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What Skin Care Products Should I Use?
With so many skin care products and cosmetics out there, the number of options can be overwhelming.
On one hand, it's great that we have so many choices.
On the other, it can be difficult to find products for your skin -- its type, condition, and unique needs.
Skin care and makeup isn't one size fits all.
You don't want to be stuck in a loop of purchasing and trying products, only to find out that they don't work for you (or worse, cause a reaction).
This is one of the reasons I started my business -- I wanted to help women stop wasting time and money on skincare!
This is why more consumers are doing their research before buying.
Consumers are beginning to speak up and ask for more personalized skin care treatments as well, and some brands are listening.
For example, in 2018, Clinique launched Clinique iD, a personalized moisturizer system. Users pick active ingredients based on the skin concern they're trying to target.
Beauties, I want to help you get your healthiest and most beautiful skin, too!
In this article, there are FIVE skin care quizzes to help you achieve your skin goals.
I will also be recommending the best skin care products and ingredients for each skin type and address concerns you may be having.
Let's get to it!
Why Knowing Your Skin Matters
Today's consumers are more educated than ever before, and the Google search statistic above reflects that.
The power of the search engine provides us with product reviews, company background info, and ingredient info before deciding to buy.
Consumers know that skin care isn't one size fits all and are generally reluctant to try products on a whim without any context.
They want products that will fit their specific needs.
If you're a little confused about why personalized skin care is important, that's OK! I'm here to help!
To put it simply, products and ingredients that are right for your skin will give you the results that you want.
Skin care doesn't have to be time-consuming or expensive.
Many of my clients believe this lie that's being perpetuated by the beauty industry.
Just a little bit of short-term care can have great long-term effects.
If you've read my blog before, you know one of my mottos: prevention is easier than treatment!
And just because a product is pricy doesn't mean that it's the best, or that it's the best for your skin.
My quizzes will give you the need-to-know answers about your skin so you know exactly what to shop for!
Do You Have Healthy Skin?
First thing's first, let's determine the health of your skin.
These skin care quiz questions will help you to determine what shape your complexion is in.
In case you need a refresher on why skin health is important, the skin is your body's largest organ.
Unhealthy skin can be damaged and lead to further problems down the road.
For example, tanning can lead to skin cancer.
Having healthy skin is so important and it's the first step in getting the results you want.
If your skin is healthy, that's great!
You can maintain -- and even improve -- its health with the right products and the right routine, which I'll discuss more in this article.
Or, if your skin isn't the healthiest, that's totally OK!
I'm here for you to help you get back on track.
Plus, I have a whole series of blog posts dedicated to this particular topic that you can refer to.
What Is Your Skin Type?
The first step to establishing your skin care routine is to know your skin type.
This is absolutely necessary for selecting the right products!
Below is a quick summary of the five major skin types.
I also have a more comprehensive blog post about skin types here.
Trust me, you wouldn't want to have a skin care routine made up of products for dry skin if you have oily skin.
If you're still unsure of your skin type, that's OK!
Just simply take the skin type quiz below.
Did you get your results?!
Let's continue on to specific products that are excellent for your skin type.
If you got: Dry Skin
Alana Mitchell Full Spectrum Hemp Facial Rejuvenation Oil
This all-natural, moisturizing facial oil combats dryness and dullness for your healthiest skin yet. It also addresses a number of skin concerns, including aging signs, uneven texture, sensitivity, and hyperpigmentation.
Rhonda Allison Ultra Hydration Cream
This ultra-hydrator works both day and night to give you healthy, hydrated skin. It's formulated with all-natural ingredients, such as the purest form of hyaluronic acid, which raises hydration within your skin by 300%.
If you got: Combination Skin
Glo Skin Beauty Oil Free SPF 40+
Sun protection with no greasy feeling! Guard your skin with broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s damaging rays, while nourishing hydrators and antioxidants fortify your skin.
