When shopping for hair and skin care products, it’s easy to fall into the “the more
expensive, the better” trap of buying pricey products that don’t really do much for you. Just because it costs an arm and a leg, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting more; sometimes it just means you’re a sucker. Navigating the world of women’s grooming can be tricky, but if you follow our guide, it doesn’t have to be.
By now, you probably have your go-to shampoo and could pick it out of a grocery aisle with your eyes closed. But how can you be sure it’s really working for you? The wrong shampoo can strip oil, cause breakage and dandruff, even hair loss. Take a look at its ingredients and steer clear of these ones:
1. Sulfates – Strong chemical detergents that can cause scalp irritation, redness and itching.
2. Isopropyl alcohol – A petroleum-derived substance that cleans and dissolves oil. Can cause hair damage and hair loss.
3. Formaldehyde – A chemical preservative that kills bacteria but is also a carcinogen that can cause skin inflammation.
4. Propylene glycol – Helps cleaning ingredients penetrate hair but breaks down proteins in hair and irritates the skin and eyes.
On the other hand, if you find any of these ingredients, give yourself a good ol’ pat on the back:
1. Glycerin – Helps retain moisture and protects follicles.
2. Nut and seed oils – Oils like jojoba, shea, and avocado add moisture and shin and also help remove oil build up.
3. Acidic ingredients like sodium citrate or citric acid – Keeps hair at the right pH balance and makes hair look smooth and shiny.
4. Panthenol – Helps hair retain moisture and thickens follicles because it’s a form of vitamin B.
Other Hair Care Essentials:
Brushes and combs
Wax or mud pastes to style hair
Skin Care Products
It’s never too early to begin taking care of your skin. Dermatologists recommend you start using eye cream in your twenties, before the fine lines and traces of aging show. Retinoid, which contains vitamin A, prevents and reverses sun damage and aging signs by increasing collagen production and shedding pore-clogging cells.
Skin Care Essentials:
- Eye cream – Choose one with antioxidants and soothing ingredients like calendula, which reduces puffiness.
- Moisturizer with SPF – Sun exposure can trigger long-term skin damage and even cause skin cancer. Remember to avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are at its strongest and most harmful. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply after every hour.
- Facial cleanser – Just like hair care, more expensive doesn’t mean better. Stay away from ingredients like peppermint and eucalyptus. While they are natural, they can cause irritation.
- Face masks – Know the differences between them. A mud pack tightens the skin and softens lines, a clay mask gives deep pore cleansing, and a honey mask moisturizes skin.