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How do I know if my skin routine is right for me?

If you skin is looking glowing and healthy and you have no skin problems, irritations, flare ups or inflammation, then it is probably fine.  However, I would recommend converting to natural or organic skin products that are chemical free at quite an early stage.  This is because skin is the largest organ in the body and it absorbs chemicals into the blood stream through the skin (think skin patches).

If however you are experiencing any problems – then you need the change your skin routine and probably your skin products too.

Firstly, give your skin a break – as if you are sensitive to a products you are currently using and start using a new product immediately, you may mistakenly think the new product is causing sensitivity too.  So do nothing but cleanse for a week and then patch test a new product first either on the inside of the elbow or behind the ear 24 hours before applying it to your face to ensure you are not allergic to it.

Everybody’s skin is different, so you need to find a solution that will fit in, not just with your skin-type but with your lifestyle.

It is very difficult to get unbiased professional opinion on which products you should use, as most beauticians, certainly on beauty counters in shops are there to promote their own goods, and your local beautician will have her own favourites too.

Read the labels and look at the ingredients.  Unfortunately there are currently no laws about the labelling of products ‘natural’ and ‘organic’.  Manufacturers are allowed to call themselves ‘organic’ with just 1% organic ingredients, and the remainder could be full of chemicals.  The Soil Association is lobbying hard to get this changed, but currently there on no consumer safeguards in this area.

 

Look for quality, honest, natural skin products that are transparent about the quality and their ingredients.  Word of mouth from friends who have similar skin types to you are also helpful.

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