I am one of those unfortunate people who suffers from eczema. That’s why when it comes to choosing products for my skin, I am always super careful. In the past I have made the mistake of using products that have irritated it, causing my eczema to become red, itchy and sore – not a nice combination.
With so many amazing products on the market, it can be a little overwhelming choosing new things to try. This is especially true when you have to be mindful of your skin, and what it will and won’t react to. While choosing the best products for my skin can sometimes be difficult, I think that I have finally perfected it.
In case you are also struggling to choose the perfect products for your skin, I thought I would share a few useful tips:
Shop by your skin type
One of the most important things that you can do when it comes to choosing beauty products is shop by your skin type. Whether you have sensitive, dry, oil, combination, or normal skin, you need to take your skin type into account when shopping for new products.
If, for instance, you have sensitive skin and use a cream that’s been created for normal skin, it could cause your face to become irritated. By using the correct products for your skin type, you can ensure that your face is as happy and healthy as possible.
Look beyond the label
When we buy new beauty products, most of do a quick scan of the label, and that’s it. Obviously, checking for any nasties is important, but we should also be looking beyond the label. Before buying a new product, use your phone to Google it, and see what comes up.
If you have five minutes to spare, have a look online for reviews of the product. Aim to read at least three reviews of the item before you decide whether to buy it or not. Reviews are a great resource for finding out what the product is like, and whether there are any downsides to it, before you buy.
Test it out
Stores like Boots have testers of their products so that you can try them out before you buy – make sure to take advantage of this. If there is a new product that you want to try, pop a small amount on the inside of your arm or on you neck behind you ear.
After a few minutes, you should be able to see whether your skin has reacted to the product or got on well with it. The signs of a reaction include reddening of the area, soreness, and itchiness. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to avoid the product.
Opt for natural products
Wherever possible, always go for products that are natural, or as natural as possible. Steer clear of any beauty products containing chemical nasties, as these can wreak havoc on your skin. Yes, natural products might be more expensive to buy. But when you see how much healthier your skin looks, you’ll realise that it’s more than worth the cost.