"If you don't see anything beautiful in yourself, get a mirror"
- Kendall Jenner
- Kendall Jenner
(From left to right) Tatcha: Camellia Cleaning Oil, Lush: Cup o' Coffee mask, Tatcha: Polishd Rice Enzyme, Banish: Vitamin E oil, Glam Glow: Thirsty Mud mask, Banish: Pumpkin enzyme mask, Lush: 9 to 5 cleanser, Josie Maran's Pure Argan Oil Light, Tatcha: Silk Lotion, Herbivore: Blue Tansy mask, Babor oil cleanser, Farsli 24K Rose Gold Elixir, Philosophy: Purity Made Simple cleanser, Tatcha: Dewy Skin Mist, Lush: Angels on Bare Skin Almond exfoliator.
There are so many skin care products out there but what should you be looking for when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck?
I have a few tips on what your skincare products should have and why.
1. None to very little fragrance.
Your skincare products, unless it is a cleanser, should have no scent or if it is natural, very little scent. We want this because fragrance in cosmetics products can be synthetic or, most likely, contain alcohol. We do not want any type of alcohol based fragrance to sit on our skin, as alcohol (-OH) can per-oxidize the skin to create free radicals.
Lavender oil is something to look out for because it can cause wrinkles by oxidizing the other oils or ingredients in the products which are then free radicals that can out stress on the skin and cause wrinkles.
2. The main selling point of the product should be listed in the first half of the ingredient deck.
What I mean by this is that if a jar of moisturizer says that it's royal jelly moisturizer then royal jelly should be listed in the first half of the ingredient deck. Now the former is not a strict rule, there are some exceptions because of the chemistry that goes into skincare products.
You also have to look at what you are paying for. The more expensive it is, the more of that "miracle/special" ingredient should be in there.
And again research that special ingredient to see what it really does.
3. Does it address your ACTUAL skin concerns?
Ask yourself, what is in it that will benefit my skin and my concerns? Will it lighten acne scars or lift mature and sagging skin?
If your skin is dry or more mature, and you are looking at a product that addresses this, make sure you look at the ingredient deck and product consistency. For dry/mature skin types: best products tend to be creamy and thick. Whereas for oily types, the products tend to be gel-like or less-emollient.
If you are 20 years old and looking for an anti-wrinkle cream but have no wrinkles and go to try a stellar anti-wrinkle cream product. You are going to be disappointed because, well...you have no wrinkles to fix! You will most likely not see a difference. So make sure you have actual concerns before going out and buying something you do not need.
4. Try to go with as natural and/or small an ingredient deck as possible.
Natural is usually the best in terms of knowing that most of the ingredients in the skincare products you know, can pronounce and usually self preserving. But it may not be as effective as the more synthetic or chemically derived/processed products can be. Natural versus chemical is just a preference.
I do not feel that skincare products SHOULD work overnight, UNLESS that is how it is advertised as, but even then... In fact, you should always give your skin 3-4 weeks of testing the product to really see if it does anything.
Natural products tend to be less harsh as well, which is good for your skin. Just like trying to lose weight, write a term paper or cooking a good meal, it takes patience and will require some time to see any results.
A small ingredient deck means less potential for filler or fragrance ingredients.
In fact, you should always give your skin 4 weeks of testing the product to really see if it does anything.
Rule of thumb is to do some actual research on the products and really dissect and look at the ingredient deck.
If there is an ingredient in the list that confuses you, just research it. Make sure that if you are choosing a product because it is advertised as something-or-other miracle whats-it, that the ingredient deck reflects this. Just keep in mind that product processing and other ingredients in the product can change the effectiveness of the product.