Developing a brand new skin care routine can be exciting and fulfilling because it allows you to choose products that suit you and your skin perfectly. However, it can be hard to tell which products you should invest in. By following the tips below, you will be able to design a routine with products that are great for your skin.
Learn About Your Skin Type
Everybody's skin is different, but there are a few main types: dry, oily, and combination skin. Each skin type benefits from different products and care practices. Spend some time looking at your skin and working out what kind you have. Does your skin ever get dry and flaky, or do you feel greasy at the end of the day? When you know your skin type, you can search for information and products marketed at that type. For example, if you have dry skin, you might want to focus on moisturisers with hyaluronic acid, which can help to hydrate your parched skin. However, if your skin is naturally oily, these same products will be completely unsuited to your needs.
Think About Your Allergies & Sensitivities
As everyone with sensitive skin knows, it can often be difficult to find products that suit your needs. Search for skin care manufacturers who use natural ingredients, and who show a deep level of understanding about sensitive or allergy-prone skin. You should also find out about common allergens in cosmetics, such as parabens and sodium laureth sulfate. Then you should avoid products that have these ingredients. If you don't know what you are allergic to, you can ask your GP for help and advice. There are many medical tests for allergies, from patch tests to skin prick tests.
Consider Your Values
When you've found out what products would suit your skin, you may want to find out if they also match your ethics. This is purely a matter of your personal beliefs. Some people do not approve of the use of certain ingredients such as honey, while some only buy from manufacturers who deal with natural, plant-based ingredients. If animal testing is something that concerns you, then do as suggested by Cruelty-Free International and choose products that bear the international Leaping Bunny logo. No matter what your ethics are, you'll find lots of information on the websites of skin care manufacturers, and on sites and blogs dedicated to ethical beauty.
If you follow the tips above, you're sure to develop a great routine with products that you're excited about using. If you need more advice, you can ask staff in your favourite cosmetics shop or contact local skin care manufacturers.