives you a chance to test out the product before deciding to purchase the real thing.
3. Conduct a patch test
Speaking of trying out a free sample, this would be the perfect time to conduct a patch test. A patch test is literally applying a new product onto a small patch of skin to test it out for possible side effects. The perfect place to conduct a patch test would be an area that can be easily hidden just in case a negative reaction occurs. The patch of skin at the back of your ear would be perfect.
To conduct a patch test, you must first familiarize yourself with the instructions on how to use the product. Apply it then leave it on for 24 hours or so. If you notice any type of irritation, then discontinue using such product, if not then that’s just great news. Doctor Howard Sobel, M.D, a dermatologist based in New York City, urges everyone to use the patch test method even if a product contains active ingredients you have actually used before. He claims that people develop new allergies to things every single day and just because you didn’t have a negative reaction before doesn’t mean you never will.
So the next time you get excited about the idea of buying a new thing to add to your skincare regime, you should stop and consider reviewing it first, consider its pros and cons and of course applying a patch test first before using it on the entirety of your face.
Daisy Grace is a Health & Beauty Consultant, who helps women live a life they love, in a body they live. She enjoys writing on different topics related to health and beauty topics. Daisy’s purpose and passion lies in facilitating health breakthroughs with women who deserve good health, happiness and self-love. She writes on all aspects of women’s health and beauty skin care and also various product reviews.