The skincare industry was worth $98 billion in 2020 and market analysts predict it will be worth $200 billion by 2026, according to Fortune Business Insights. Consumers that are increasingly becoming more health-conscious are a major driver of the industry’s growth. Many companies assert their products are effective because of the science behind their creams, lotions, and serums. But, are they really what they claim to be? Here are some indications that a skincare line is indeed backed by science.
Check The Ingredients
More ingredients in a skincare product do not mean it is better or more effective. UCI Health Plastic Surgeon and Assistant Professor at the UCI School of Medicine, Dr. Amber Leis states retinol, exfoliators, Vitamin C in a proper formulation, and sunscreen are ingredients that scientific data has proven to be beneficial. Depending on what your skin needs, make sure that these ingredients are in the product. For instance, tretinoin is retinol that encourages the growth of new skin cells. If you are looking to get rid of older and damaged skin cells, tretinoin should be present in your night cream.
Be Careful With Multi-Step Regimens
There are companies that offer expensive 16-step skin routines. Aside from the costs, some products may not really do anything for your skin. Dermatologist Dr. Shilpi Khetarpal recommends only six products containing the ingredients mentioned above for healthy and beautiful skin. Use a cleanser, an antioxidant cream, and sunscreen in the morning. Before you go to bed, apply makeup remover, cleanser, and night cream.
Consult With A Dermatologist
If you have been using over-the-counter products to clear acne, improve dry skin, or treat skin irritations and they are not working, it may be time to consult a board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Melanie Palm, a dermatologist, says it takes three to four months to see the full results of a product. If you have been using it for longer than that and you do not see any improvement in your skin, it may be time to see a doctor. A dermatologist will determine why a product is not working or if there is an underlying cause for the condition.
Skincare products help you achieve healthy and beautiful skin, but there are other habits you should practice to achieve glowing skin. Avoid smoking because it can quicken skin aging and exacerbate some skin diseases. Manage stress because it can cause skin problems or flare-ups of an existing condition. Mayo Clinic states that a diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins helps you to look and feel great. Do not forget to drink lots of water as it keeps the skin hydrated. Finally, seven to eight hours of sleep is crucial because it allows your body to repair and recharge. It also helps you avoid skin inflammation, dark circles, and wrinkles.
Getting and maintaining beautiful skin is easy, especially if you choose products that are supported by science and exercise healthy habits. These signs will help you pick the right ones and help you avoid false promises.