7 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself Before Buying Expensive Skincare Products

By Indrani Karmakar

Be honest when you answer this, do you have a box or cabinet full of skin care products that have stayed there long enough to reach their expiry date without being used? There’s a hand cream, foot cream, manicure kit, and the list goes on. We are not trying to guilt-trip you, most of us are on the same boat. Unfortunately, every flashy advertisement you see for skin care products will convince you that this is what is missing from your life. And before you know it, you have a house full of fancy creams!

There are times when we put our trust in skin care products, but it doesn’t help our skin at all. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the available options. If you have been through the turmoil in your head and couldn’t decide if the product was made for you, we are here to help. Here are some questions curated by specialists to help you determine whether or not you need the product. Read on to know them all.

1. Are You Buying Because Of The Hype?



You have to give it to the advertising and marketing team, they do a pretty good job convincing us that we can’t do without their product. (Slow claps!) But if you could do without that product till now, you probably don’t need it. It’s critical to understand that there isn’t a magic bullet or pill that can instantly transform your skin overnight. There is also a good chance it might worsen the condition and add more problems than there already were. The golden rule is that if a product is too good to be true, it is too good to be “true”!

2. What Were The Active Ingredients?



The active ingredients in skincare products are what makes them effective. Even though trustworthy brands are worth the extra cost, you should be more careful when shopping for retinol or hyaluronic acid-based products. It’s better to invest in socially engaged skin care products that contain essential cleansing ingredients like Vitamin C. Look for a product that has been formulated by trusted labs. It’s better to evaluate the pH levels to improve the feel of the skin. The most practical combination of active ingredients may be found in serums. The proportion of active ingredients in a product should always be clearly stated on the label.

3. Is It Ideal For Your Skin Type?



In skincare, there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all.” It’s not guaranteed that a product will work for your skin type if it works for your family. Make sure you choose your products based on your skin type, skin problems, and the product’s ingredients.

4. Do You Know The Ingredients?



The decision will be easier if you understand the science behind skincare. First, make sure the items’ claims are backed up by scientific evidence. If no studies are available, check if the active ingredients are used in the appropriate concentrations. This will help you choose whether or not a product is worth purchasing. Additionally, you may inquire about the components with your dermatologist.

5. Is There A Less Expensive Alternative?



Don’t waste your money on pricey moisturizers and cleansers just for the sake of buying. Expensive doesn’t always have to be good. If your ordinary face wash and moisturizer do the trick, there is no point in changing it for something flashier.

6. What Does The Review Say?



Make it a habit to check the reviews before you make the payment. Some influencers do honest reviews about products, and following them will help you shortlist your products. If the product is liked by a majority, you can take the risk. Also, make sure you put up a review after using the product. Your review could help someone buy or not buy the product!

7. Are You Paying For The Branding?



To gain maximum popularity in a short while, startup companies may demand higher prices to accommodate the branding costs of the product. Unfortunately, it’s tough to know if a product is worth its price tag even though it’s made with standard components. It’s better to rely on clear labeling that lets you know exactly what’s in the product.

Choosing one product is never easy, especially with brands pouring in new products every day. We understand your panic when you can’t get rid of the acne mark, but that doesn’t mean you have to undergo multiple product treatments. The trick is to first analyze the problem, take the help of a doctor, and then decide what product you need to use. It’s best to do a patch test and take a dermatologist’s help before things get out of hand. Even if you are not a person who indulges in a complete skin care routine, make sure you  cleanse and moisturize and never leave your home without sunblock!

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Indrani is a writer and artist who likes to add a dash of humor to everything she does. After graduating... more