How to Choose a Skin Care Line

Four Methods:Analyze Your Skin.Assess Your Skin Care Concerns.Consult a Professional.Choose a Skin Care Line.

Choosing the right skin care line is important for maintaining healthy skin. Some people want to improve a particular skin problem, while others may wish to establish an effective skin maintenance routine. Knowing how to choose a skin care line will help you decide what to buy when you are confronted with the thousands of skin care products on the market.

Method 1
Analyze Your Skin.

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    Determine your skin type by answering the following questions.
    • Is your skin oily, dry, or a combination?
    • Is your skin fair, medium or dark?
    • Is your skin sensitive?
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    Write the answers, or remember them for reference when you choose a skincare line. Many skin care products are made to address a few skincare issues. For example, your skin may be dry and sensitive, so you need products for dry/sensitive skin, as opposed to something heavy that may be hydrating but also irritating. Perhaps your skin is dark and combination. You may want products that balance the skin's moisture and tone.

Method 2
Assess Your Skin Care Concerns.

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    Ask yourself what problems you are trying to correct or prevent. You may have more than one skin problem, but many skin care lines offer facial products that address a main concern like anti-aging, and have supplemental treatments to focus on other concerns like rosacea.
    • Do you want to get rid of acne, acne scars, rosacea, dark spots or pigmentation?
    • Do you have wrinkles?
    • Do you have large pores or blackheads?
    • Does your skin burn easily?
    • Do you just need simple skin care maintenance?
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    Add these answers to your skin care analysis notes. Keep this with you when you are shopping so you know exactly what benefits you need when you buy skin care products.

Method 3
Consult a Professional.

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    Visit a dermatologist or an esthetician. They can help you determine your skin type and skin care needs if you are unsure. Some skin care treatment centers offer a free 15 minute consultation, so check around.

Method 4
Choose a Skin Care Line.

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    Decide how much money you want to spend. Depending on where you shop, prices for skin care products can vary greatly. As a general rule, product lines carried at salons and spas tend to cost more than those on the shelves of your local pharmacy. You can find quality lines in many places, so you have many options to suit your budget.
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    Decide whether you prefer an organic or a synthetic skin care line. Depending on your lifestyle and skin care goals, one or the other may be better for you.
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    Educate yourself about skin care products. Find out the benefits of the skin care lines you are interested in. Some companies specialize in anti-aging, while others cater to the teen and college market. Compare companies that target your skin type and skincare needs.
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    Find out about short-term and long-term effects. Some skin care products may alleviate a specific problem quickly, but may not be best for long-term use. Be sure you know how a skincare line will affect your skin in 1 year or even 5 years.
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    Look for products that work together. For example, some skin care lines that have an aggressive exfoliator, have heavier moisture and collagen activators in their serums to work with this exfoliator.
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    Get advice. If you are not sure what a product does, ask the sales representative or an esthetician before you buy it. You need to be sure that you are not canceling out the benefits of one product by using it in conjunction with another.
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    Buy the basics, then add on. Start with the right cleanser, toner and moisturizer, then add exfoliators, serums,night treatments and spot treatments.


  • Many cosmetic counters and skin care spas have free samples of skin care products to give away. It's best to try before you buy to see what works for you.
  • Using a daily moisturizer with SPF will protect you from sun damage, sun spots or skin darkening.

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