Shopping for skincare can be very overwhelming: so many choices, advertisements, celebrity endorsements, beauty reviews. We asked dermatologists for the best way to screen the shelves for the best skincare products for you.
Invest in sunscreen and moisturizer.
These are the most important anti-aging products in your beauty regimen. Sun damage is the leading cause of premature aging, and loss of moisture – from age, diet, lifestyle, and exposure to hot Singapore climate — shows up as dullness, dryness, flaking, and eventually fine lines. To get the best sunscreen, look for at least SPF 30 (read our article on how much SPF you really need) and offers both UVA and UVB protection. Find the moisturizer that matches your skin type. Even oily skin needs moisturization, dermatologists say, because once it becomes too dry (especially as a side effect from anti-acne product or treatments) your skin may react by overproducing oil.
Wait 6 to 8 weeks before shifting products.
Even the best skincare products need time to work. Even those that claim immediate visible benefits will have to work deep into the skin to give long-term results. The only exception to the rule is if you feel a burning, painful sensation when it’s applied or if you develop itchiness and rashes. You may be sensitive to some of the ingredients.
Focus on one concern.
While some of the best skincare products target multiple needs – whitening, fine lines, dryness – you’ll get faster results if you focus on One Big Beauty Promise. What’s most important to you? Look for a skincare line that targets this, and if you can only afford one item in the range, splurge on the serum.
Read the beauty labels.
The best skincare products are hypoallergenic (there is less risk for an allergic reaction) and non-comodogenic non-acnegenic (does not clog pores or cause acne). It also helps to research on the key ingredients like lactic acid, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, AHAs, retinol. These all deliver specific benefits, and knowing what they do can help you decide if this product is your skincare soul mate.
Set realistic expectations.
Even the best skincare products need time to work. Plus, a cream can’t give the same results of a facelift, nor can massive doses of night creams undo the damage of 10 years in just 6 weeks. You also need to complement your skincare range with a proper diet and lifestyle. Good sleep, proper eating and plenty of fluids, and avoiding smoking and drinking – both known to speed up signs of aging – are as important to your skin health as buying the best skincare products you can afford.
Choose which beauty reviews to listen to.
Everyone’s skin is unique, and what works for your friend may not work for you. Even when you read beauty reviews, try to look for someone whose skin type is similar to yours. You can also look at articles that pre-select the best skincare products for oily skin, mature skin, sensitive skin, etc
Don’t get stuck in a skincare regimen.
Your skin changes, and the products that may have worked for you 10, 5, or even two years ago may not be as effective today. Pay attention to your skin and see if it needs a change in beauty products. However, if you are going to switch things up, do it gradually by switching one product at a time, so if you get any breakouts you know what could be culprit.