Kristals Tips: How to Find the Greatest Skin Care Products for You

Skin care products that work great for your friend may cause you to break out or irritate your skin. You may have already experienced that at one time or another. You are unique. That’s why it’s important to understand your skin type and the substances that best suit it.

Talk to a Pro

Often, people discover their skin type through a blog post. But it’s important to receive expert advise to rule out other skin conditions like rosacea or acne or eczema that affect things in other ways. So it’s best to have a dermatologist evaluate your skin and give you some general ideas of which skin care products should be included in your skin care routine.

Skin care products for…

1) Oily Skin

Stay away from petroleum jelly, mineral oil, alcohol or sodium sulfate. Also watch out for isopropyl palmitate, an emollient that can clog pores. Instead, focus on skin care products containing oil-free ingredients (look for dimethicone in the ingredients list) or hyaluronic acid, an excellent moisturizer. Also, try a skin cleanser with glycolic acid, which can help reduce excess oil and clogged pores. If you have oily skin, Kristals Cosmetics Rose Quatz Oil Free Clarifying Action Toner is just for you.

2) Combination Skin

What an annoying duo: dry spots over here and oily ones over there! The best rule of thumb is to focus on different areas with specific problems and treat them accordingly. This means applying a richer lotion or cream to the dry spots of your face, and an oil-free product for the oily areas. You may want to consider salicylic acid to exfoliate, but in different forms: gel or liquid for oily areas and lotion for the dry areas. It’s an added expense, we know, but combination skin seems to require a combination of solutions.

3) Dry Skin

Retinoids can be too harsh despite their benefits. Alcohol is another problem ingredient, as are products loaded with fragrances, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide—they make dry skin worse. Instead look for moisturisers that contain glycerin, plant oils, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and peptides. You may want to also pass on toners, because they generally contain alcohol that get rid of water in the skin and make it look dull.

4) Normal Skin

Lucky you! No major problems, but watch out for mineral oil and petrolatum because they can clog pores. In terms of alcohol types, watch out for SD alcohol 40, ethanol and isopropyl alcohol—these all dry out the skin.

Kristals Cosmetics focuses on using gemstone powder infused skin care to help all different skin types.  Gemstones used include diamonds, gold, pearls and sapphire, just to name a few.  If you enjoyed today’s blog post, you may want to read Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 5 Skincare Secrets That Beautify .

Kristals Tips: Common Beauty Blunders to Avoid

Common beauty blunders – we all make them (even the beauty and skincare experts at Kristals have made them at some point!). Sometimes they happen out of ignorance, other times we listen to bad advice from celebrities (hi, Snooki and Gwyneth Paltrow!) or even from well-meaning friends. Or we read a headline but not the whole article or misunderstand what the piece is actually saying.

But that’s okay. Here at Kristals we’re here to help! Read on for the common beauty blunders you never have to make again.

Kristals Tips: Common Beauty Blunders to Avoid

Conditioning the Wrong Spots

Start working in conditioner around your ears and take it to the ends. Don’t apply it all over like do would with shampoo, since the hair close to the roots is healthy and doesn’t need it, not to mention that the extra product there can actually wear your hair down.

If you want that va-va-voom volume, skip this one of the common beauty blunders and only put conditioner from your ears down.

Not Knowing Your Skin Type

This is huge, and people often dive in and try different substances that others rave out without checking to see if they’re a fit. And an online quiz is NOT how your figure out your skin type.

See a dermatologist and then grill him or her about what to look for on ingredients lists for sunscreens, antioxidant serums, exfoliators and moisturizer. Also see if they have lifestyle tips that fit your type of skin.

Meanwhile, this will help you know your skin type and if you already have an idea, these are for you:

Using Eye Cream for Puffy Eyes

Since these creams have hydrating agents, they may actually make the puffiness puffier—NOT the goal.

Instead, see if you can find a light eye gel that contains caffeine, use potato slices, or simply apply an ice pack for 15 minutes to bring down the puffiness.

Too Much Bronzer

Take it easy. You want a glow, not to be glowing like you were exposed to radiation in a screwy science experiment.

If you can get out in the sun (with sunscreen!) you’ll get a naturally bronzed look, and healthy skin glows naturally.

Knowledge is power – now you don’t have to make these common beauty blunders anymore! Go you!