If you’re reading this article, you’re probably a deal shopper. Some people confuse deal shoppers with people who will buy anything as long as it is on the sale. While that is a perfectly acceptable method for those who choose that, the average deal shopper has brands or specific items they’re interested in. When the deal is right, they strike. Whether one is a deal shopper or not, we all want to get the most bang for our buck. Spending a lot to get our desired items is totally worth it when we use the products to the item’s fullest potential.
Most probably read the first paragraph and said, “duh.” But, are you really using your products correctly? In our time, there are so many products and innovations on the market. Our mothers and their mothers had fewer choices, so they did not have to stay on top of research. It is important that we research our products, because what good is a deal if we are counter acting the effectiveness of our products? I have been guilty of mixing products that do not mesh well. Have you?
When it comes to skincare, I consider myself somewhat as a beginner. Only recently have I started to research products, look into what products play well with others, and try to customize my skincare. It was just a little over two years ago when I barely researched anything before I bought it. One of my favorite sources of information has been Allure. I am not referring to the magazine, although that is great as well. As an Allure Beauty Enthusiast, I’ve opted to receive daily emails. These emails vary from product recommendations, tips on how to use items, opportunities to win free items, and much more. Most days, I read them and it is not unusual for me to learn new things when I do.
The best article I’ve read recently was What Skin-Care Ingredients Counteract Each Other? Although I learned some of the tips organically and from researching other places, I learned some new things as well. Prior to reading the article, I was unaware Salicylic Acid did not play with Retinol. When I read that I was using both in my morning routine. While the Salicylic Acid was a spot treatment, I was using the Retinol all over my face. Now, I only use the Retinol on the top part of my face, which is where I really need it anyway. The Salicylic Acid is only needed on the bottom part of my face.
How to Fight Two Skin Problems at Once: Skin Care really spoke to me as well. The very first problem in the article has my name written all over it. Breakouts and Dryness are two things I struggle with. My skin is not just dehydrated; it’s dry. Even when I treat it well and use all the right products, I struggle with dryness on about 75% of my face. On my reverse T zone, my chin, chin line and nose, I am oily. There are times when my oily skin gets dehydrated, because I treat it with different products than my dry skin. My forehead and cheeks are so dry it sometimes hurts.
Prior to reading that article, I was applying my Salicylic Acid before my moisturizer. As stress sets in, my skin breaks out terribly, so I cannot say whether switch up is helping or not, but I will edit this article to report back as soon as I figure it out. I am not tossing any foaming face wash as Allure suggests, but I rarely use a foamy face wash on my dry skin. Admittedly, that is almost the only thing I use on my oily skin.
The Breakouts and Aging section of the article interested me as well. I rarely had acne as a teenager. When I was about 19 or 20, I started getting what some refer to as adult onset acne. Though my skin is mostly clear, I find breakouts linger a bit longer than they should when they do pop up. Part of the problem is I pick at them, which I am aware I need to stop and am actively working on it. When will my skin stop breaking out though? I used to hope there was a magic age where acne would take a hike. If the magic is coming, my 35-year-old self welcomes it soon.
This section states products that contain Salicylic Acid along with a milder form of retinol, like Retinyl Linoleate, can combat acne, redness, and aging. Sign me up. Seriously, I will look into a combo Salicylic Acid and Retinyl Linoleate product as soon as I’ve finished my current products. I hope this is more effective than what I am doing now.
Oiliness and dryness both plague me. Reading that moisture content and sebum production are two different things did not surprise me. The suggestions here are things I already do. When I apply masks designed for oily skin, like charcoal, I limit the application to the affected area. I heartily agree with Allure’s suggestion to use Micellar water. Every night before I sleep, I cleanse with this and not a full on face wash. It helps my skin feel less dry, and it cleanses the oily parts of my skin well enough to tie me over until the morning’s full face wash.
I knew seven of the tips offered in 8 Rules of Layering Your Skin-Care Products. Number five suggested applying a moisturizer before a serum if your skin was too sensitive for the serum. This never occurred to me. Although it reduces the effectiveness of the serum, trying it is better than tossing the serum right away. Of course, it may still be too strong for your sensitive skin, but I agree with them that it is worth a shot.
Last, but certainly not least is How to Get- and Keep! Perfect Skin in 2015. I dread the title of that article. The dash, the exclamation point after a fragment, and what would have served as the perfect title after the exclamation point are all jumbled together. It’s a hot mess. Luckily, the advice inside the article is a lot better.
From the first section, I am already intrigued. Start with an Essence. I’ve never used an essence. As Korean skincare grows momentum in the states, more have tried and swore by this product. Unlike toner, which can clean and strip the skin, an essence hydrates. Some people use an essence with a toner, because they serve different functions. If I ever incorporate an essence, I think I would use one or another, not both. The idea of the essence is to soften skin making it easier to absorb other items in your skincare routine. It can also help you feel more moisturized.
The Skim ingredients lists for peptides section was helpful. Although I’ve read great things about peptides, I admit I’ve never specifically went into a product looking for them. Anything that helps me with my anti-aging goals is welcome.
While I learned a decent amount from these articles, I was proud that I knew most of what the articles stated as well. My skincare research is still in its infancy, so I am unsure if everything they said was correct, but there was nothing that jumped out at me as wrong. As such, I think these articles a great place to start your skin research journey or make sure you’re up to date with research.
Once you have a better idea of your goals and want to start playing around with products, there are two sites I find extremely helpful. The first is Beautypedia, which has a team of people reviewing a number of products, not just products from the self owned Paula’s Choice line. Skin Better is a new site brought to you by Allure. If you like the info you’ve read from them, you will love the site. It gets a complete background on you and your needs before suggesting products it think will work for you. Make sure your hair is back if you upload a picture. If you want to try an Essence or another Korean skincare product, I’ve heard great things about the brands carried by Essentielle Beauty, and I will probably try something myself once I’ve used more of the items I own.
If you love Allure and getting great deals, you will probably want the newest bundle. The Allure Beauty Thrills Box will release, tomorrow, 07/28/15 at 9:01am PST. It retails for $44.95 plus $10 for shipping. Allure will donate $5 from every box to Cancer + Careers, except in the six states that prohibit it. I have extremely important plans at 9am, so I will miss this. Enjoy it for me, because I think it looks amazing.