Anybody that has seen any of my close-up make up less pictures, can tell that I suffer from a mild form of rosacea. This is why I tend to to keep myself informed on skin care.
Two websites that I really like for that purpose are the following
The beauty brains are chemist that analyse composition of cosmetics. I learnt a lot there, especially about hair care. They answer myths about parabens, silicones and sulfates. It’s really a must read.
Paula’s choice is the website of Paula Begoun. She does have her own line of skin care and makeup but her advice and reviews about other brands are really good. They analyse ingredient list, PH and they point out irritating ingredients.
1. Ingredients loose efficacy when they are in a tub. Buy your skin care from a bottle or a tube.
2. It’s safe to use chemical exfoliants, anti-oxydant and retinol at the same time.
3. Mineral oil and petrolatum are completely safe ingredients.
4. Parabens are well tolerated by most skins.
5. Alcohol and alcohol denat is very irritating for the skin.
6. Cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol are fatty alcohols and are in fact good the skin.
7. You can take anti-age products at any age. You can’t mend wrinkles but you surely can slow down the process.
8. Scrubs are very irritating on a lot of skin types. Look for chemical exfoliants that contain one of the following ingredients: alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) is good for dry and sun damaged skin, salicylic acid (BHA or beta hydroxyl acid) is good for clogged pores and acne prone skin. Lactic acid is a form of AHA. If you can’t stand AHA and BHA look for PHA (Polyhydroxy acid) which is a milder form.
9. A SPF of more than 30 is not necessary. You don’t need to pay more for SPF 50 sun blocks.
10. A lot of natural brands contain ingredients that are very irritating for the skin, perfume water, different extracts and essential oils. If you want to go for natural brands for ethical reasons, read closely the ingredient list and test the PH if you can! Avoid bar soap at any cost.