After getting into skincare blogging, I realised that I bought so many products that were recommended by other fellow bloggers, who are all brilliant at what they do. They put up dreamy photos of beautiful bottles of elixirs that claimed to have helped a lot with their respective skin worries, and I, a newbie in the game, rushed to my laptop and added them to cart as soon as my funds allowed me to. And I wish I hadn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the product did wonders for the bloggers recommending them. But I forgot a very important lesson that I came to learn over the course of the next couple weeks.
Your skin is unique, just like you. It’s so unique that no two people have the exact same type of skin. You may have oily skin with acne issues just like a blogger you saw online, but maybe his/her acne issues stem from hormonal problems, and not just sebum and bacteria. Maybe their diet isn’t helping, maybe their skin is more sensitive than yours. Skin types do exist and you can club your skin under a ‘type’, but do keep in mind that the attention and care it needs, nay, deserves, might be different from another person clubbed under the same skin type.
The first step is understanding your skin type. Do you have dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, normal skin? I loved the video by Beauty Within wherein they described each and every type and also gave some examples of how you can find out what type you fall under!
Once you understand your skin type, start analysing what you’d like to improve about it. Is your skin dull? Blemish-prone? Hyper-pigmentation? Acne? Scars? Redness? Dehydration? Sensitised? Wrinkles?
Once you know what you want to tackle, research ingredients and combinations that tackle those very problems.
A great idea is also to look into what your skincare product should not contain as an ingredient. You might want to watch out for alcohol, sulphates, silicones, etc. If you know your skin doesn’t react well to something, note it down and keep it for reference.
Finally, find skincare products that contain the ingredients you’re looking for, and watch out for the nasties which you noted down earlier. If you’ll be using an active ingredient, it’s best to start with a lower percentage.
For example, you’d like to tackle your dull skin with chemical exfoliation, don’t head straight for a 30% acid peel. Start off slow with lower percentages.
If you want to know more about chemical exfoliation, I did an article on the different types of acids, who it is beneficial for and some great products. Read it here.
I will be doing many follow-up articles to this one, talking about several different ingredients and skin types. Stay tuned and let me know in the comments below which ingredient you’re the most curious about.
The next time you see someone recommend their holy grail, get excited and research on that product – will it work for you? Yes or no? If yes, then go for it.
It has different needs and wants. It craves different ingredients and what works for one may not work for you.
Give it the care and attention it deserves.
Practice self-care, not for the sake of posting it on a story on Instagram, but because you deserve it. Take some time out, Netflix, read a book, go for a walk, or eat a whole cake. Do what pleases you, don’t settle for less, and don’t let your skin settle for less either.
Until next time, à bientôt!