Not All Face Creams Suit You! 7 Things To Consider While Buying Skin Care Products

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When buying face creams or any skin care product, what people don’t realize is that skin care isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation. It’s often the exact opposite. 

We are constantly influenced by TV ads, internet suggestions and people around us to use random face cream, body lotions, hair products, and sadly, we end up doing so. We continuously experiment with our skin, because often, the only way to figure out if something works is to try it. According to Dermatologists, this is not a safe practice. 8/10 patients have complained that their skin conditions got worse after using a particular/random beauty product. With so many skincare products on the market, it can be challenging to narrow down your choices.

The question is, with so many products entering the market, how can you determine the best fit to meet your needs?

Here are 10 things Dermatologists recommend you to consider before buying face cream or any skincare products.

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1. Find Your Skin Type

Skin problems occur when people with different skin types use the wrong product for their type of skin. Therefore, choose face creams and skincare products according to the kind of skin you have: Oily, Dry, Combination or Sensitive Skin.

Only skincare products that suit your skin type will work best for you. If you have sensitive skin, be extra cautious with different ingredients in your skincare products. In case of oily skin type, stay away from comedogenic ingredients as they can trigger acne breakouts.

For Oily Skin: Select face creams and skin care products that help control excess sebum production while providing adequate hydration.

For Dry Skin: Look for products that provide intense hydration and nourishment to avoid dullness due to dryness.

For Sensitive Skin: Look out for gentle products specifically created for sensitive skin. Avoid products that contain too many ingredients, fragrances, essential oils, alcohol, etc.

Finding your skin type is never easy; the tricky part is that your skin type is not the same all the time, it is influenced by various factors – weather, lifestyle, age and more. 

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2. Identify Your Skin Problems

Identify the skin issues that you intend to solve. It can be anything, from blemishes to acne to dark spots. Identifying what’s wrong with your skin will help you know exactly what you need. 

For example, if you have acne, you should look for products made to treat acne. 

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3. Don’t Fall Into The “Popularity Trap”

Don’t judge a product by its cover! Popular and good packaged skin care products do not necessarily add value to the quality of it. When it’s your skin, it’s never one-product-fits-all. Some skin care products work exceptionally well on some skin types, while the same products work bad for the rest. 

Find out for what skin types and conditions the products are intended for, no matter how many good user reviews or stars the product has online. 

4. Check The Ingredient List Carefully 

Scan through the ingredient list the product is made up of. Usually, ingredients will be listed in order of highest to lowest concentration, so if you locate an irritating ingredient among the top 5, drop the idea of buying it. Also, if you’re seeking out a product for certain ingredients, but those ingredients are not listed or listed at the end, then it isn’t worth your money. 

Remember, more than the brand and the product, it’s the right set of ingredients that matter!

5. Avoid Common Allergic Ingredients

Artificial Fragrance

Added fragrances can easily cause skin allergies and irritation, and people with sensitive skin need to avoid them at all costs.


Sulfates are often present in body washes and shampoos. They can strip your hair and skin of its natural oil and can, in turn, cause irritation. Look for sulphate-free beauty products.


Parabens are preservatives used in products to prevent bacterial growth. They cause harmful effects over time by throwing off hormonal balance, causing breast cancer and a lot many other health problems. Try paraben-free products.

6. Look For Certain Favourable Ingredients

A. Glycerin

An ingredient to look for in a moisturizer.

B. Ceramides and hyaluronic acid

They are the most essential moisturizing agents naturally found in the skin. It’s good to get added quantities of it from outside too.

C. L-Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)

Vitamin C works to reverse sun damage and stimulate collagen production in the skin.

D. Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Has similar properties of Vitamin C. They work best when they’re used together as a duo.

E. Retinol

It works to turn over skin cells and stimulate collagen, usually found in night skin care products.

F. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Controls excess oil while hydrating the skin, resulting in even skin tone.

7. Try Before You Buy

No matter how careful you’d be in choosing a product, you can never be 100% sure on how it would react on your skin. It can be really hard to conclude the effects of the chemical ingredients and the combinations of it. 

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So, when trying a product, do a patch test to see its effect on your skin. 

A better option to avoid the risk is to let a Dermatologist suggest the right products for you.  A Dermatologist carefully analyses your skin type and conditions to find out what suits you the best. After all, they’re called skin experts for a reason!

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Chaitra K

Chaitra K

I’m a Skin Care Enthusiast from Bangalore, a writer here @CureSkin teamed up with Expert Dermatologists to spread awareness on the right kind of skin and hair care for men and women. Inspiring people to explore the skin and hair care that suits their need and help them look and feel beautiful is my full-time job. Skin & hair problems affect every person's self-esteem and confidence. Hence I love helping people by giving them the best information about skin and hair health with my writing, driven by the BEST Dermatologists.

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