There are so many beauty products available on the shelves today for normal, combination, oily, and sensitive skins. This may cause confusion and make you wonder which products are best suited to your skin. Shops sell everything from toners and cleansers to moisturisers and eye-creams. You want to achieve a flawless complexion, but what if you are using too many products?
Use the Basic Essentials
Some people like to follow the three-step process for skincare by using soap or a cleanser followed by a toner and then finally a moisturiser. This method, especially if carried out with branded products, can be expensive over the long term. Expensive does not necessarily mean better. Some ingredients are harsh on the skin, so it is important that you scan the label of the product before you buy. Speak to a salesperson, who will be able to put your mind at rest. Look for natural emollients such as glycerine, coconut oil and even shea butter. A cheaper way to cleanse the face is to massage a little coconut oil into it, wait up to a minute and then wipe the oil away with a hot washcloth. This is called the oil-cleansing method.
Use pH-Balancing Products
Throughout the day your skin will develop a natural oily film called sebum. This is the skin’s natural antibacterial agent. In order to prevent the removal of natural oils, buy products that are pH-balanced. If the pH is too low, you may experience dryness. If you are unsure of the pH on the product, ask a salesperson or check the label for further instructions.
Skip the Fragranced Products
If a product contains a synthetic fragrance, as found in most shop-bought skincare products, it may cause an allergic reaction. Opt for fragrance-free products, or look for hand-made skincare products that are scented with essential oils like our items.
Choose Natural Over Man-Made
Ingredients such as mineral oil are man-made. It is found in everything from make-up and cleansers to lipsticks and moisturisers. Man-made ingredients do not absorb as well as plant-based emollients. Hand-made skincare products are more likely to contain nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter. Hand-made products contain kinder ingredients and are often cheaper than shop-bought skincare products.
Some people practise the most minimal of skincare regimes and manage to achieve flawless skin, while other people think that the more products they use, the better the appearance of the skin. This is simply not true. Choose a product that is affordable, kind to the skin, nourishing and good value for money.