Alana Mitchell 4-in-1 Cleansing Sponge
A product unlike any other on the market! This is a sponge, cleanser, mask, and exfoliator in one. It's the quickest and easiest way to cleanse your skin daily for a flawless complexion. Even better, it eliminates the need for different products, saving you time and money in your skin care routine!
If you got: Sensitive Skin
Skin Script Cucumber Hydration Toner
This soothing and calming toner is a best seller for a reason! It refines your skin's texture, minimizes the size and appearance of pores, and improves absorption of your other skin care products.
Alana Mitchell Daily OC Cream Cleanser
Gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your day with this gentle, soap-free cleanser. It's made with 99% natural ingredients, including coconut oil, green tea, chamomile, and lavender extracts.
If you got: Normal Skin
Alana Mitchell Clear Collagen Peel-Off Masque
You can expect more youthful skin in just 20 minutes! The natural formula reduces the appearance of wrinkles, removes impurities, and delivers instant firming and smoothing results.
HydroPeptide Face Lift: Advanced Ultra-Lift Moisturizer
Experience a visible facelift with this hydrating moisturizer that contains multi-performance peptides. Your skin's defenses will be reinforced while visibly improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.
If you got: Oily Skin
Image Skincare Clear Cell Mattifying Moisturizer for Oily Skin
An excellent multitasker for oily skin, this soothing moisturizer relieves irritated skin, hydrates, and absorbs surface oils for a refreshed, mattifying effect.
Rhonda Allison Pumpkin Parfait Facial Enzyme
Get a spa-quality treatment at home with this natural exfoliating and polishing facial mask. It promotes collagen production and contains antioxidants for younger-looking skin with fewer fine lines and wrinkles.
What Skin Care Ingredients Should You Be Using?
What you put on your face matters.
Now that you know your skin type, I want to teach you about the skin care ingredients that can get you the specific results you want.
Whether your concern is hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, uneven texture, or dullness, if you start incorporating the appropriate ingredient(s) into your routine, you WILL see results!
Take the personalized skin care quiz below to discover ingredients that can help you improve the look and feel of your complexion.
Now that you've taken the quiz, I'm going to recommend some of my favorite products with the ingredients you got in your results.
Keep on scrolling to find the right products for you!
If you got: Retinol or Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
Alana Mitchell Night R1 Retinol Facial Oil
Wake up to beautiful, glowing skin! Made with retinol and coQ10, this all-natural and lightweight formula targets dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines while you’re asleep. No flaking, redness, or peeling like traditional retinol products, but with all the benefits!
This lightweight serum uses glycolic and lactic acid to help you treat the skin conditions you want to target, whether it's acne, hyperpigmentation, or signs of aging. It's also great for preparing your skin for peels, microdermabrasion, or other skin treatments.
If you got: Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide
Image Skincare Clear Cell Medicated Acne Lotion
While many acne-fighting products dry out your skin, this one won't! Get to the root of your pimples with this benzoyl peroxide, a lethal killer of acne-causing bacteria. Chamomile and tea tree extracts soothe your skin and relieve irritation so you can have a clear, luminous complexion.
Yes, it IS possible to get less frequent breakouts! This fragrance-free formula hydrates and smoothes your skin for a clear, blemish-free complexion while salicylic acid neutralizes acne-causing bacteria and regulates oil production.
If you got: Vitamin C or Willow Bark Extract
Alana Mitchell Daily Vitamin C Moisturizer
Say hello to an even skin tone! This fast-absorbing, non-greasy daily moisturizer brightens your complexion and encourages collagen production with 20% vitamin C for anti-aging benefits.
Eminence Organics Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum
Purifying and clarifying, this multitasking serum evens your skin tone, prevents breakouts, and hydrates your complexion for a healthy appearance.
