In an era where more and more beauty products are saturating the market, getting lost in the world of cosmetics and skincare can be easy. Users are constantly introduced to promising new products that put their best foot forward in advertising their claims. Somewhere down the line, while lots of things catch one’s interest and attention, deciding which product to purchase can also take a toll on the users.
Fret not for here are some beauty questions beauty junkies can ask before finally deciding which beauty items to choose for themselves.
1. Is it safe?
The very first thing users must ask when it comes to buying beauty products is whether or not it contains harmful chemicals or not. Health communities around the globe have identified several chemicals that may negatively affect the skin. Some of these are:
- SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate/sodium lauryl sulfate)
- Coal tar
Users are encouraged to check for themselves the ingredients that are present in their skincare products and not necessarily depend on other people’s opinions. By doing so, you can avoid unnecessary spending on products that might potentially harm the skin instead of bringing you benefits.
2. Is it approved by regulatory bodies and professionals?
This bleeds from the first question above. Doctors and experts on the fields of cosmetics and skin studies are the authorities when it comes to identifying products as safe for use. While some brands may claim that their special ingredients are the best for delivering skin benefits, it’s always best to consult the opinion of an expert especially when it comes to important and distinct skin matters.
3. What does it target?
Lots of products in the markets can lay claim on a myriad of skin benefits. However, as a consumer, one must know the main goal of a skincare product. Is it for acne? Is it for dark spots? Is it for retaining skin moisture?
When a product is focused on a particular skin issue, chances are it’s a dependable item that’s tried and tested to be effective in that aspect.
4. Is it compatible with my skin?
Sorry to break it to you, but more often than not there’s no such thing as a ‘one product’ fits all kinds of people. This is why it’s important to understand your skin first before testing out tons of product. Otherwise, the skin can negatively react to the composition of the creams and gels which can lead to irritations, excessive oil production, and breakouts.
5. Is it worth the price?
Not everything at the top shelf is going to be the best for one’s skin. There are many products that can come at a cheaper price that do just the same thing.
Many factors can make the product expensive. One of which is the brand that it carries and the popularity that it holds. However, the quality of the skincare product is always dependent on the ingredient and how your skin reacts to it.
Is the brand environmental-friendly and cruelty-free?
Many cosmetic and beauty companies are now shifting to greener operations. This means that these brands are doing their best in minimizing their carbon footprint and waste in making beauty products. Plus, users can always check whether their favorite beauty brands test their products on animals and decide for themselves whether they support these practices.
Becoming a Smart Beauty Shopper
Skincare products exist to help users in treating specific skin concerns or in improving skin conditions. To make the most out of the products, it pays to be a smart shopper asking the right kinds of questions. This will not only add to the user’s knowledge of products but also improve their ability to distinguish the products that will benefit their skin the most.