When it comes to your skin you can never be too cautious. Without knowing how your skin will react to a product you could be in for a disaster. If you’re shopping in a department store ask to try the product first. Most stores have samples on hand; if your skin starts to tingle, itch or burn the product may not be for you.
If you’re shopping online read reviews. Lots of them. Try a specific search like [ “X Product” “Sensitive Skin” “review” ] or [“X Product” “Skin reactions” “review“]. Don’t stop at just 1 review, read multiple reviews and opt for those that use pictures (before/after preferably.)
When it comes to the products themselves, here’s an overview of what to look for:
Cleansers: Cleansers are probably the most important part of a skin care routine. Choosing the right cleanser is imperative. Choose a cleanser that removes dirt, makeup and impurities without removing the natural moisture from your face/skin.
Dry skin sufferers should opt for creamy cleansers while oily skin sufferers should opt for an oil-free cleanser with salicylic acid.
Moisturizers: The next most important post cleansing skin care product is the moisturizer. Choose those that are thick for dry skin. Look for a moisturizer that contains SPF for extra protection.
There are light and oil-free moisturizers available for those with oily skin.
Exfoliating products: Exfoliants are my favorite skin care routine products. I love how my face feels after I exfoliate! If you have sensitive skin you may want to skip this or opt for a very gentle exfoliant like one with micro beads.
Heavier exfoliants (like those made with crushed shells and salt) shouldn’t be used too often.
Toner: I don’t use toner too often, but try to incorporate it during the summer when I’m overly shiny. Astringents work well for getting rid of the shine due to oily skin and tightens the pores. For dry skin opt for hydrating waters and toning lotions.
With combination skin it can get tricky. Oil-absorbing toners are great for an oily T-zone (swipe along the forehead, chin and nose) but be careful not to use on the dry areas.
Spot Treatments: Spot treatments are not meant to treat acne. They are for the lone pimple or blemish. Choosing the best spot treatment for you depends on your lifestyle. There are those that may be left on overnight and some that you can wear out without noticing. There are also tinted spot treatments that act as a camouflage for blemishes.
Most spot treatments contain benzoyl peroxide which can irritate sensitive and dry skin. Always read the labels and follow directions!
Skin care products are everywhere and the price tags vary. There is always some miracle cream that promises to take 5 years off and restore your skin to infancy like conditions.
All it costs is your entire life savings and the promise of your first-born.
In case you are like me (and many other women) and don’t have the extra $$$ to drop on skin care products and cosmetics there are other options. Would you believe there are products out there that work and are affordable? Oh yea there are!
Recently Avani Dead Sea Cosmetics sent over a bunch of their products to try out. While a couple weren’t really hits with me, there were a few stand out players.
The Avani Dead Sea Cosmetics Skin Renewal Facial Peel is probably my favorite of all of the products. The product itself is a little misleading, but the results I saw definitely put a smile on my face.
See, the Facial Peel starts out as a non-conspicuous liquid; no texture or color, just a clear liquid. Once you start rubbing it, it balls up which could make one think that the newly formed texture is the impurities being removed. Instead this texture seems to be what helps remove the dead skin, kind of like a scrub but way more gentle.
After just one use though my skin looked healthier and the unsightly blackheads that plague my nose were almost nonexistent. One use and my blackheads basically disappeared. That right there was proof enough for me that the Avani Dead Sea Cosmetics Skin Renewal Facial Peel is awesome.
I wanted to love the Ultra Rich Body Butter, but the antique fragrance (it reminds me of my grandmother’s perfume) and a slight burning sensation put a stop to that. I’m sure it’s just a sensitive skin issue, something to do with the fragrance, since others have tried it and not had the same experience.
The Avani Ultra Rich Body Butter does leave the skin feeling soft and moisturized and the fragrance seems to fade after a while. The texture of the body butter reminds me of cold cream, you know the stuff you used to remove your Halloween makeup as a kid.
I am a fan of the Natural Mineral Body Scrub. It’s similar to your typical exfoliant, no overwhelming smell and a gentle scrub that gets rid of dry, flaky skin.
The Natural Mineral Body Scrub leaves the skin feeling new and refreshed, which is what you’d expect from a body scrub.
The Cellular Restore Night Cream and Eternal Face and Neck Cream are other products from Avani Dead Sea Cosmetics that I wanted to love. The packaging says ‘All Skin Types‘ but I wouldn’t suggest these for sensitive skin. They adds a great amount of moisture, however the slight burning sensation was felt with this too.
The products I had the worst luck with all seem to have the same added fragrance that I’d like to attribute the burning sensation to. My skin gets that feeling whenever I used a heavily scented product.
One of the many things I am thankful for is my lack of wrinkles and sagging eyes. I started getting grey hair in my early twenties so I was expecting more signs of aging by now. Luckily (knock on wood) I haven’t had to worry about sagging eyes yet, but I know it is only a matter of time.
I have been using the Defining Eye Lift Serum semi-regularly to hopefully put that off for even longer. This is a collagen enriched serum designed to stave off the signs of aging by keeping your under eye area firm and toned.
I can’t really comment on how it works since I haven’t experienced the other side of the coin. I can say I still haven’t seen any sagging since using it!
The Deep Cleansing Mud Facial Gel is a new concept for me. I have used mud masks before and love them, but this isn’t that. It’s actually not very mud-like at all. It’s more like a soap but leaves your face feeling like you’ve just had a facial. It’s not a harsh cleanser so I can see it working with most skin types.
The Mineral Cleansing Milk is gentle with a refreshing fragrance. It’s another Avani product for all skin types. It helps wipe away blemish causing stuff and leaves your skin feeling light and healthy.
Overall I’m thrilled with Avani Dead Sea Cosmetics. While the prices may sway you, you can find most of their products on Amazon at deep discounts. ($99 retail on the Avani Dead Sea Cosmetics website to $15 retail on Amazon.) Don’t worry if you can’t find something on Amazon, we have a coupon (valid through January 15th 2016) to take 50% off of the entire Avani website.
Use code “Winter50”.