TThere are two types of beauty buyers: those who spend weeks pondering whether a new cleanser deserves its place in their daily lives, and those who buy impulsively and hope for the best.
But no matter what camp you fall into, you can probably understand how frustrating it is when this new beauty gem doesn’t work for your skin, especially if it wasn’t cheap. To prevent this beauty betrayal, board-certified dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, M.D., FAAD, says those who fall into this first buying personality are bumping into something (sorry impulsive shoppers).
“It’s important to evaluate and research the active ingredients in each product, not just select a product based on its marketing, packaging or promises.”
“It’s important to evaluate and research the active ingredients in each product, and not just select a product based on its marketing, packaging or promises,” says Dr. Nazaryan.
But since researching skincare ingredients can be an ongoing job (hey beauty editors), starting shopping at a trusted store like Saks Fifth Avenue can save you time.
Even more beneficial, Saks selects clean-worthy beauty essentials free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, hydroquinone, and more, so your research on ingredients is automatically halved. As for the rest of the ingredients, we asked Dr. Nazaryan for her expert opinion on which beauty products are worth spending money on.
Let’s get straight to the point – according to the dermatologist, these beauty products are well worth the money.
There are seemingly endless amounts of cleansers on the market, but this gentle, oil-based product stands out thanks to its main ingredient: rosehip oil. The oil is high in linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and “incredibly moisturizes and hydrates the skin,” says Dr. Nazaryan.
Moisturizing is a win for anyone with skin, but Dr. Nazaryan is particularly fond of oil-based cleansers for people who routinely use makeup. “This is the easiest way to remove the product without shedding or irritating the skin,” she says.
If you’re wondering where to spend most of your cosmetics budget, Dr. Nazaryan suggests investing in “products that contain more potent ingredients with good delivery and absorption, such as serums and oils.” Has the meaning.
Consider a hyaluronic acid serum such as this, which combines a mixture of hyaluronic acid and purslane molecules (“a great natural ingredient from a wild plant, containing vitamin A and vitamin E,” says Dr. Nazaryan). “Hyaluronic acid can attract water and hydration and keep skin hydrated over time,” she says. “As we age, our skin loses its ability to produce and maintain this natural substance, and as a result we look dry, less youthful and plump.”
INVESTMENT-DECENT SKIN CARE SHOP
By the way, “the serum can be useful for people of all ages,” says Dr. Nazaryan, “Whether it is a serum that is used to protect the skin (for example, those that contain antioxidants), or those that regenerate the skin (with retinol) , there is a useful serum for all and every skin. ”
If you’re buying the latter, this next-level serum combines all the benefits of traditional retinol with additional antioxidants and radiance-enhancing ingredients. To get all the benefits without dryness, Dr. Nazarian recommends using a small amount two to three times a week after applying a light moisturizer. And don’t forget your SPF!
When talking about SPF, you should choose a broad spectrum and a minimum of SPF 30, says Dr. Nazaryan, to ensure proper protection. It’s also important that Dr. Nazarian is looking for sun care products that are cosmetically elegant, which means they have a pleasing texture, smell and feel, so you’ll want to apply them every day no matter what.
“People should pay for a product that they like to apply and that feels really good on their skin,” says Dr. Nazaryan. This one checks every box of Dr. Nazarian, plus it contains niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3 that can help soothe inflammation) and gives the skin a radiant look.
What does Dr. Nazaryan think about face masks? Anti-inflammatory, soothing and antioxidant. For a full radiant effect, this mask relies on pomegranate enzymes, which, according to Dr. Nazaryan, are “basically a super antioxidant and are used to condition the skin due to their concentration of fatty acids.”
It also contains salicin (in the form of white willow bark), “which studies have shown has anti-aging properties such as reducing wrinkles and pore size,” says Dr. Nazaryan.
Eye creams can be daunting tasks as long-term use is often required to achieve results. Regarding Dr. Nazaryan’s recommendation: “I am looking for ingredients that increase collagen, improve skin texture, improve pigmentation and brighten this area without causing irritation.”
Powered by aloe vera, this eye brightener soothes and soothes, while arnica oil reduces puffiness and amino acids help smooth skin. Need another reason to add to cart? This gel-based formula absorbs quickly and acts like a primer on the days you wear eye makeup (no wrinkles or drips). And just like that, you are an informed beauty enthusiast.
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