7 Tips To Make the Most of Your Skincare Shopping
New Year, New You! And of course, new skincare goals right? Well if you’re looking to do it right, you’ll need a solid plan to navigate the zillion products available without being too overwhelmed about where to start. Before you hit the aisles or surf your favorite online store, here are 7 tips to help you shop like a skin-savvy native.
HAVE A GOAL AND A BUDGET IN MIND
Read the Ingredients List
KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE
Knowing your skin type is KEY when shopping for skincare because make better decisions about the products you should be using. Not only will this help you stay focused and targeted when buying products, it will also go along way in saving your money, time and frustration. Many people often use the wrong type of moisturizer or cleanser for their skin type and as a result, they don’t see results and get disappointed with skincare shopping. If you’re not sure, here’s a quick guide to help you determine your skin type:
KNOW YOUR SKIN CONCERNS
DO YOUR RESEARCH
ASK FOR SAMPLES
Samples are a great way to see how well products work before you commit to a purchase–Don’t be shy about it. This is the part of skincare shopping that I love! If it’s possible to get enough to last you two good weeks, go for it because you’ll need time to see results. Do keep in mind certain products require a longer duration of use before one see tangible results. Either way, stock up on samples of moisturizers and cleansers for sure–this is also part of your research.
ALWAYS LOOK FOR A PAO SYMBOL
PAO stands for “Period After Opening,” and many skincare (and beauty) products carry a PAO (Period After Opening) symbol like the one below.
This “expiration date” is based on tests conducted by the brand/manufacturer. It tells you when the product expires or how long after opening a product it should be thrown away. For example, a “12M” means a product should be thrown out 12 months after you’ve opened it. This information is usually on the box, so keep that in mind when you make your purchase.