When working on your skin, chances are you’ve followed the most popular, top-search-result suggestion known for solving your particular skin issue, like a salicylic acid treatment for acne or a vitamin C serum for dullness.
After all, what works for everyone else must work for you... right? If only skin transformations were just that simple.
When faced with a skin care product that just isn’t solving your problem or actually making your skin worse, it can be not only frustrating but extremly confusing.
But there's good news, there are numerous ways to fix this problem.
Typically, a single ingredient gains notoriety for a specific skin issue and skin type for one reason, it works. Which is why it can be so frustrating when it doesn’t.
But not everyone is the same, so every ingredient won't act the same for everyONE. Makes sense right?
One of the most popular ingredients these days is Salicylic acid. Found in most skincare products from large brands to the local generic pharmacy. This ingredient is known for curing acne on all skin types.
Signs of this specific ingredient not working include the acne not going away or sections of your skin being completely damaged.
If you've tried this ingredient and notice it isn't working, it's because like skin, acne isn't created equal.
So now that your skin is damaged with extra ingredients and you've spent a mini life savings on this product, what do you do?
Positive and natural ingredients that may be used on your skin include tea tree oil. Tea tree oil helps reduce acne because of it's natural anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It helps calm redness, irritation and swelling around infected areas.
Another great natural ingredient is lemon. Found in the Lemon Face Cleanser, Lemon essential oils treat acne at the source. With natural healing properties and acids, lemon naturally reduces swelling and redness as well as cleanses through antimicrobial properties from the juices. Lemon has a high concentration of Vitamin C which helps improve elasticity and complexion.
When using or searching for products, always remember these four main rules:
1. Check expiration dates: All products have an expiration date. Whether synthetic or Natural, try to use products within 3-6 months of breaking the seal. Natural products may expire in less time depending on ingredients used.
2. Products may be stored in the sun or high humidity areas: Always try to store your skincare products in well ventilated and cool areas. Heat exposure for extended periods tend to break ingredients down, making them less effective for the skin.
3. Products don't have enough active ingredients: Although all the right ingredients may be listed for the product, the concentration per ingredient may be low.
4. Products are low quality: Not all skincare products are created equal. Check the ingredients and symbols on the product itself before consuming. Natural ingredients may be more expensive due to the concentration and quality. Inferior ingredients and poor formulations; letting unstable molecules break down the product are sure signs of lesser quality.
Stay true to your skin type and remember to always Be You. Be Natural.