Top Things To Consider Before Investing In Skin Care Products


Taking care of our skin and using the correct set of products not only helps maintain the skin barrier but also helps us achieve the dewy and radiant skin we all dream of. People often confuse skincare with makeup, but the two are different. Skincare products focus on maintaining the health of your skin, while makeup adds an extra layer of glamour. Hence, the two are not the same. 

When it comes to choosing products, whether you opt for high-end brands or a stores own branded rage, it's crucial to choose your skincare wisely. The brand doesn't always matter, but the ingredients and quality do. So, if you're new to the skincare world, here are the top things you must consider before investing in skincare products.

Understand Your Skin Type

First and foremost, before investing in any product, it's important to understand your skin type because every product caters to a particular skin type. You need to determine whether you have oily skin, dry skin, a combination of both, or if you have acne or skin allergies. This is crucial because if the product doesn't suit your skin type, it might cause more harm than good. So, you can either consult your dermatologist or seek advice from a beauty expert at the skincare store to understand your skin type before investing in products.

Helping us understand the importance of understanding skin types, Mukta Purain, Founder of MissPalettablle, adds, "Everyone’s skin is different and it’s really important to understand your skin type and concerns before investing into any skincare products. There are four common skin types, normal, oily, combination and dry. The easiest way to figure out your skin type is to wash your face with a cleanser. Wait for 30 minutes and then assess your skin. If you see shine and oil on your skin, this means you are oily. If your skin feels tight and dry, this means you are dry. If you see a mix of oil on your T zone and tightness on your cheeks, this means you are a combination. Finally if your skin feels just fine, no tightness and no oiliness, this means you have normal skin. Note that skin can vary and change depending on the environment, so adjust your skincare accordingly."

Start Reading The Ingredients

When purchasing skincare products, it's easy to fall into the trap of advertisements and buy products solely based on brand promises and claims. However, it's crucial to read the label, understand the ingredients, and research their effectiveness and compatibility with your skin type before investing. For example, a good moisturiser should be easy to absorb, non-sticky, and lightweight, with no synthetic ingredients. Similarly, sunscreen should provide broad-spectrum protection, be lightweight, and leave no white cast on your face. So, start reading and prioritise your skin's health and avoid potential long-term issues.

Explaining this further, Mukta Purain, Founder of MissPalettablle, adds, "Depending on your skin, you should be looking at ingredients. If you have oily skin, products with salicylic acid or mandelic acid are great. Niacinamide is a great ingredient as well for inflammation. When it comes to chemical exfoliators, BHA is great for oily skin. On the other hand, hyaluronic acid is great for hydration. Again it comes down to doing your research on ingredients and what your skin concerns are. Skincare is very personalised, so you have to look at it from that point of view. Reach out to professionals and dermatologists if you are feeling lost and start slow. Don’t start a 10-step skincare regimen just because someone told you so. Start with a basic skincare routine for your skin type. Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise. Build from here and add activities depending on your needs."

Dr Tanya Unni, Founder and Director at Dr Tanya Skincare, Skincare and Cosmetic Care Specialist, says, "A few key ingredients to look for in skincare products include hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, and peptides. One can also look for specific concentrations of active ingredients listed on product labels. Effective ingredients are usually present in higher concentrations, typically listed higher on the ingredient list. It's important to note that ingredients are listed in descending order of concentration."

Patch Test Is A Must 

After reading the ingredients and doing your research, the next step is to conduct a patch test. Apply a small amount of the product on the inside of your forearm to determine if it suits your skin. This simple test helps rule out any possible irritations and protects your face from potential damage.

Understand How Each Product Works 

Not all body lotions are suitable for every part of your body. While one lotion may work well for your hands and legs, it may not be the right choice for your face and eyes. It's wise to invest in products specifically designed for different areas. For the delicate skin around your eyes, consider using an eye cream. For your lips, opt for a lip balm with sun protection factor (SPF), no colour, and moisturising properties. When it comes to your face, choose a lightweight or a heavier cream-based moisturiser based on your skin type.

"Investing in skincare products that are tailored to your skin needs can be more cost-effective in the long run. By selecting products that work well for your skin type and concerns, you are less likely to try numerous products that don't deliver the desired results, saving both time and money," adds Dr Tanya Unni, Founder and Director at Dr Tanya Skincare, Skincare and Cosmetic Care Specialist. 

Opt For Products Approved And Certified By Dermatologists

Many products proudly display certifications and approvals from dermatologists on their packaging. Always keep an eye out for these indications. Your skin is delicate and sensitive, so it's crucial to use products backed by research and endorsed by experts. Using products that lack professional support can potentially harm your skin. Ensure that experts endorse the products you choose, or consult your dermatologist to verify if the product is suitable for your skin type.

Dr Tanya Unni, Founder and Director at Dr Tanya Skincare, Skincare and Cosmetic Care Specialist, adds, "While purchasing a product, one can access reliable information to evaluate products before making purchases through third-party sources such as websites, magazines, and independent experts. These sources can provide unbiased reviews and evaluations of products based on their ingredients, performance, safety, and suitability for different types of skin. It is essential to check the credentials of the reviewers to ensure they are reputable and unbiased. In addition, shoppers can seek the advice of dermatologists and other healthcare professionals to enquire about the best skincare recommendations for their skin type, acne, wrinkles, or other skin concerns. Healthcare professionals can guide products to use, their ingredients, and the science behind them."

Set A Budget

It's essential to set a monthly budget for skincare products and conduct research on brands within that budget range. Affordable brands can still provide effective skincare solutions, while high-end brands offer advanced formulations for quicker results. Allocate your budget wisely based on your skin's needs and desired outcomes. Remember, not all expensive products guarantee results and not all cheaper options are bad. So, choose products that provide value for your money to achieve your desired skin goals.

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