Think you’re ready to purchase a new skin care line? Have you thought about this?
Workout how much money you are willing to spend on a skin care range. Prices can range anywhere from a couple of dollars to a couple of hundred dollars. It is important to know what your minimum and maximum expenditure as this can limit your skin care options.
Organic or Natural or Synthetic?
It is totally your preference; however, it is important to know what chemicals are in your skin care range. Organic and Natural products must only contain organic or natural ingredients. Synthetic products are those that contain genetically modified or synthetically produced ingredients. For some people a synthetic skin care range may work for them as they have very specific issues with there skin. There is no evidence that any of the above are more effective… but if you ask me, who wants to buy and use products that have toxic chemical ingredients or unethically sourced ingredients?
What are the active ingredients?
First of all active ingredients are important for delivering specific benefits. Active ingredients are essential in making skin care products work so you will find them in all versions of skin care. The most common and important active ingredients are Vitamins A, B, C and E. To top it all off if this isn’t confusing enough the active ingredients will read different on the label… But I gotcha’ girl. Here are some of the names that may be used instead:
- Vitamin A: retinol, retinyl-propionate.
- Vitamin B and B5: niacin, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid.
- Vitamin C: L-ascorbic acid.
- Vitamin E: DI-alpha-tocopherol.
The real message here is to choose products that have active ingredients that have been clinically proven to be effective.
How in depth do you want your skin care line to be?
To be honest this is your personal choice but the most basic skin care line will have a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser. However, if you are looking for a more complete regime that can cover all your skin needs than you should consider adding a toner and serums.
Sample the Products
Last but not least, have you asked to try samples? Most beauticians or dermatologists should let you take home a sample or small testers, because you don’t know unless you try. Everyone’s skin is different so it is important that you sample the product/s for at least a week. Also, take the opportunity to go home and do some research about the company and where they source their ingredients from. If you have chosen organic options find out who certified that product as a lot of companies can simply place an “organic” label on their packaging.