The five don’ts of buying beauty products

Need to buy makeup or beauty products? Here are five common mistakes to avoid.

We all want to look and feel our best. And, whether we’re off for a busy day at the office, running around after the kids, or going out for a date night, it’s important to pick the right beauty products for your skin – and your lifestyle.

With so much advice available on the different types of products and brands, it’s hard to know what types of products to steer well clear of. To help you, here are five don’ts when it comes to purchasing beauty products.

1) Don’t purchase the wrong product for your skin

A huge mistake that many consumers make when buying skin care products is not doing their research.

Before you splash the cash, you need to work out what type of skin you have. Most skin care products like moisturizers and foundations tend to target the five key skin types, which are:

  • Oily
  • Dry
  • Sensitive
  • Normal
  • Combination

Once you’ve identified what skin type you fall into, you will be able to buy beauty products that keep your skin glowing (for all the right reasons).

2) Don’t believe miracle claims

Many of us buy into the idea of beauty products getting rid of wrinkles around the eyes or eliminating stretch marks. But if you find a product that sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Instead of splurging out on products that are unlikely to live up to their big promises, it’s wiser to make an appointment with a dermatologist who can advise you on the type of products that will benefit your skin, as well as treat any serious skin problems that you may have.

3) Don’t rely on cheap products

We all love a bargain and, if you’re reluctant to splash out on an expensive product, you may think you’re saving by buying several cheap ones. However, this can be a huge waste of money in the long run.

When we buy cheap makeup and beauty products, we tend to go overboard and end up with 20 items that we never end up opening. Instead, it’s better to invest in one high-end product that you really need and will use. 

4) Don’t assume that higher prices equals better quality

That said, often the ingredients in designer makeup brands are identical to similar products that you would find at your local drugstore.

It’s only natural that you want to get value for money on your beauty products, so shop during sales at makeup warehouse stores where you’re able to save on prestige brands.

If you’re on a tight budget, there is a revolving list of free beauty products that you can check out on the Just Freebies website.

5) Don’t use face masks

While you may think of face masks as a product that will exude feel-good beauty, they’re unnecessary in the long run. Instead of applying a face mask, regular exfoliating will alleviate any issues you have when trying to treat your skin.

If you like to shell out on face masks as a way to relax and unwind after a busy day, try swapping them for something more useful, such as a good moisturizer. This will help your skin more in the long run.

Photo by Jez Timms