Anyway, the article inspired me to write my own list, not of skin care products, but of skin care practices.
Read on for my list of least preferred skin care practices:
Layering a lot of skin care products
Researching about skin care products taught me that layering:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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 ;)