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10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Skincare Regimen

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Most of us do it. We read about cutting-edge skincare lines and race out to buy them only to be dissapointed with the results. Sure, it starts out great and for a few days we think it might be working. Is it my imagination or do those pores look smaller? 

Then one night we're out late and too tired to go through the whole rigamarole. Next thing you know, our skincare commitment has flown right out the window. Or, perhaps we apply faithfully, morning and night, and never see effects that supposedly 99.9% of other women saw. Discouraged, we give up
and throw everything out or toss it all into drawer.

Okay, take heart. The right stuff is out there and finding it requires a little time and effort.  Let's begin by talking about what it takes to track it down. It's all about narrowing down the millions of products out there and we've come up with 10 steps to help.
10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Skincare Regimen
1. Be aware of your specific needs. This might seem obvious but sometimes even the most skincare-savvy are not 100% sure. Maybe it's sun damage, enlarged pores, premature aging, excessive dryness or oiliness, combination skin, acne,  maintenance, prevention or all of the above. Our needs also change from time to time depending on age or the season of the year.

It's important to take an inventory of your specific issues and prioritize them. Giving your concerns real consideration will help you stay focused next time you hit the department store or skincare aisle. It's like taking a list to the grocery store. The hope is that you'll be less likely to buy things you don't need.

2.  Ask yourself what you want your skin care regimen to do? Is dull skin one of your issues? Then you might want to think about oxygenating products to help clear congestion and 10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Skincare Regimenincrease radiance. Is your skin not as tight as it once was?  Then you might consider products that increase elasticity by helping to stimulate collagen production.  This is where your list
comes into play. Find out what products were formulated to do  what you need and eliminate everything else from consideration.

3. Think about what products you've tried in the past and why you didn't you like them.  Are any of the new possibilities you've found similar in any way? If so, what were the negative features?  Hopefully this will help you to continue weeding out products you ultimately won't like or use.

4. Consider the cost. For most people this is usually a big, if not the biggest, determiner in selecting a skin care regimen.  It might be most helpful to break it down into cost per use. This is very unsexy, but a little computation may save you a lot in the long run.  Also, how many different products would you need to purchase?

Another consideration is how a product is packaged.  For example, bottles with a pump
10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Skincare Regimendispense a more precise amount than a jar. If you're a 'more-is-more' kind of person when it comes to slathering on a serum, a bottle with a pump may save you some hard-earned cash because you'll be less likely to overuse.

5. If you have allergies or sensitivities to a specific ingredient(s), make sure you investigate labels before you buy. Also, if a product says it's preservative free, fragrance free or specially formulated for sensitive skin it's still always good to check. For more information on many commonly-used cosmetic and skincare ingredients both the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database and the FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration Cosmetics Guide are great references.

6. Figure out how much time you are realistically willing to devote to skincare.  Then find out how much each step in your regimen might take.  Are four steps twice a day okay for you, or do you barely have time for slathering on some moisturizer. Do you enjoy the luxury of treating yourself with a great mask at the end of a long day or do you just want to wash your face once and be done with it? 
10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Skincare Regimen
Once you're figured  out exactly what you want and need from your skincare products, you'll be able to narrow down your choices further by finding out the minimum requirements for getting the desired results.

7. Know your deal-breaking features. Now that you are sure of your wants and needs, it's time to talk about additional, or the non-scientific, requirements. Two of the big ones are usually fragrance and texture.  Some of us like heavily perfumed creams and some of us don't. Some of us like super rich creams, some don't. 

Remember, the idea is that you'll be using these products daily so it's really important you like the way they smell, how emollient they are, how they absorb into your skin, etc.  Ask for samples and If none of the products you've found so far meet your criteria, keep looking.  

8. Consider you feelings about packaging.  Some people love the packaging of luxury skincare products while some couldn't care less. If you like to display your lotions and potions on the vanity, then the prettier the packaging, the better. However, sometimes a lot of the cost of
10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Skincare Regimensome products is eaten up by fancy jars and bottles. If you don't care one way or another because everything just goes in your medicine cabinet anyway, maybe look for something with simpler packaging.

9. Remember it's okay to go across brand lines no matter what that one skincare sales person said. It's perfectly fine and sometimes it's even better.  Don't be afraid to create a regimen by finding a few can't-live-without options, merging them into your own harmonious skincare family.

10. Lastly, think about the results you can reasonably expect from your skincare products and what you can do if you're unhappy. Hopefully if you follow application instructions and religiously use a sunscreen, you'll see results within a month or two of continued use.

Just remember, you're applying something topically that can only be absorbed by the epidermis. For more serious issues like more advanced hyper pigmentation, deep wrinkles or cystic acne, a visit to the dermatologist might be the best option.
10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Skincare Regimen
If you're still gun-shy about making a skincare investment,  find out the return policy for skincare products wherever you decide to purchase them. Some retailers will not take back an opened jar or bottle of anything at any time while some retailers are more lenient.
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