I recently did a search online to find a beauty skin care product for myself and was overwhelmed at the number of pages that was returned. Google showed me over 24 million different websites from Proactiv to Organic to AHA’s to Dry/Oily/Normal – arrgh where do you even start?
Going to the beauty department store is no easier either with product after product all claiming that it is the right one for you (and all of the sales assistants are no help either as they are all there to try and sell you something). So what’s a girl to do?
Well let’s start with trying to narrow down the field a little bit and looking for products that suit not only our skin types but also our lifestyles.
The most basic of beauty skin care routines is told to us over and over again; cleanse, tone and moisturize. But what do these steps really do?
Let’s look at cleansers. As the name suggests, these clean the skin of oil, grime, make-up and pollution. There are usually two types of cleansers – foaming and creamy. Either cleanser will do the job so it comes down to which one you prefer using. I like creamy cleansers myself but that’s just personal preference, it has nothing to do with my skin type.
The next is toner. Its job is to restore the skin’s balance back to normal (not close the pores as some people mistakenly believe). The reason this is important is that when you add soap to your face such as your cleanser it changes the skins pH level so a toner will return it back to its normal pH level immediately so that your moisturizer works correctly.
And finally your moisturizer. Moisturizers would have to be the staple skin care product in any beauty cupboard. You can get day and night moisturizers, specialty products for certain skin types and conditions – the list is almost endless.
Your moisturizer is where you will probably spend the most money too – it’s usually the one that is going to give you the most benefits and having you look gorgeous and dewy.
Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to beauty skin care products. There are also masks, exfoliators, serums, eye gels and more. No wonder us women are confused what to buy! So stick to your basic routine and that’s really all you need and use other products as an occasional item.