If you got: Papaya Extract or Licorice Root
Alana Mitchell Brightening & Exfoliating Pumpkin Anti-Aging Masque
One treatment of this masque will remove dead skin cells and debris to reveal your softest, smoothest complexion yet! The invigorating properties of alpha hydroxy acids and pumpkin and papaya enzymes revive dull skin, declutter pores, and diminish aging signs.
Eminence Organics Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel
Successfully reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots with this non-irritating peel that gently exfoliates your skin. You'll see softer skin for an overall brighter appearance while protecting it against future damage caused by free radicals.
If you got: MCT Oil or Jojoba Oil
Alana Mitchell Organic MCT Facial Oil
This nourishing oil seamlessly into your face and body as a moisturizer and serves as a multi-use beauty product. It can also be used as a lip oil, makeup remover, or added to your favorite moisturizer or body lotion to relieve dry skin.
Dermaquest Delicate Daily Moisturizer
Blending argan, jojoba, and olive oil, this soothing and cooling moisturizer is formulated to hydrate, protect, and calm irritation while it restores your skin's natural glow and resilience.
If you got: Hyaluronic Acid or Peptides
Alana Mitchell Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum
This is the best anti aging serum! It works to instantly plump fine lines and wrinkles by promoting 10x hydration. 20% hyaluronic acid binds moisture to your skin, giving you a more soft and supple appearance.
Alana Mitchell Anti-Aging Peptide Eye Cream
Say goodbye to signs of aging! The lightweight, revolutionary formula is intended for morning and evening use to nourish your skin. You’ll see reduced crow’s feet, fine lines, and dullness.
If you got: CBD or Green Tea
Alana Mitchell Full Spectrum Hemp Hyaluronic Serum
Recapture youthful, hydrated skin! The appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, pore size, dark spots, and uneven texture is visibly reduced for a brighter, more radiant look. This serum is ideal for use before your moisturizer and/or makeup to quench dry skin.
Rhonda Allison Beta Green Tea Cleanser
This is the cleanser that does it all! It powerfully removes dirt, oil, and bacteria to help rid your skin of impurities and leave it feeling refreshed. The dynamic formula also balances your skin tone, soothes, and hydrates.
What Cleanser Should You Be Using?
Cleansing is the MOST important part of your skin care routine, so it's crucial that you find the right formula for your skin!
It’s one area where it's super easy to fall into a groove that we never get out of, or even think twice about.
For a refresher on all things cleansing, read this article.
I've created a quiz to help you determine what type of cleanser will work for your skin so you know what to buy.
I offer several types of cleansers in my own skincare line that could work for you.
Click here to shop!
What Serum Should You Be Using?
Serums are excellent for addressing specific skin concerns because they typically contain a concentrated form of targeted ingredients.
While they're not mandatory per se, they go the extra mile beyond cleansing and moisturizing.
From skin plumping to acne fighting properties, there's definitely a serum out there for your skin and any specific concerns you want to address.
A serum should be applied after you cleanse but before your moisturizer.
Take this quiz to find out what serum you should incorporate into your skin care routine!
Prepare for good (skin care) days ahead!
I'm glad we've gotten to know each other a little more through the quizzes.
I hope you're armed with new skin care knowledge after reading this article!
My goal is to help you develop a personalized skin care system with products that are right for you and will give you results.
The products that I recommended above for your skin type or concerns are a great place to start.
Feel free to share the personalized skin care quiz with your friends so they can develop their routine and get more familiar with their skin!
Beauties, do you have any questions about specific products, your skin, or your routine? You deserve a personal approach to skin care!
Thanks for pointing out that being aware of my skin type is a good way to find the right personal care products for me. I’ve been getting acne on my face lately and my doctor told me that it is probably because of some hormonal imbalance. Maybe being more serious about my skincare routine would be needed in order to get through this.
You’re welcome!! :)
I had so much to learn. I only use natural products because I know they are good but not knowing the root causes, benefits and so on. I will come to stop by again next time. And I got some new and positive tips from you. I think suggested products will help me for this situation. Thanks for your important article.