Today the cosmetic industry is a million dollar business and sometimes it’s hard to decide what is best for your skin. Infact choosing the right cosmetics is many times a trial and error. The fact is that everyone’s skin is different and so you need to personalize your cosmetics to your face. There are so many different brands out there and so many different cosmetics targeted toward almost every skin type so most of the type it leaves you confused as to what is the best for you.
Choose cosmetics that match your skin tone and complement it. When you use cosmetics fit for your skin tone you will complement and enhance your features rather than washout or overpower it. It’s worth it to invest in good makeup. If you have good quality makeup, your face will look good and skin will stay free from problems as makeup stays on the skin for long hours.
Why is it important to personalize your skin cosmetics: What you put on your skin is as important as the food you eat. Chemicals that come in contact with your skin can be absorbed into your bloodstream. Many of the ingredients used in cosmetics and personal care products are toxic, even though they may not cause any reaction on the skin. Some cause cancer. Some of the most commonly used ingredients combine with other ingredients to form cancer-causing substances.
So how do we choose what’s best as well as safest for our skin? Here are some pointers which will help:
List of the ingredients mentioned: Though the ingredients mentioned by many cosmetics sellers might not be complete, it is important to make a note of the ingredients as well as the additives and preservatives. Sometimes your skin can react to the preservatives as well as the fragrances. Once you have a known allergy to any of these, please avoid them altogether in any further products. Many of the manufacturers use words on labels to promote their products which are misleading and false. For example – hypoallergenic, completely natural, herbal etc.
Harmful chemicals: Cosmetics are made from chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, lead, mercury and phthalates. The effects of many of these chemicals on your skin have not been adequately researched, so side-effects cannot be ruled out. At best, these could irritate your skin or cause it to erupt into a rash. Also many products contain cancer-causing ingredients along with ingredients that enhance absorption of the product through the skin into the bloodstream.To make sure the products you’re buying are safe, check the ingredients against a reliable safety list and then go ahead.
Multiple ingredients in single product: Many cosmetic brands mention a long list of ingredients and after seeing that many of us are confused. Such products need not be better than the one with shorter list of ingredients. Infact in case of an allergy, it is very difficult to pin point the culprit in such a case.
Determine your skin type first: Before placing your finger on the right skin product it is important that you know your skin type and do not get carried away by the seller. This can be done with your dermatologist who will suggest you the skin type. These days there are sophisticated software and technology that help you determine your accurate skin type.
Remember your skin type is dynamic: By dynamic we
mean that your skin type is not fixed for your entire life and is subject to change. The factors that affect your skin type is the internal factors like hormones and nutritional status as well as external factors like the workplace, the cold / hot environment, the pollution levels, etc. For example, even in a humid place like Mumbai, if you work in a place with air conditioners full day, your skin will go dry and you will have to use moisturizers more frequently. So when your place of living or workplace changes, your skin care cosmetics will need a change too.
Take a patch test: If any doubts about any ingredients causing allergy or rash, take a patch test of the product on the forearm or behind the ear for 24 hours. If there is any itching or redness, avoid using the product. In case of any allergy to unknown application, consult a dermatologist.