The definitive guide to buying the right beauty products suited to your skin type and tone.
At a time when it is possible to buy whatever you want with the flick of a finger, how difficult can it be to shop for cosmetics online? Turns out, quite difficult – but only if you don’t know how to go about it.
It’s actually quite simple if you arm yourself with a good shopping app, and read on for some valuable pointers –
* Assess your skin type.
The first thing to do is understand your skin type. Your skin type – Normal, Oily, Dry or Combination Skin – will determine the kind of beauty and cosmetics you shop online. Beauty and cosmetics products are designed keeping the needs of specific skin types in mind, so using a product for normal skin when you have oily skin will be of little use. If you have sensitive skin, you should speak to your dermatologist about the kind of products you can use.
* Get advice on the kind of ingredients to use, and which ones to avoid.
Though there are four main categories of skin types, every person’s skin is composed differently. This is why, a product that works on one person may not work on another. Certain ingredients work best with your skin, while others have little or no effect. Some ingredients might cause rashes and allergies. It is best to undergo a detailed skin profile to know potential problem areas, and speak to your doctor about a certain product you are considering.
* Research the leading brands in cosmetics and beauty products.
Always do your online cosmetics shopping from the most reputed brands. Leading brands have products that have been tested in a variety of conditions, and which can claim some responsibility for the ingredients they use. Unknown brands or those which claim to show results in a just one use may contain spurious ingredients that are harmful for the skin. Study the product’s list of ingredients and chemical composition before you place the order.
* Look for deals on shopping apps.
Instead of placing your orders directly with the manufacturer, you can shop for cosmetics online using your favourite shopping app. You are bound to get a great discount on the same product, and you can use the saved money to buy another product. The best time to do your online cosmetics shopping is when there is an ongoing sale.
* Understand the returns and exchange policy.
Before you complete your beauty or cosmetics online shopping, be sure to study the store’s exchange and returns policy. Normally, these products are not exchanged if you have opened the packaging. The store might return your money if the wrong product is delivered to you. So be absolutely sure of what you are buying before you place the order.