This is a question that stumps us all the time! Nothing can get more personal than skincare. What works for me might not work for you at all! Why? Because our skin type is different, our concerns are different, our skin tolerance is different. So no matter what some captions may declare- there is just no ‘one & done’ product that will give you the results you seek. Read on to learn more.
I'm a newbie- Where do I start?
We start with the basics, i.e - Cleanser, Moisturizer & Sunscreen. The tendency is to dive into actives like exfoliants and serums when you begin to notice signs of aging like fine lines and sun spots, but it doesn't work that way. If you start using acids without having a strong foundation in place, it's like building a tower without pillars- a recipe for disaster! Only after you've built a bond with the essentials can other products come into the scene depending on whether your skin is oily or dry or a combination of both, whether you suffer from acne & subsequent pigmentation etc... you will need to research, experiment and then find the dedicated products that will help to tackle these issues.
How do I keep it simple?
If you are not one to spend 15 minutes doing an 8 step routine like some of us fanatics, Looking for well rounded formulas can help make your life easier. For example, Naturium has a range of products which have multiple ingredients in the same product whereas the range from The Ordinary mostly have single ingredient products. But the number of products that you need to use depends chiefly on your skin concerns. Sometimes, one product is all you need to make a world of a difference. And other times, you would have to use more.
For instance, Let’s have a look at one very common skincare issue- dull skin. A dream combo to target dull, uneven skin is Vitamin C and an AHA(Alpha hydroxy acid). Vitamin C serums can be used as a part of your daily routine and work by targeting the site of pigmentation, while AHA’s such as Glycolic acid need only to be used a couple of times a week and work by exfoliating the dead skin cells to reveal smoother and brighter skin. When you approach skin issues in this manner, using ingredients that complement each other, it can help you achieve results faster.
If you get our gist, there is no magical product that will transform your skin overnight. A trending product might have worked for your sister, but it might break you out. Be wary of what influencers try to sell. No matter how genuine they may seem, at the end of the day, it is their job. Learn about ingredients , what's good and what's not. This is what is going to actually benefit you and help you understand your skin's needs better, do your own research and seek the right product that has the best chance of working for you.
So to answer the question - You will never know which is the best product until you try it!
For other skincare issues and how best to deal with them in the most considerate and informed manner, watch this space..
Have a glowing day ahead!