Focusing on a healthy lifestyle involves creating good habits. Good eating habits, good movement habits and, of course, good beauty and skincare habits. But how do you know which health products are right for you? To get the best results, it is important to choose the best health and beauty products.
We are all unique. And, health and beauty products that work wonders for a friend might not work for you. Or, worse, they could trigger a bad reaction or rashes. Beauty and health start from within. Finding the right products for your personal body chemistry isn’t just about following influencers or finding popular brands.
Beware of marketing and influencers
Health advice from someone looking to profit from the sale of a product should always be approached with a bit of caution. Your first stop in making healthy choices is always your doctor or nutritionist.
A full blood panel and conference with medical experts about your health and chemistry is the only real way to know which vitamins and supplements you should be taking each day.
A health store selling vitamin packs or an influencer who swears by a particular supplement might encourage you to buy something that’s right for you. Or they might push you to spend money on something your body doesn’t need. In some cases, you may even be sold supplements and “vitamins” that contain dangerous combinations of ingredients that can cause significant harm.
Check reviews before buying
Online reviews will often tell you everything you need to know about a beauty or health product. While reviews on the product site can be helpful, they are selected for marketing purposes and will not show the full customer experience, especially if the experience is negative.
The same can be said for any influencer who got paid or received free products in exchange for an online review. These reviews are often inherently at least a little biased.
Perhaps the best reviews can be found on independent websites like PissedConsumer.com or through forums like Quora or Reddit. Their customers leave real experiences and product reviews. They describe product issues that marketing websites often fail to mention.
Review sites are full of frustrated customers with damaged products, products that don’t work, issues with return policies, and those trying to cancel subscription plans with varying degrees of success.
Avoid automatic top-ups and surprise fees
Auto-restocks are a common source of concern for skincare and health care products. Customers buy a product to try, often with a low advertised introductory rate, and don’t realize that the next month brings another delivery of the product, whether they like it or not. In addition to the next month’s supply, customers are billed for the product.
Complaints like these in the Purity Product Reviews explain how frustrating it is for customers who are billed for expensive items they don’t need month after month when there are complicated instructions on how to cancel the subscription.
Often, trying out a special promotion means months of battling the company to stop automatic top-ups and charges. Read the fine print before ordering to make sure you’re not heading into a major problem down the road.
Know what you are looking for in the product
Reading the back of a skincare cream or supplement can be like reading a secret code. There are so many different ingredients, all with formal scientific names. While it’s always a good idea to know exactly what you’re putting in or on your body, you should at least look for some key ingredients.
In skincare, be on the lookout for the following key elements:
– Glycerin: This natural compound is the basis of most creams.
– Ceramides: An excellent moisturizing element in skin care products.
– Hyaluronic acid: An exfoliating and moisturizing compound.
– L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): An antioxidant that works to reverse damage caused by UV exposure.
– Tocopherol (Vitamin E): Another antioxidant that can protect and repair the skin.
– Retinol: A key ingredient in night creams that refreshes the skin and promotes collagen.
– Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Controls the production of sebum in the skin and evens out the complexion.
For vitamins and supplements, you can find the nutrition information included on the label. Be sure to discuss the appropriate amount of each supplement with your doctor.
Avoid unhealthy elements in health and beauty products
Certain elements are added to health supplements or beauty products as a type of filler or perhaps a way to camouflage or enhance the product in potentially unhealthy ways. When looking through the packaging to find the things you want in your supplements or health products, also pay attention to the things you definitely don’t want. Be careful when choosing products if they contain the following:
Unless you’re looking for a serious pick-me-up and understand the consequences of taking a caffeine pill, you don’t want to add extra caffeine to your system through supplements. Often, high levels of caffeine can cause heat flare-ups and adverse medical effects.
Many producers often add fragrances to skincare products, but they can cause allergic reactions or just skin irritation. Avoid perfumes to avoid any side effects.
Commonly found in soaps and shampoos, sulfates strip the skin’s natural oils and can dry out hair and skin. Avoid body washes and shampoos with added sulfates.
A preservative found in shampoos and body washes, parabens are potentially harmful to the body as they mimic the hormone estrogen and can disrupt hormonal balance.
It is not common to find true formaldehyde in skin care or health products in modern times. However, there are other products that release formaldehyde over time. These products you really should avoid. These include DMDM hydantoin and also diazoline urea, for example.
Taking care of your skin and your health is the basis of personal care. You want to be healthy and you need healthy products and practices to look and feel your best. However, when shopping for the latest and greatest health products, always know which products can help you — and which can cause potentially lasting harm.