• María A. Donis

5 Things To Look For In Skin Care Products


Maintaining a healthy skin is all about knowing what to look for in your skin care products. Treating the problem of your skin can be a burden if you do not know which product is best for your skin type or problem. I have compiled these five key strategies to choosing the best skin care.

1. Determine your skin type:

You will need to figure out which skin type you have in order to treat better your skin care needs. Not everyone suffers from the same problems, therefor they will not use the same products. There are four basic types of skin: normal, dry, oily, and combination. Your skin is determined by how much oil or moisture you retain in your skin, how large are your pores, and how your skin reacts to outside irritants.

Here is a brief description of each kind so you can start determining your skin type: - Normal Skin: you have a few imperfections, no significant sensitivities, and you have very small pores that are barely visible.

- Oily Skin: generally suffers from large pores that leads to shiny or dull skin. Prone to blackheads and blemishes from clogged pores.

- Dry Skin: you have dry skin if you suffer from rough, scaly or dull skin. You may also suffer from itchy patches and practically invisible pores.

- Combination Skin: you have areas that are oily, normal and/or dry. The size of the pore may also vary in areas, for example the forehead and nose.

Note : If your skin sometimes itches, stings, burns or breaks out in rash when you try new products, you may suffer from sensitive skin. If you do, it is important to try out products in small areas before applying completely, as well as to look for products that are hypoallergenic or made for sensitive skin. Ask your dermatologist for medicated skin care to solve those extra hard skin problems.

2. Determine what are your skin problems

Once you have determined your skin type you can easily target your problem areas. You might have a combination of problems that may need independent treatments; not all creams work on all problem areas. Typically, younger skin has hormonal problems that lead to acne problems and as it gets older, it starts losing its elasticity and causing wrinkles or sagging lines. The sun also causes damages like dark spots that you can target with products like whitening cream.

Look into what type of problems you have and if there is a correlation to your age, working environment, health and overall lifestyle. You can make more improvements by treating this areas by drinking more water and eating more fruits, nuts and vegetables.

3. Determine which skin care ingredients are best for you

Each product, as well each ingredient has their own benefits to different types of skin. Look for products that can target multiple problems like a vitamin C serum that treats spots, elasticity and protects the cell walls. Other ingredients like tea tree oil are powerful agents against acne skin inflammation. You might also want to consider the types of alcohols being used in your products to see if they will strip away too much skin's moisture. Also be weary of mixing different types of acids in our skin as they can cause too much irritation.

4. Always protect yourself with sunscreen

Never ever forget about applying sunscreen! It is not just for sports, going to the beach, our outdoor activities. You can add sun protection to your skin with tinted BB Creams, but the best option is a light weight formula that you can wear under your makeup for example a water based formula. Many are powerful enough to be worn for outside activities but gentle enough to not cause any acne or additional bumps to your skin.

If you have a lighter skin tone, make sure to wear SPF 30+ or sunscreen with higher protection; if you have darker skin you can range in between the 15-30 SPF. Make sure to wear sun protection as the last step of your morning routine and reapply every 2 hours.

5. Monitor your results and the products shelf life

Lastly, take notes of your skin care progress for future references. It is always good to remember which skin care lines are best for your skin and which were harmful to your skin. Some products may work excellent during the summer but not be enough for the winter time. Take in consideration as well how long the product lasts to avoid unnecessary skin damages. This along with the rest of the tips will help you maintain a healthy skin, as well as helping you make the right choices when it comes to your beauty products.

Now all you have to do is to apply this tips to your next skin care or beauty products purchase and get started to improve your skin care routine. If you still have not established one, read more about my tips to starting skin care routines here. Remember to always be strong, and #staybonito.

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