With over 25,000 skincare brands worldwide, choosing your skin care products can become a hit or miss affair. There are many blogs, YouTube channels, and websites that will tell you what products you should use. These websites usually recommend a product based on positive reviews or the product’s effectiveness. But, apart from the effectiveness of a product, there are other things to take into consideration before buying new products.
This list explains 6 factors you need to consider before purchasing any skin care products.

1. Your skin type

When you are trying to choose a skin care product, first consider what your skin type is. Dry, oily and mixed skin requires the use of different products. this should be the first thing you consider when purchasing skin care products.

Apart from knowing the texture of your skin, assess how sensitive your skin is to fragrance, essential oils or dyes. By doing this, you will avoid purchasing products that may irritate your skin or aggravate existing skin conditions.

Identifying your skin type will also help you know what sort of products your skin needs. Dry skin may require the use of body butters because a body butter is heavy and moisturizing. However, if an individual with oily skin uses a body butter, they might break out.

2. The ingredients in the products

This is an especially important factor to consider when buying your skin care products. Most skin care brands list their ingredients according to their level of concentration in the product.

Read the list of ingredients to see if the ingredient you want in the product is one of the first in the ingredient list. Also, if filler ingredients or something that irritates you is added in the largest quantity, this will help you to avoid purchasing the skin care product.

3. Your budget

It is necessary to consider your budget before purchasing a beauty product. Skincare is a continuous process and sometimes, it can take repeated use of a product to achieve your desired results. Hence, you should choose a skincare product within your price range. You should be able to purchase this product repeatedly if it is necessary.

One reason people purchase high-end skincare is that they believe it works better than cheaper skin care products; This is not always the case.

If you do some research, you will find low-end skincare products that work just as well as high-end products.

4. The availability of the product

Once I find a product that works for me, I like to continue purchasing and using it. It is for this reason that I recommend that you choose skin care products that are easily available to you.

I realize that ‘easily available’ is subjective but if you have to swim across 2 lakes and climb a mountain to get 1 bar of soap, it is not ‘easily available’.

Before you choose a beauty product, make sure that you can find it in stores or online.

5. Product recommendations

Most people check the internet for reviews before purchasing a product, you should do the same thing before buying skin care products. I avoid reviews from famous individuals and popular influencers because they may be biased.

Check amazon reviews and read both the positive and negative reviews. This will help you decide if a product will suit your needs.

After trying out the product you purchase, leave a review to help out other people who wish to buy skincare products.

6. The quality of your skin

Many people do not consider this factor before purchasing skin care products, the quality of your skin simply refers to ‘the state of your skin’. Is your skin healthy or unhealthy? Do you have thin skin? Is your skin glowy or dull?

The quality of your skin determines what products you can use without any damage occurring. By considering this factor, individuals with thin skin will stay away from skin thinning products like steroid creams and chemical peels. Instead, people with thin skin will know that they need to use products with vitamins C, A, E and beta-carotene which help to build skin cells and thicken the skin.

If you have any factors that you believe we should consider before buying skin care, we would like to hear from you.


Mofe Awala-Ale

Mofe is a writer and self-taught baker with a growing interest in beauty and health. When she is not working, she enjoys trying new beauty hacks and health trends.