Hi guys! I’m really happy to say that recently, Hello Giggles published an essay I wrote called “How Skin Care Unexpectedly Led Me To Self-Care.” This essay is so important to me because not only is it a part of an important larger conversation, but also because it also allowed me to reflect more deeply on my own habits.
Here’s the thing, in the essay, I talk about an allergic reaction I had to makeup (I’ve mentioned it previously on my blog too). Because of the allergic reaction, I realized I needed to be a lot more careful about what I put on my sensitive skin. Pairing my need for caution with my love for beauty, I quickly spiraled into a world of skin care and beauty research, and before long, I realized how gross the ingredients are in some of our skin care and beauty products. Honestly, it was shocking.
Soon after realizing how gross some ingredients were, I started searching for brands who sought to make safe and healthy products (If I don’t want an allergic reaction from my makeup, I can guarantee you that I also don’t want cancer from my makeup). Before long, I started falling in love with new brands. What I wasn’t falling in love with was their price tags.
At this point, I felt caught in the middle. Do I do something that is safe for me and will make me feel good, though it will cost a lot? Or do I do something that will make my wallet feel good, even though it might not make me feel good? If I’m being honest (and I am), usually my choice is to do both and try to find a healthy balance.
My first step in trying to find balance, came in the form of a Beauty Counter consultant. Beauty Counter is a brand that strives to create clean, healthy, good makeup. I’ve tried their stuff, and I like it, but even more helpful is their “The Never List.” This list contains a bunch of ingredients that are commonly included in beauty, skincare, and household products.
The consultant also introduced me to a great app. EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database is a lifesaver (possibly literally). You can download it to your phone, scan cosmetic products at the store, and it will give you their health rating, along with a list of the dangerous ingredients included in the product. This app has changed the way I shop for cosmetic products.
Now here comes the next truth, before I started splurging on makeup, I started splurging on skin care. Why? Because if you ask any makeup artist ever, they’ll tell you that the best thing you can do for your face is start with good skin.
Before I invested in one of my all-time favorite moisturizers, I tried a drugstore brand. I even did my research first. It was my first time using a moisturizer, but I didn’t feel like it was doing much for me so after a while I decided to step up my game. And oh boy, when I did, it made all the difference. My moisturizer convinced me that sometimes you do get what you pay for and so I started trying different cleansers and serums, usually testing samples before buying the full size.
So where am I at now? I have a mix of brands. Some higher end, with higher price tags, and some are easy to find and easy on the wallet drugstore brands. BUT, regardless of their price or brand, they’re all good for me.
What’s my advice for finding skincare and makeup products that are truly good for you?
- Find products with healthy, safe ingredients. If you’re putting something unsafe ingredients on your skin, then it’s not good for, simple as that.
- Shop around and test out products before you commit to them. You don’t need to ever invest in an expensive product without testing it first. Many stores, like Sephora, offer samples. Make sure you love the product before you buy it full sized.
- Make sure the product works well with your skin. It doesn’t matter who recommends you a product, or what ingredients are in it, if the product doesn’t sit well with your skin, then it’s not for you. We all have such different, beautiful faces and skin, and we are all looking for something specific in our makeup and skin care. Just because someone else loves something, it doesn’t mean you have to.
So there you have it! Now you know how I came to find makeup and skin care products that worked for me, along with the tips that I have to offer you!