According to a study conducted by OnePoll, the average American spends a total of $3,342 on skincare products each year. That’s a little over $200,000 in a lifetime. With so much money spent on these products each year, and so many products to choose from, it’s far too easy to become overwhelmed by what products are best for your skin. To help you better understand what to consider when buying skincare products, we’ve come up with the top five things you should keep in mind when looking for the right skincare products.
Consider the Brand When Buying Skincare Products
When considering what skincare products to buy, one of the first things many people take into account is the brand. With so many brands available in the market today, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when browsing the skincare aisle. While name brands don’t guarantee a higher quality product, you should consider sticking to reputable brands when trying out new products.
Large brands will typically have quality products that have been tested rigorously, and may oftentimes be FDA approved. Buying from larger brands can also help ensure that the product you are buying is safe, and not counterfeit, or made with ingredients that can harm your skin.
That said, if you know what ingredients to look out for, and what products work best for your skin, it’s always great to buy local and help support small businesses.
Buying locally-made skincare products oftentimes means they are made with local ingredients, which can help provide an economic benefit to your community. Since most small businesses that produce skincare products don’t have access to large manufacturing facilities, their products usually contain local, organic ingredients. Not only are these ingredients good for your skin, but they can be good for the environment as well. Much like using local honey can help with allergies, local ingredients like hemp oil used in skincare products can be great for your skin.
Whether you’re choosing a large brand name or a local mom-and-pop skincare product, it’s important to do your research. If the brand doesn’t have good reviews, or if their products have a history of recalls or harmful ingredients, it probably isn’t the best choice for your skin.
Consider Price When Buying Skincare Products
Much like the brand, a larger price tag does not equal a superior product. Before you head off to the store, make sure you have a reasonable, sustainable, budget for your skincare products. In today’s market, it’s far too easy to wind up paying hundreds of dollars on skincare products, only to find out they make you break out or make your skin oily.
Different skincare products will have different prices based on factors such as quality, packaging, and some ingredients used. Oftentimes, you can wind up paying extra just for a fancy-looking bottle. That’s why it’s important to have a budget.
When considering what skincare products to buy, having a budget in mind can help prevent overspending. It can also make it possible to find the best skincare product for not just your skin, but your wallet as well. That said, you should let the prices of the products available to you guide your budget. Once you narrow down your needs, look at what the average price of that product is, and go from there.
It’s also important to avoid the highs and lows. A higher price tag may seem enticing, especially for products that promise to help with ailments like acne or eczema, however, it may not always be the right option. On the other hand, a questionably low price tag may be an indication of poor quality.
So, what’s the answer? A happy medium between high and low is a great place to start, especially when shopping around for new products. Also, don’t let price tags wear you down. Finding a product that works for you financially is always the most important thing when considering what skincare products to buy.
Find the Right Store
This one may seem odd, but not all stores are created equal. That’s right, it may come as a shock to some, but your local grocery store may not be the best place to procure your skincare products.
Finding the right skincare products can be frustrating, especially if you only have access to a handful of brands and products. When considering what skincare products to buy, it’s important to take note of what stores you have access to, as well as what they carry. Some stores will specialize in more than one type of product, while others may only carry a few. You should also note that while there are several large cosmetic stores in the market, not all will be able to serve your exact needs.
That said, nowadays you can find virtually anything online through several websites and retailers. Through these retailers, you’ll have access to products that may not be available anywhere near you, which can greatly increase your chances of finding the right products for your skin. Read reviews, research different products, and different brands, and find a product that works best for you.
Consider Your Needs When Buying Skincare Products
Your needs are the most important thing to consider when buying skincare products. What your skin needs should influence the choices and decisions you make when shopping. It’s important to remember that the type of product needed differs for everyone, and what works for you may not work for everyone. For example, a product that treats acne is different from those that moisturize or tone your skin. Before buying skincare products, make sure they will serve their purpose. Don’t buy products on a whim, or without doing your research.
If you have chronic dry skin, make sure the products your using don’t have ingredients that could continue to dry your skin such as alcohol. Similarly, if your skin is oily, avoid ingredients like coconut oil, as it can clog your pores.
Understanding your needs is extremely important when it comes to buying skincare products. Make sure the products you’re using don’t interfere with one another, and that they are working as advertised.
Understand Your Skin Type
Understanding your skin type is perhaps the most important thing to remember when considering what skincare products to buy. According to dermatologist Michele Green, MD, “There are no bad products necessarily, but sometimes people with different skin types use the wrong product for their type of skin.”
There are many different skin types, each requiring different products, which can make finding the right ones difficult. People with acne-prone skin and sensitive skin need to be extremely careful when choosing skincare products, as several commonly used ingredients can damage their skin. Those with oily skin can handle a wider range of ingredients that would otherwise cause breakouts in other skin types.
Below are some ingredients that you should consider when buying skincare products for your skin type:
- Oily Skin: Look for products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic acid or salicylic acid), benzoyl peroxide, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients can help control excess oil production, and can also help provide hydration in areas that your skin needs. Avoid products that have ingredients like petrolatum (petroleum jelly) or other oils that can make your skin more oily.
- Dry Skin: For dry skin, look for products that have ingredients like shea butter and lactic acid. These can help keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. Avoid products with alcohol or heavy fragrances, as these can dry out and damage your skin.
- Acne-Prone/Sensitive Skin: For sensitive skin, try using products that contain aloe vera, oatmeal, and shea butter. These ingredients can help moisturize your skin while also helping prevent breakouts.
What Is the Pain Resource Community Saying?
We asked our online community members what they consider when buying their skincare products, and they were more than happy to share with us!
- “I look for all-natural skincare products made with ingredients like aloe vera,” says Quick-D.
- Clarissa S. says “SPF and moisturizers!”
- Dori S. says, “I look for what scents are in them. Are they artificial? I’ll pay more for pure essential oils without a lot of alcohol or chemical scents.”
- “I always go for cruelty-free, natural skin products,” says Melissa C.
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