Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Shocking Truth about Expensive Skincare

Are you paying more than you should for beauty in a bottle?

Expensive doesn’t always mean better. Some of the most sound skincare advice I ever received was to research the ingredients in skincare products and check the labels before buying them. Ingredients, by law, must be listed in order of concentration, unless the formulation contains less than 1%, then those ingredients can go in any order at the end. This can make it difficult to decide which products are best; one way to avoid this conundrum is by researching which ingredients are the most effective and finding products that contain them in effective amounts. (Luckily, sometimes the cheaper product is actually better. Yay!)

Oftentimes, healthy skincare has a higher price tag because of the time and money it takes to research how to achieve certain results like treating acne, fading sunspots on the skin and helping to perk up dehydrated skin or other common issues like skin dryness, premature aging, scaly skin and other skin conditions. Creating a universal product that works for a variety of skin types is hard work. Companies have to take into account how the skin functions and what it responds to best. 

Additional factors also go into pricing products. That beautiful bottle and appealing packaging cost a pretty penny. These components help the marketing department to show consumers how items are grouped together for a thorough skin care routine; however, sometimes you can be paying more money for the throw-away box and less for the actual skincare. Fortunately, there are companies that spend less on packaging and more on ingredients to lower the overall cost, thereby ensuring that their products are more affordable and accessible.

Follow these simple tips for healthy skin:

1. Follow a basic daily skincare regimen.

Cleanse, tone and moisturize once in the morning and once in the evening.

2. Know your skin type.

When choosing products for your complexion, study different skin type characteristics to ensure that your products are doing the best job for your skin type classification. Many times, someone who thinks they have bad skin is really just using the wrong products. Take a fun skin type quiz to learn where you fall in the spectrum! 

3. Educate yourself about skincare.

If your goal is to have clear skin, then use products with the best ingredients for your concerns. Find natural formulations, which can act as food for skin and help to treat any uncomfortable or embarrassing skin conditions. Visit a dermatologist at the skin clinic to treat or check to see if you have any skin diseases.

4. Use the right cosmetics.

Coupled with a unique skincare regimen for your complexion’s needs, enlisting the help of the appropriate cosmetic products will help you reach your goal of having good skin. Look for cosmetics that are also formulated for your skin type classification. A great concealer can go a long way!

5. Feed your face with the right vitamins for skin care. 

Some of the best are Vitamin A, B, C, D and E.

5. Find additional ways to be healthy.

Limit your exposure to smoke, alcohol and stress, which can all wreak havoc on your complexion. Give yourself enough time for sleep, and incorporate some form of exercise into your daily living. In addition, eat a healthy well-balanced diet and stay hydrated by drinking enough water to keep your face glowing and beautiful.

Many people associate the price tag of products with their effectiveness. Remember, there's more to think about than money when it comes to beauty and skincare products. With some added knowledge, your home skincare routine will lead you on the path the having not only good skin, but great skin!