How To Shop For Skincare Products

Skincare philosophy says that you should use only the lightest of ingredients when it comes to skincare products. “In this regard,” continues the skincare industry’s mantra, “you need to apply the product in thin to thick.” Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? Well, not really.

What actually constitutes “thinner to thick” and “drier to oily” skin types? To find out, let’s first acquaint ourselves with each of our four skin types – normal, dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. “In reality,” as we’ll shortly see, there’s more than just one answer to that question. But to simplify things for the purposes of this article, our normal skin types are usually what we’re looking at, although people with dry skin types may appear closer to oily skin types in certain ways.

Normal skin types have more oil-secreting glands than any other type, which means they also have plenty of oils and sebum (the substance that provides lubrication and shielding). Because of that, normal skin types are typically more sensitive to the elements, and skincare products are designed specifically for them. So if you pick up a moisturizer for normal skin, don’t be fooled by the advertising hype and try to look past the ingredients listed – this is not a product made to treat oily or dry skin, or combination skin types. The key here is that there are some specific ingredients that are specially designed for those conditions. For example, the ingredient hyaluronic acid is best used in skincare products that target dry skin because it increases water content by bringing moisture back into the skin’s cells.

Let’s take a look at what else is available, then. Serums are designed specifically to work on a specific part of the face or body. A facial serum might focus on eliminating blemishes by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. An anti-wrinkle serum might remove wrinkles by repairing the damage that free radicals and UV exposure have done. And toner might offer some quick results to revive your skin tone quickly and make the other skincare products in the line more effective.

Cleansers are the final category, and they fall under the broad umbrella of skincare products. They clean and remove the impurities left behind after using a cleanser. There are two types of cleansers: mild and deep. A mild cleanser is good for normal to dry skin, while a deep cleansing mask will work with oily or combination skin types. Skincare cleansers should be used once daily, but if you have extremely oily or combination skin, you may want to use them twice a day.

Now that you know the four basic ingredients to look for in your skincare routine, you can shop wisely. If you’re unsure what to buy, shop around for makeup that has similar ingredients. If you have fine lines or wrinkles, consider purchasing a concealer that matches your skincare routine. By using a few different items, you’ll have all your bases covered. When you start your skincare routine, get ready to take good care of your face.

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