BEAUTY

CALLING ALL BEAUTY LOVERS: HOW TO KNOW WHAT PRODUCTS ARE BEST FOR YOU

March 27, 2020

With all the options there is to choose from, it can be difficult to find the perfect beauty products for you. There are a lot of contributing factors that go into a beneficial product, but it mainly begins with you. By assessing your personal needs and wants out of a specific product, you can then narrow down your options. If you’re unsure of where to begin, start here! Keep reading to learn more about how to know what products are best for you. 

Haircare

Hair and scalp health are important to your overall wellbeing, so it’s important to have products that work. By finding haircare that is more helpful than it is harmful, you’ll be sure to maintain healthier, happier locks.

Eliminate the bad: 

When looking at hair care products, there are some key ingredients to keep in mind that can be particularly damaging to your hair. There are several types of parabens to be considerate of, so be sure to look out for any ingredients that end with ‘paraben’ such as ethylparaben or butylparaben. Another ingredient to be mindful of alcohol as it can cause split ends and breakage. While the majority of hair-care products contain some form of alcohol, it isn’t impossible to find one without it. 

Assess your needs:

To properly care for your hair, you must first become aware of your hair type. Whether your hair is curly, straight, thick, or fine, there are specific products offered for each that cater to the needs of your hair. Beyond this, it’s also important to consider the state of your hair and if it’s color-treated, dry, or damaged as this can require extra TLC.

Give it a trial run:

Don’t be afraid to give products a trial run before you commit to a set routine, as that’s the only way you can know if they work! For thin hair, try using volumizing products to boost the thickness of your hair. If you have thick hair, on the other hand, steer towards shine enhancer products to prevent your hair from looking dull. Those with curls can benefit from curl definers and leave-in conditioner. For additional hair help, try using masks or deep conditioners to provide your hair with the nutrition it needs for luscious locks.

Skincare

Your skin is the body’s protective barrier, so it’s important to give it the proper care that it needs. While it can be overwhelming to choose a routine due to the endless products there are to choose from, if you begin with the basics, you can successfully navigate the world of skincare.

Eliminate the bad:

Products that you’re using on your skin, should be protective and beneficial to your health. This is why knowing your product ingredients can be more important than you may think. You should be checking your product labels for ingredients such as fragrances or mineral oils. Fragrances are typically incorporated into a product to enhance the user’s experience but can cause redness, itchiness, and dry patches to the skin. Mineral oils can increase your chances of acne due to the fact that it is a petroleum-like product that will coat your skin, clogging pores. 

Assess your needs:

One of the most confusing aspects of your beauty routine is most likely the needs of your skin. Are you oily? Dry? Acne-prone? Or maybe you’re all of the above! Either way, knowing your skin concerns is the first step in addressing them and finding the best products that work well for you. 

Give it a trial run:

When trying new skincare products, it’s imperative to remember that you may not immediately see the results you desire. For instance, treatment products such as a retinol-based acne cream may take up to twelve weeks before you begin to see the results you desire. Once your skin adjusts to any new products, you will see the effects the ingredients can have. You should give a product a minimum of two weeks to see results—only then are you able to decide if a product is working for you and your skin’s needs. 

Makeup 

Similar to skincare, makeup is something that’s applied to your skin and close to sensitive areas like your eyes and lips. Therefore, it’s not a surprise as to why you should be aware of what you’re using in your daily routine to ensure that your products work best for you. 

Eliminate the bad:

Just like any other cosmetic product, makeup can also have toxic ingredients that can be harmful to your health A common ingredient you should try to avoid is butylated compounds. They are typically incorporated into cosmetic products to preserve shelf life, but are thought to be disrupters and can cause skin irritation.

Assess your needs:

You can easily assess the makeup best for you, based on the needs of your skin. Makeup can help combat oily, dry, combination, or even discoloration in skin. It’s important to tailor your makeup routine to these needs as it will balance out your skincare routine as well. 

Give it a trial run:

Be sure to be using products that cater to your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, try something mattifying, and for dry skin, reach for a more hydrating and dewy product. Of course, the only way to truly know if you like a makeup product enough to keep it is to see it through to the end! Unless your skin becomes irritated in any way, in that case, you should stop using the product immediately.

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