The skin as you know, is the largest organ of the body. It protects the body from harmful bacteria and toxins. So taking care of the skin, is just as important as taking care of your health.
With the huge amount of skincare brands out there, you may find it quite overwhelming when choosing the right product for your skin. Below are four easy hacks that can help you identify the right skincare products for your skin.
1. Know your skin type
This is the first and most important step in choosing the right product for your skin. Unless stated otherwise, most skincare products in the market are formulated for a particular skin type. For you to be able to get a skincare product that will suit your skin, you need to know your skin type.
2. Identify your major skin concern
Most times, we buy skincare products with unrealistic expectations. We expect one product to resolve all our skin issues, but it doesn't always work that way. Most skincare products are formulated to treat specific skin conditions. So, before deciding on which product to buy, figure out your major skin concern. This will help narrow your search.
3. Research Ingredients
Let's say your major skin concern is hyperpigmentation. How would you know a product that can effectively treat hyperpigmentation?
This is where the need to know your ingredients comes in. You don't need to be a skincare formulator or a cosmetologist to know exactly what you're putting on your skin. Getting yourself acquainted with cosmetic ingredients will help you make the right choices when it comes to buying skincare.
Do your research and find out the ingredients that are proven to treat the your skin condition. Then look for those ingredients in the products.
4. Patch Test
The fact that a skincare product is formulated for your skin type and skin concern, does not mean it will work well for you. There are chances that it may cause irritation. This usually happens when the product contains an ingredient that you're allergic to. It is very important that you do a patch test first before using the product.
To do a patch test, apply the product to a small area on your elbow, wrist or neck. Cover the area with a bandage for 24 hours. Check to see if there is any irritation. If there's none, then it's safe to use. If irritation occurs, do not use the product.
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