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Choosing the right products for you

Being 7.5 weeks postpartum I’m excited to embark on a new skincare regimen. So I plan to take a look at my face and see what concerns I have and figure out what my skin needs. These are the steps in more detail. I’ll use myself as a case study for choosing the right products for your skin.
Mirror mirror
Description: Take a good look at your skin in the mirror. Observe all the key areas; forehead, cheeks, nose, chin, which are often the usual suspects for skin concerns.
Case study: When I look in the mirror I see areas of darker pigment especially on my forehead caused by the sun (don’t stone me). I have one or two dark spots from old spots - I’m quite pleased at how well old spots have cleared up actually.
Research
Description: Once you know your skin concerns, the research stage commences. Read up on the ingredients that work well for your skin concerns. I would advise trusted websites like Paula’s Choice and Caroline Hirons rather than random unknown blogs.
Case study: For hyperpigmentation and dark spots / evening of my skin tone - I’m usually a BHA girl but I’d like to explore other chemical exfoliants; perhaps polyhydroxy acids as they tend to be more multi-tasking. A few other ingredients I’m interested in are azelaic acid and mandelic acid as glycolic acid (the most common AHA) didn’t really work for me.
To brighten dull skin - vitamin c has always worked really well for me in this regard so I will simply explore a new brand to keep it interesting
Hydration - hyaluronic acid and vitamin e do the job for me and I think everyone, in the hydration department
Anti-ageing - just because I’m on the other side of 30 and I’m no longer pregnant so hellooooo retinol. Plus it also helps with hyperpigmentation.
Antioxidant because c’mon the skin needs it - vitamin e, niacinamide, vitamin c
Products
Description: Now go on to research products that contain the active ingredients you have identified. This is still research because you have to read reviews and trusted blogs/websites to reach a conclusion.
Case study:
Urban skin rx 3in1 Cleansing Bar - although I’m not one for investing heavily in cleansers as I believe that because they are washed off you don’t get the full benefit of the ingredients in them. However this is an award winning product and it contains many of the ingredients that will help my skin concerns (kojic acid, azelaic acid and niacinamide). Additionally it’s 3in1 (cleanser, mask, exfoliate) so more bang for my buck.
Paula’s Choice 10% azelaic acid booster - this not only contains 10% azelaic acid but also 0.5% salicylic acid which my skin loves.
Klairs supple preparation toner - I loved using the sample earlier this year and will be sure to add this to my new routine.
Garden of Wisdom super bakuchiol serum - bakuchiol is a natural non-irritating alternative to retinol. I have been looking into it for some time and now is a good time to try.
Garden of Wisdom vitamin c serum 23% + ferulic acid - I won’t start this straight away. I’ll stick with my Youskin Vitamin C serum to start with.
I had a good experience with the Garnier moisture bomb sheet masks with my first pregnancy so I will incorporate that (every so often and not weekly cos cost). What I will invest in however is the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask. I loved using the sample earlier in the year.
Staples
Products I won’t be changing and will continue to incorporate into my skincare routine.
Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream
Radiant Glow Facial Wash
Youskin Vitamin C Serum
Homemade Shea butter mix (I’ll let you in on this amazeballs secret sauce very soon)
Depending on how I get on with the new products, they may make their way onto www.simplykayo.com and the SK Beauty store sometime in the near future. So try my approach to finding the right skincare products for you. Feel free to let me know how you get on x