I DESPISE it when sales people try and convince you to buy an entire ‘range’. (Hiss, stomp, seethe…)
Nine times out of ten, you DON’T have to buy a cleanser, toner and moisturiser from the same brand to get the results you’re after. I’ve often had to listen to beauty counter sales people try and convince me of this, carrying on as if my face would cave in if I didn’t use Brand X’s eye cream with their supercalifragilistic lip cream, yet it’s perfectly okay to mix and match. Just make sure you don’t end up with an array of goodies that all contain the same sterk active ingredient that, when present in EVERYTHING you use, could add up to a level that might cause irritation… or that the creams you’re layering contain ingredients that negate each other’s effect. (You can check this with your dermatologist if you’re not sure…)
Still, I’m not done ranting yet… next time you hit up the beauty counter, make a point of reading the ingredients of anything you buy. Many people don’t realise it, but, by law, ingredients have to be written in a way that lists the most concentrated ingredient first. So, if you’re buying a ‘vitamin C enriched’ body lotion and see that poor old vitamin C (also referred to as ‘ascorbic acid’) is listed stone cold last, or schmingling just before the preservatives, you’re getting an amount that’s so negligable, they really shouldn’t have bothered to even toss it in there.
Last, but not least… did you know that if a product contains sunscreen it can get away with claiming that it’s got ‘anti-aging’ benefits? After all, sun screen does prevent premature wrinkling and what not… So essentially, if I whip up a foundation, toss in some sunscreen and then add a minescule amount of retinol (one so small it’s presence wouldn’t make a difference), I can legally call my product Awesome New Anti-aging Foundation with Wrinkle-busting Retinol. Oh dear…
So ja… please brush up on your beauty savvy girls. There are some truly fabulous products out there, but you need to know how to find them. And remember, just because something’s expensive, it doesn’t always mean that it’s better than anything else.
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