Prioritizing Products: Give something back

Lagan

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Hope you enjoyed the previous post. People sometimes seem to underestimate the importance of removing the grime from their faces before adding more product. Somehow its apparently not common knowledge that not washing your face properly before hydrating is a waste of product and money.

Have you ever experienced applying your moisturizer and it started to peel or roll off instead of your skin soaking it up? You’re probably in need of a proper cleanse and perhaps some exfoliation. You wouldn’t believe it if I told you how many people I meet in a day who think they’ll get great results from a product if they just slap it on in addition to everything else, including the dead skin cells, sebum, leftover makeup and pollution. Never thinking that this layer of grime will impede the performance of their products because the serum and moisturizer is simply unable to penetrate all that. You can buy all the expensive creams you like or the cheapest one there is, but it’s going to be a waste of money either way if you don’t do the job properly.

Anyways, now that you’ve cleansed your skin it’s time for the product that is going to cost, and it’s going to be worth it. Serum. A serum is (usually) a thick fluid containing high concentrations of active ingredients to target a specific concern. Whether it’s hydration, brightening or skin texture, you’ll get far better results using a serum, than you will using a cream alone. The molecules of a serum is also smaller than that of a moisturizer, so it is able to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin. All in all it will give you better results than if you’re only using a moisturizer.

Provided of course, that you opt for a serum that actually targets your concerns. It’s already a costly product, and if you’re picking up one just because you heard you should be using a serum that doesn’t mean you’ll benefit from it.

A lot of lines recommend that you use complementary products, as they will work better together, giving you the best results. I’ve nothing against that, at all, but in some cases you’ll find that this serum from that line works better towards your goals, and that cream from another line works better for you. There’s nothing wrong about that. Nor is it wrong to admit that at the moment, you can’t afford picking up it all, or even have a need for everything a line has to offer. What’s more important than matching jars is that you’ve got something that help strengthen the skins’ barriers and lock in moisture before it evaporates from your skin.

What seems to come as a shock to many people, though, is that you really shouldn’t be using that daytime moisturizer with SPF at night. The good news is that picking up one jar for night and another for day is going to save you money in the long run, because it will be longer between each repurchase.

During the day you’re bound to be out and about, and your skin is going to need some help with protection from your surroundings. From pollution, UV rays, moisture loss, stress, free radicals in general. The moisturizer you slap on in the morning should create a barrier against these things. Unfortunately, that makes them less suitable for nighttime, as your skin is going to want a bit more nutrition to help with repairing, regenerating and restituating itself after the day’s hardships. Also the UV filter is going to impede skin’s “breathing” and lock in sweat and waste that the skin is trying to get rid of.

On a side note, there are plenty of moisturizers that focus on hydration, and that don’t contain an SPF. If you’re not going to spend a lot of time outdoors, the SPF in your foundation is probably going to be enough. That said, if you’re going to spend time outdoors you’ll need an SPF whether your moisturizer contains it or not.

Whether to splurge or save on moisturizers is a tough question, but I would for the most part opt for mid-range and up. The cheaper options often contain less of the beneficial ingredients, meaning I’ll have to use more in order to achieve the same results. Using more, means having to repurchase more often as well. Now, I’m just speaking hypothetically, but if your skin is rejecting most of the product you’ve just applied, won’t that lead to a bad base for makeup and potentially clogged pores? I haven’t really tried it for myself in a decade, but I imagine it isn’t going to do you any good.

BB, CC, DD, EE and tinted moisturizers. I know a lot of folks out there love these, as they can do anything from providing a light coverage with benefits to a great base for foundation. These are grand if you find you don’t need to use them with additional moisturizers. Bonus points if you don’t feel the need for an additional foundation. Mostly I’d say splurge on this one if you are one of the lucky ones who can get away with these. For myself I’ll have to use a moisturizer anyways with most of the alphabet creams, so I’d rather just pick up the budget-friendly option or none at all and skip straight to foundation.

That concludes the second installment in this series. Hope you’re enjoying it so far. For the next post I’ll tackle makeup, which is going to be hard as there are so many great options out there.

In other news, I’ve actually been asked to do a guest post over on Color Me Loud. Sara’s blog being one of my favourites I didn’t hesitate to say yes. She’s actually got a great guest post series going, showcasing spring beauty looks from all over the place. I am very excited to be a part of it, so head on over to her blog.

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