I wish technology was as advanced back in the day as it is now.
During my daunting task of trying to find the right products for my skin (hello sensitive skin), I didn’t have the luxury to take a skincare assessment prior to heading to the store to get the right products.
Now, thanks to technology you and I have the luxury to know in advance what products to include and most importantly which ones to avoid.
Here are the top skincare ‘tests’ now available and tailor made for your skin ‘type’.
Sephora ‘Beauty Quiz’
The Sephora Quiz is pretty advance and I’d say spot on. Here are the recommendations that popped up for me:
Olehenriksen ‘C-Rush’ Vitamin-C Gel
Clinique ‘Turnaround’ Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer
Dermalogica ‘Skin Soothing Hydrating’ Lotion
Note: The results are based on skincare concern for ‘dry’ ‘sensitive’ skin looking for a moisturizing product.
Skincare by Alana
This quiz was easy and straight to the point. I received the following recommendations:
Origins Checks & Balance Frothy Face Wash
Sunday Riley Vitamin-C Brightening Serum
Total Beauty Skin Quiz.
I like this one because it feels more interactive and provides a step-by-step guide on how to apply products. Results:
You have sensitive skin..
If you’re not normally a “sensitive” person, you may be experiencing a period of this now if you’re in dry air (indoors during the winter) or if you’ve been spending a lot of time doing skin-drying activities like swimming. Tip: The American Academy of Dermatology suggests sticking to powder and non-waterproof cosmetics when possible because they contain less-irritating fixatives. Also, heed this very important warning: Just because a product is labeled fragrance-free doesn’t mean it’s safe for your fickle skin. According to the FDA definition, these products can still contain a small amount of fragrances to mask other smells. So make sure to read the list of ingredients for the word “fragrance.” Follow this skin regime to prevent irritation:
Step 1. Cleanse
Find a creamy, gentle cleanser, preferably one containing less than 10 ingredients. Make sure alcohol, fragrance, perfume, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic or glycolic acids aren’t on the list.
Step 2. Moisturize
Again, keep it simple by using products that don’t have an epic ingredient list of unpronounceable additives. For daytime, look for something with at least SPF 15. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests some sensitive skin types better tolerate the natural sunscreen ingredient titanium dioxide (which has been proven in studies to be an effective ray-blocker). Skip SPF at night to limit your skin’s exposure to chemicals.
Step 3. Pamper your eye area
Because sensitive skin is often dry, it might be tempting to pile on eye cream, but common anti-aging ingredients like AHAs or vitamin C may irritate your skin. Instead, look for a gentle eye cream that’s heavy on hydrators like shea butter, aloe or olive oil, but light on everything else.
Have you taken your skin exam?
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