Anyway, the article inspired me to write my own list, not of skin care products, but of skin care practices.
- Can make a product less effective. Example: Products work at different PH levels, and layering or mixing a product with another that’s formulated at a different PH, may affect the effectiveness of both on the skin.
- Increase a product’s side effect. Example: Using different exfoliants (i.e., AHA, BHA, tretinoin, and facial scrub) simultaneously can make the skin drier than it would otherwise have been if we didn’t mix it with something else.
- Can irritate the skin more. Many ingredients are not compatible with each other and no matter how much research we do, there’s a lot more to chemicals than meets the eye.
When I started trying out skin care products, I wanted to have it all: moisturization, anti-aging, anti-acne, sun protection, skin brightening, anti-oxidants, exfoliation, etc. Now, I realized, skin care is very much like life in the sense that we can’t have it all.
After I de-stashed my skin care and makeup stuff, I listed down all my skin care problems and selected the ones I want fixed the most. From there, I started re-building my skin care routine.
Mixing sunscreen with foundation
I did a DIY tinted moisturizer before and I cringe whenever I remember doing it. It’s already a known fact that we only get a fraction of sun protection from the SPF and PA rating written on the label. Mixing sunscreen with foundation further reduces the sun protection we get.
Now, I use a straight up tinted moisturizer with SPF. I realized that I should stop playing chemist and leave the mixing and experimenting to the pros.
This is really a matter of preference and I prefer to accept my skin color. It makes my life so much simpler.
In the Philippines, people are obsessed with skin whitening. I noticed that the really effective non-hydroquinone products are NOT made by multi-national and/ or big companies. Most of them came from unknown companies. I’m not bashing on companies that are just starting out, but this is something to think about: if the formulation of and ingredients in these products are safe, why aren’t the big companies doing it?
Aside from hydroquinone, I don’t think there’s a skin care ingredient that is THAT good in significantly whitening the skin. If it’s too good to be true, it probably contains mercury.
Snobbing drugstore skin care products
When I was younger (think: high school), I thought that products are as effective as their price tag.
There are many high-end products that are good, and there are drugstore products that are just as effective, I just have to find which of those cheaper ones are as good.
There you have it — those are my least preferred skin care practices. I’m interested to know what’s in your list: if you have an article about it, feel free to share the link in the comment section below ;)