Taking care of your skin is one of the most important things you can do if you want to enhance your appearance. Your face is the first thing people see, and skin that is full of acne, wrinkles, sun damage, redness, or oiliness can send a certain message.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are various skin conditions that make having clear skin nearly impossible. However, I am surprised at the sheer number of women and teens who spend so little time taking care of their skin, and so much time looking for a makeup that will hide their flaws.
So, is taking care of your skin really difficult? It shouldn’t be, and I’m here to help you find your way around the skin care counter at the drug store or department store. First, you need to become familiar with the different terms used by various skin care lines.
1.) Botanically based: I love botanicals! If a product is botanically based it means that the product contains plant extracts that have been scientifically altered so they are safe for human use.
2.) pH: This is a measurment of the skin’s balance of acid and alkali, and tells you how acidic your skin is. The normal reading is 5.5, as your skin is a bit on the acidic side. There are various foods and activities that can alter the skin’s pH balance. Alpha-hydroxy acids are wonderful for keeping the skin’s pH balance at the right level. Excessive consumption of sugar and processed foods can decrease the skin’s acid base which can cause some negative skin reactions.
3.) Hypoallergenic: Quite a few people think that hypoallergenic products can’t cause skin irritation. Not true... hypoallergenic only means that the known allergens have been removed from the product. You may have your own set of allergies that are different from the norm, so if you have sensitive skin, I would go one step further. Instead, look for products that have been allergy-tested. These products have been tested on people, and if any of them had a reaction, the product was reformulated and retested. This is a much more thorough way to test for allergies.
4.) Dermatologist tested: This tells you that a dermatologist has been studying the results of the products on human subjects, and making recommendations about possible product changes. Again, you can go a step further, and find products that are created by dermatologists.
5.) Animal tested: I’ve always had mixed emotions about this one because I don’t understand how testing on animals can yield the same results as testing on human. I understand that the products have to be tested, but can’t they get the test subjects some other way? Absolutely, there are quite a few lines that don’t test on animals. Many companies will advertise this, so you’ll know who they are.