I already spoke about the best vitamins for your skin, but didn’t go into detail about how you can choose what is best for your skin. I have combination skin and am still acne prone (whyyyyy?!) In addition, I have a few freckles and fine lines. Previously, I used a few different serums that sounded great and generally targeted age spots or brightened skin. They were popular products and seemed like a good idea. But, when I thought about it, I really needed to focus on my own problem areas. I started to read a lot more labels and pay attention to what I need now.
How to choose the best skincare products
1. Use products that target your troubled areas
Everyone’s skin is different. There are definitely great skincare products that serve multiple functions. But, does your skin need that particular product? Concentrate on your skin problems and the products that will alleviate them. I’m concerned with fine lines and brightening. I use the Fresh Rose toner daily for some moisture. But, I don’t need super moisturizing products like La Mer which would be fabulous for those with dry skin. Meanwhile, I do like Mizon snail cream because it specifically works for fine lines and acne scars.
2. Understand the potency
I’ve had acne since I was a teenager. I required stronger products, like ointment with at least 5% benzoyl peroxide. Similarly, my skin can handle stronger peels as well. That’s why I want to try the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial which has 25% AHA/2% BHA to resurface the skin and exfoliate. Previously, I had more sensitive skin, but now I’m looking for the powerful stuff.
3. Apply in combination with complementary products
Certain skincare products simply work better in combination with other ingredients. This is a great article of a few ingredients that are more effective together. For example, lactic acid as an exfoliant works well with antioxidants for brighter results. Grab a product(s) that work efficiently together. I may apply a moisturizing toner and mask if I feel a bit dry or similarly a brightening toner and mask. I find that the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy boosting mask has been good at exfoliating and brightening my skin.
4. Use the best skincare for your environment
What is the climate like in your area? I’ve always lived in a city (pollution!) and spend most of my year in a sunny/humid climate. I do a deep cleanse once in a while with the Fresh clay mask to really draw out dirt and oil. In addition, I also wear lots of sunscreen, anything from Supergoop sunscreen serum to my daughter’s Babyganics sunscreen. I will try to get mattifying sunscreens and foundations since it’s hot here. Finally, I will also use Vitamin C which is an antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals/sun damage.
5. Use safe ingredients
Look at the ingredients list on your skincare products – do they all make sense? Use natural and non-toxic ingredients whenever possible. But also remember that certain essential oils may actually be irritating for your skin as well. Natural ingredients are great, but may not be the most effective for your skin. I really like the Drunk Elephant philosophy of not taking into account an “ingredient’s synthetic or natural status, but instead choose based on its safety and bio-compatibility”.
I’ve had quite a journey in choosing my skincare products but I’m almost there. I hope that this was helpful for you too!
What are your tips for choosing great skincare products?