The most important thing to remember when researching
over-the-counter skin care products is to trust yourself. No one knows your skin
better than you. There are a lot of skin care products on the market and it is
easy to waste a lot of time and money trying to find the best products. So take
a minute to educate yourself before purchasing skin care products. Remember,
this information serves as a guide only. Be sure to check with your
dermatologist or physician if you have specific problems with your skin.
Assess your skin before you buy
Before you consider buying any over-the-counter skin care products, there
are a few basic facts about your skin you must know. These include:
- Your skin type: It is oily, dry, normal, sensitive, or a combination?
- Your skin complexion: Do you have fair skin that burns easily or
light to medium that may burn? Or do you have a medium tone that usually
tans or a darker complexion the only rarely burns? Or is your complexion so
dark that you never burn?
- Your skin concerns: Do you want preventative maintenance to avoid
premature aging? Do you have a skin problem, such as persistent acne, age
spots, melasma or rosacea? You may also have large pores, sun damage, facial
wrinkles or fine lines that require special attention. Do you have eye
puffiness or under eye bags that will require special care?
- Your personal habits: Are you a smoker? Do you spend a lot of time
in the sun? Do you take a daily vitamin? Do you consume a well-balanced
diet? All these factors will affect how you should care for your skin.
With this information, you can wisely sort through skin care products to find the ones suited for your specific skin type. If you
need help, ask a skin esthetician at your local hair salon or skin care counter for his or her recommendations.
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