A Guide to Buying and Using Beauty Products

Selecting which beauty products to buy and use is a hurdle every person male or female must have faced at one time or another. A lot of us are clueless on which products to buy and often times we have to rely on the advice of others; from friends and family, to the sales rep at the store, to product commercials.

Below are some tips that will help when buying beauty products.

>First and most important; if it doesn’t have all its ingredients written out (so you can be sure and comfortable with what you are buying), don’t buy, don’t use.

>Know your skin type and buy products appropriate for your skin type.

>Look for labels such as: hypoallergenic (won’t cause allergies), if you have acne prone skin; hypo acnegenic (won’t cause acne), and non-comodogenic (won’t clog pores), especially if your skin is sensitive.

>That a product worked for another person doesn’t mean it will work for you. Always test product on a small part of your body, and wait 24hours to check for allergies.
Now I know that’s not always easy considering by then you must have bought the product already. That’s where the above tips comes into play, read labels carefully before you buy.

>To avoid purchasing a fake product, if you have been advised on which product to buy, before buying the product, google it. Go to the manufacturing company’s website and read up on the product. Most websites will show you pictures of the product, the sizes it comes in (if applicable), packaging and labelling. Sometimes fakes are easy to spot, from slight change in packaging color, or typographical errors, etc. Also, visiting reputable sites on which users have reviewed the product also helps.

>Reduce the number of products in your skin care routine. Only use what’s necessary for you.

>Sunscreen is an important staple in day time beauty products. Buy products that offer UVA and UVB protection.

>Price doesn’t determine efficacy, neither does brand.

>Check for expiry or best before dates.

USAGE TIPS

>Read and follow products guidelines or dermatologist’s advice carefully. Usage in a wrong dosage can yield adverse results.

>Over using chemicals increases the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays.

>Apply face cleansers, sunscreens, serums and night creams all the way to the chest, for an even toned skin.

>Patiently use your beauty products, products that produce almost immediate results are usually loaded with harsh chemicals and toxins. It might take sometime for you to notice visible results, and most products have a time frame within which you should see visible results.

>Most cosmetic and beauty products do not have expiry or best before dates, what they have is a time frame from when it is opened within which it should be used or disposed (This is indicated on the pack by an open jar, with a time frame written in it). Pay attention to this date to avoid adverse reactions.

What tips do you apply when buying your beauty products? Share with us.

XX
Chinma Eke

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