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Skincare Products: Waste of Time or Worth The Dime?

Skincare Products: Waste of Time or Worth The Dime?

When you see a new skincare product that is promising to settle every problem you have ever had, then it’s tempting to just jump right in and go for it. The price tag might make you wince, but you’ve got a problem, and you’re willing to do what it takes to solve it.

Whatever the issue is – from rosacea, to sensitive skin, to those wrinkles that keep building up around your eyes – we all have a tendency to believe the latest bottle of snake oil (so to speak) is going to be the one that resolves it. However, this somewhat flies in the face of the fact that there’s so many products – if these things had been fixed by now, what’s with all the variety?

Could it possibly be the case that skincare products are all marketing and not enough actual scientific study? Or is something else at play here?

Problem #1: We’re Impatient

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If you have ever tried a face cream that promised you eternal youth and then threw it away two weeks down the line, then you may have been too impatient. It hits us all: we expect instant results and we’re simply not prepared to wait for them.

This becomes problematic when we use skincare products because of cellular turnover. A product only has a chance to work when it can deal with newly grown cells; very few products can do anything about existing cell growth (and those that do are in the realm of cosmetic surgery, not topical products).

For this simple fact of biology, you should always give any product at least six weeks before you dismiss it as useless. This is especially true if you’re dealing with adult acne, products for which need at least two months to stand any chance of making a difference.

Problem #2: Everyone Is Different

This is a known fact to an extent. We don’t all buy the same products, for example. Some of us will target anti-aging treatments, other acne, and others will be looking for ideas to help with sensitive skin. So that’s an accepted fact: everyone has different body chemistry and different problems.

So why do we not accept that sometimes, a product just doesn’t work for us? It might not be a bad product; it might be outright revolutionary for some people. Just because something doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it’s a dud. You can dismiss it, but dismissing all skincare is cutting off your nose to spite your face. You just haven’t found the right product yet.

Problem #3: Expensive Is Not Better

People have a tendency to see money meaning value and a higher quality. To an extent, that’s true: the components used in a $50 serum are probably of better quality than a $2 serum. But that doesn’t make them more effective. Just because a product costs a fortune no more guarantees you result than a lower-cost option. Often, you’re as much paying for a higher quality of packaging (glass versus plastic bottles, for example) as you are a better, more efficient product. Try things from every price point until you find something that works for you.

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Be Confident With Your Complexion

Be Confident With Your Complexion

We’re all told how we should love ourselves more, and accept our flaws. And although it’s nice in theory, the reality is somewhat different. We all have our hang-ups and insecurities, the parts of ourselves we don’t like, and it’s very normal to feel this way. Issues around skin are common- there are so many things that can go wrong and when it’s something you can’t really hide away it can cause a problem. However modern medicine and science is excellent, and if you have something you’re embarrassed about with your complexion chances are it can be changed. Here are some common skin conditions, and what you can do about them to improve your confidence.

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Fine Lines and Wrinkles

No one can stay looking youthful forever. While some people maintain good skin for far longer than others, eventually our complexion will show signs of age such as lines and wrinkles. If you’ve noticed the first signs of aging, having a treatment like Botox can be useful as not only does it make the skin look smoother but it also protects against further damage. You could visit CLDerm.com/injectable-treatments for details. Looking after your skin while you’re still young will help to prevent aging later down the line. Keep out of the sun, wear SPF, remove your makeup before bed and use hydrating products morning and evening.

Adult Acne

Having acne when you’re a teenager is frustrating enough. But when you’ve paid your dues yet your spotty complexion follows you into your twenties and beyond it can be incredibly overwhelming. While it’s common, acne is a complex issue and some types can be harder to treat than others. If your acne is mild, your first step could be to try a topical treatment containing benzoyl peroxide. More aggressive cases should be seen by your GP who will refer you to a dermatologist. It could be that a hormonal imbalance is to blame, and so all of the topical products in the world won’t help and it will just keep coming back until the cause is treated. Avoiding known acne trigger foods are also something to try, cow’s milk for example can lead to an increase in sebum production and also cause inflammation making breakouts worse. In the meantime, ditch heavy and oil based foundations and cover your acne with a natural mineral foundation instead. This won’t irritate sensitive skin, or blocked pores so is perfect for using on breakouts.

Rosacea

Rosacea is characterized episodes of flushing, where the skin turns red for a short period. However, you can also experience other symptoms as the condition progresses. Stinging sensations, spots, and visible blood vessels are all common. There’s no cure for the condition, but it can be managed, work you your triggers, so you know what to avoid. Spicy foods, stress, caffeine and alcohol are all things people can find cause flare ups, so a few lifestyle changes may be all that’s needed. Use a green based concealer under your foundation, this counteracts redness and balances the complexion, which can effectively hide your red flushes.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram