Tips for Buying Skincare Products | Dr Rasya Dixit

All of us are now empowered with information that allows us to choose and buy products which fit our skin type. But remember, the information on the packets are to be considered before you make a decision.

The next time you are out to buy a skincare product, look if it is for any specific skin type. When we talk about skin type, we are basically talking about the facial skin as opposed to the body skin. And, in the facial skin you have different types: dry skin, oily skin, combination skin, normal skin and sensitive skin. So, most products will actually tell you whether they have been designed keeping any particular skin type in mind. If you have dry or sensitive skin, make sure you pick up products for your specific skin type. If not, you could end up causing a reaction which could make your skin go bad.

The next important thing that you should look out for is a caption called non-comedogenic. A non-comedogenic product is a product which does not produce acne. So, if your skin is acne prone, you should look for this label before you make the purchase.
The third is whether your product contains sunscreen and if so, what kind of SPF it contains. This helps to identify if the product can be used in the day time.

Fourth thing is look for which have actives like retinol, kojic acid, glycolic acid or clindamycin. These products are better used at night and advised against using in the day time as they can sensitize your skin to the effect of the sun and cause undue redness as a consequence.
People also look for labels such as sulphate free or paraben free. If you want to avoid chemicals so that your skin does not get used to these chemicals. And, they are also known to cause cancer in the long term. So, it is wise to try and avoid these particular products when you look for products or you buy them online.

The last thing which is probably the most important thing is to look at the expiry date. Most products that we tend to buy are often used in small quantities at a time. Make sure you have a long expiry period of about 6-8 months. Most cosmeceuticals come with a “use by” date as well as an expiry date. The“use by” date means that once you open the product, the product is only good for about 3 months or 6 months from then. So, if you have a product which says use by 3 months after opening, make sure that you finish using it after which this product is not very good.

Have a safe purchase for a healthier skin!

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The information provided in Dr. Dixit's answer is for educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute medical advice. The information provided should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with a qualified health professional who may be familiar with your individual medical needs.