An Expert’s Advice to Picking the Right Skincare Product

There are a wide variety of different skincare products out there. While this does certainly give you a broader range of options when it comes to finding the perfect ones, it can also make it a lot harder for anyone who doesn’t know what they’re looking for.

Your skin is unique, and not all products will be ideal for your needs. With this in mind, it’s always worth taking the time to learn a little more about what works best for you. To help you out, we thought we’d briefly discuss a few things that can prepare you to go shopping for the ideal skincare equipment.

First of all, how can you tell what a skincare product is made with?

Most individuals who look at the list of ingredients will find that it’s more or less just a collection of words that they don’t know. This is because the majority of people simply aren’t familiar with the scientific and chemical names of the widely used ingredients that go into skincare products.

The full names of specific ingredients are often used to make a product sound worthwhile or even more expensive – but this can make it quite a challenge to simply look at the back of the box and see if something is suitable for you.

What’s the solution?

You don’t always need to head to Google to get to grips with every ingredient you come across. Instead, we’d suggest that you make note of a few key ingredients before you buy, such as:

• Ceramides
• Glycerine
• Hyaluronic acid
• Vitamin C (especially the l-absorbic acid form)
• Vitamin B3 (niacinamide)
• Vitamin E (tocopherol)

Additionally, it might be worth having an understanding of what ingredients to avoid. A few examples of this include:

• Artificial fragrances
• Formaldehyde (and formaldehyde releasers, such as quanterium-15, diazolinge urea and DMDM hydantoin)
• Oxybenzone
• Parabens
• Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
• Sulfates

It’s always best to be safe when it comes to buying products for your skincare needs, so if you’re ever unsure, a little research to get the info you need can go a long way.

Don’t just buy a product for its popularity

Sometimes, it simply seems much easier to look at what’s hot at the moment. After all, buying trendy products often works for other people, so why wouldn’t it work for you?

The issue is that we are all unique and when it comes to skincare, it’s rare to find something that’s perfect for everyone.

Countless individuals fall into the trap of buying based on recommendations from a friend or influencer, but you can’t base your decision on what their skin looks like now. Rather, you should consider what their skin was like before and what type of problem they’re treating with the product in question. This way, you can get a better idea of how it will work for you.

If you keep these few factors in mind, you should have an easier time finding reliable skincare products that will give you the results you’ve been hoping for.


Pippa Ashton
Pippa Ashton

I'm a fully qualified Beautician and a practitioner of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures. Having worked in the beauty industry since 2011 I have gained a lot of experience and gone on to become a published expert in a wide range of matters concerning health, beauty and nutrition.

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