Leave Your Beauty Routine’s Comfort Zone

Nisha Mathur
Posted on February 14, 2017, 10:38 am
6 mins

Did you know that our skin adapts to the ingredients in beauty products that we put on our face? After a while, the positive effects of the products we use for months and years decrease. The skin becomes familiar with the same recipe of active ingredients used over and over. It’s like going to the gym and always doing the same routine. The same muscles exert the same pressure each time you work out. The muscles eventually predict the stress they are about to endure, and adapt to the body. Hundreds of other muscles go unused, but any update to the routine will shock the muscles in a good way. That’s what the face needs from its beauty products.

The good news is that as daunting as the selection may be, stores like Sephora and Ulta carry a long list of products. Our skin needs those options and variety. The various products per skin type often have small and subtle differences that adhere to your facial concerns and consistently do the job.

How to Navigate the Big World of Cosmetics

If you ask a cosmetics store employee what product of cleanser, moisturizer, or serum you should buy, there’s a chance that the store promotes a specific product to increase its sales. This is even more likely when they have promotional samples on hand. If this is a concern for you, there’s an infinite number of online critics who review any product with a one to five star rating.

You can utilize those sources for beauty advice, but it’s highly beneficial to experiment first and foremost. Know what type of skin you have, whether it’s oily, dry, or combination. Unless acne is a medical concern, don’t let a potential pimple stop you from embracing new products. It’s a mind trick to accuse new beauty products of harming your skin, when a dirty pillowcase, sweat or stress are the everyday producers of acne. Our bodies love to resist new things, even if they are good for us. It’s easier and feels safer to avoid change, but in the long run, your face will thank you for investing in quality products that make you feel good on the inside and out.

Finding the Newest Addition to Your Beauty Routine

Stores fill checkout lines with novelty items that purposefully promote impulse purchasing. All items are not created equal. At the grocery store, you don’t need to buy the candy bar. When it comes to the Sephora, Ulta, or Kiehl’s checkout like, it’s a great opportunity to seek out samples of the products that you wouldn’t buy full price at first. Ulta has samples of The Body Shop’s Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask for $2.50. There are a lot of charcoal masks out there, so sampling lets you test it out without committing. The bonus benefit is that the next day, your friends and family will tell you if your skin looks different. If they notice brighter or clearer skin and say something, you know you’re on the right track.

Remember not to be fooled just because you’re in the ‘impulse buy’ section. Sephora’s samples are on the pricier side depending on what you get. Typically, Sephora’s section deserve thought. Aim for a product like good cleansers or serums, expensive items that are harder to sample full price. They go deep inside your pores and form your first layer of defense, compared to items that “cover you” like lipstick or hairspray. Try Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser or First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser, both offered in trial sizes at Sephora. They are both gentle cleansers that fit all face types and focus on removing dirt and make-up without reddening skin.

Use, Don’t Abuse, Your Intuition

A rule of thumb is to try one new trial product every time you go to a cosmetics store. Stores like Nordstrom Rack also carry trial sizes of popular brands at a discount. Your skin is smart when it comes to what you put on it, but it’s not immune to aging and the environment. Be open to the great products that come cheaper. Finally, trust yourself that the products you sample will get you closer to the products and nutrients that you know you need in the long run.