Having used different skincare products over the years has helped me know exactly what works for me and I think it is important for each person to do their own research before settling on any products for them. I have also often heard of some misconceptions, for example, that it is not safe to use products from different brands at the same time, or that homemade skincare remedies are better than manufactured products.
Of course I have to give a disclaimer that I am not a skincare expert, however, I worked in the skincare industry for several years and as a result, got to interact with many experts, spoke to many clients with different experiences and of course, my own personal experience. I would therefore like to share answers to your most frequently asked skincare questions. For any severe skin conditions or irritations, we definitely recommend a visit to a dermatologist before using any product.
We're also featuring some products I've been using recently which are so refreshing, plus, they are made with purifying tea tree oil from the foothills of Mt. Kenya! You could shop them from Bandari Beauty on Instagram. Alright, let's get to answering some essential and most frequently asked skincare questions.
- Is it advisable to use products from different brands together?
It is fine to use different products as long as they work for you. For example, a particular brand could be experts when it comes to cleansers and masks for clearing blemished skin while another could have the best day and night creams for skin nourishment.
- Are home remedies better than manufactured skincare products?
We all have different types of skin, which have different demands in terms of nutrients, for example, oily skin would need different treatment compared to dry skin and so on. Having said that, with homemade remedies, we are not sure what would work for different skin types, therefore it may work for some and not for others.
- Is it advisable to use perfumed skincare products?
As long as you are not allergic to the fragrance or any ingredients in it, perfume should not cause any harm to your skin.
Pictured: A refreshing foaming cleanser by Body Shop, suitable for blemshed skin. It has that minty feel which is perfect after a long day.
- When should one start using anti-ageing products?
The earliest signs of aging skin begin at 25, on average. A major cause of ageing is environmental factors such as harmful rays from the sun.
- Do men need skincare?
Men need skincare as much as women. We both have skin which needs care. For the longest time there has been the misconception that skincare is makeup, when it's not the case. Skincare is to shield and heal the skin from the harmful environmental factors we are exposed to daily. It's taking care of what you may not see.
- How frequently should one use a mask and scrub?
Averagely, scrubs and masks should be used weekly. A scrub is an exfoliater which takes care of areas the cleanser may have failed to reach after build-up during the week. A mask then comes in after, to soothe and close the pores. The basic daily routine should consist of cleansing, toning and moisturising.
Pictured: A refreshing clay mask by Body Shop infused with Tea Tree and that minty touch for a refreshing exfoliating routine.
- Is sunscreen for everyone?
Sunscreen absolutely is for everyone. We all need to take precaution against the harmful rays of the sun. Exposing your bare skin to scorching sun is one of the main causes of ageing and formation of wrinkles on the skin. Some daily moisturisers already have sunscreen in them so you can kill two birds with one stone. However, when going to extremely hot areas, it would be adviseable to get some extra sunscreen, for the whole body.
- How do I know my skin type?
Skin is classified as either dry, oily or normal/combination. Oily skin is shiny, dry skin is flaky and normal/combination skin is a mix of the two - an oily t-zone (nose and forehead) and the rest of the face being dry. It is important to know your skin type so that you could use the appropriate products. However, your skin type can change overtime as a result of ageing.
Pictured: A smooth facial scrub by Boots infused with Tea Tree and a minty touch for a refreshing exfoliating routine.
Article: Sharon Gicheru