Knowing your skin type is the first step to finding the right skincare products that can target your skin concerns. The main categories of skin types are oily, dry, combination, and sensitive skin but is that enough to decide which skincare products are right for you?
What these typical categories don’t take into account are your skin concerns, weather, sun exposure and even the products that you’re already using.
Can Skincare Products Alter Your Skin Type?
One of the biggest reasons why your skin isn’t as healthy as you’d want it to be is using the wrong skincare products. These products might be the reason your skin is dry or oily.
Some products can be too harsh or have ingredients that don’t suit your skin type which can trigger problems like sensitivity or dehydration.
For example, if you’re using a facial cleanser with high pH, it’s going to make your skin dry and stretchy and you might confuse it with a dry skin type.
If you’re over-exfoliating your skin you might damage the skin’s acid mantle and have a sensitized skin that you can confuse with having a sensitive skin type.
What if a certain ingredient in your skincare products is the reason you’ve been breaking out? That’s why nothing, not even the best products that your famous celebrities swear by, seems to work! It’s true that problematic skincare products can alter your actual skin type.
I know it can get confusing! To give you a brief idea these are some of the most common ingredients/ products that all skin types should avoid:
- Physical exfoliators with harsh beads
- Fragrance and Essential Oils
- High pH cleansers
- Denatured Alcohol
But skincare is a lot more complex and it’s NOT universal. You must have heard this, “What works for me might not work for you” and this is especially true with skincare. Every skin is unique and needs to be addressed in a different way.
That’s where Skindex can be truly helpful!
What is Skindex?
Skindex is a personalized search and discovery platform that learns what works for your skin so you can find the right products.
How Does it Work?
Some ingredients just don’t work for a few skin types! I’ve experienced this several times when a skincare product would break me out and I wasn’t able to detect which one out of the millions of ingredients inside it caused the reaction.
This tool helps you find out what ingredients are good or bad for your skin based on your product history and saves all that information for you so that you can check whether a product would work for your skin before you buy it!
When you first go to the site, you can search from over 30K skincare products. I tried “The Ordinary Salicylic Acid Solution” and there I could see all the ingredients and its comedogenicity, the skincare category it belongs to and its properties.
Want to Learn More About Ingredients?
You can click on any of them to know about how they work, user skin reactions with the particular ingredients according to their skin type.
One interesting feature that all the products have is the ‘Data Analysis’ which mentions:
- active ingredients and what they do.
- people it did and didn’t work well for with their skincare types
- some similar product suggestions
If you have used the product, you can give it a thumbs up or down depending on how it worked for you.
Looking for a fragrance-free moisturiser? Want your products to be fungal acne safe? You can filter out the tag and get customised recommendations. Don’t want a particular ingredient in your products? Filter that out! Looking for a peptide serum? Include it in the filter!
Can It Tell If the Product Will Work for Me?
Yes! But for that, you have to signup with your email-ID. Once you sign up, you can add your basic information and then provide details about your skin type, the concerns you want to target, ingredients that you’re sensitive to, etc.
Then you can add the products that your skin already loves or the ones that have caused problems in the past. The more information the better as this would help the system learn your skin better!
Find Your Skincare Buddy
When you log in, all your data is in the “My Profile’ section. You can go to other users’ profile especially the one with a similar skin type or concern as yours to see what’s working for them. You can always add more information as you use the website!
These were some of the features of Skindex that I genuinely enjoyed but you should explore the site to discover more. Skincare can be really tricky and knowing the products that are right for you need a lot of hit and trials. If that’s something you’re interested in, platforms like Skindex help make it a lot easier.