How to Select Skincare and Hair Care Products

August 02, 2019

How to Select Skincare and Hair Care Products

Shopping for skincare and hair care products has never been more convenient...or more stressful. This paradox is due to the thousands of available products spread over thousands of available sources. So how can you avoid paralysis by analysis and make a well informed decision?

When it comes to skin and hair products, there are a few high level tips which remain true for everyone. Today, we will review those tips and give a few examples of some quality products for you to try!

How to Select Skincare and Haircare Products

Understanding Your Body Before Making a Choice

No two individuals are exactly alike. Even identical twins differ slightly due to environmental factors. When it comes to choosing the ideal skin and hair products, the first step should always be to take a look in the mirror and understand your unique needs.

For skin, we tend to fall into three categories:

  1. Oily Skin
  2. Dry Skin
  3. Average Skin

Of course, this doesn’t tell the whole story. Some individuals may have common skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and so forth. 

For hair, there are an even greater number of possibilities:

  • Curly hair
  • Wavy hair
  • Coily hair
  • Straight hair
  • Full bodied hair
  • Thin hair
  • And everything in between

Certain skin and hair care products will be most effective for certain individuals. However, it is also important to note that many products are suitable for all genders, ages, and body types. Whatever the case may be, understanding what you need is the best way to find a suitable beauty product!

Simple is Best when it Comes to Skin and Hair Products

Recent beauty crazes like the Korean 10-step skin care routine put the emphasis on more, more, more. This sounds great for those of us who have an endless supply of time and money! For the rest of us, 10 steps (and 10 products) is probably a bit much.

What is true for your regimen is also true of skin and hair care products. Beauty product labels are often an incoherent mess of synthetic chemicals, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, and other unnecessary ingredients. 

Before we hit the panic button, just remember that there are always alternatives. What is left out of your skin and hair care products is perhaps just as important as what is put in. Look for products which include:

  • No parabens
  • No sulfates (SLS)
  • No synthetic fragrances or dyes
  • No GMOs

How to Select Skincare and Haircare Products

Choosing Beauty Products with Potent, Natural Ingredients

So you are on board with skipping on synthetics, but what should you be looking for in terms of ingredients? Let’s break down some high level tips to keep in mind when shopping for soaps, cleansers, moisturizers, and hair care products.

Skin care ingredients should include a mixture of natural oils and water-based ingredients based on the product. A high quality soap might include essential and carrier oils such as lavender essential oil, coconut oil, and RSPO sustainable palm oil. 

Face serums might include a mixture of healthy oils and water-based ingredients such as aloe vera, root extracts, and other natural ingredients. There are also water-based products which are even lighter. 

Hair care ingredients should seek to boost your hair’s natural ability to care for itself. Again, healthy oils like coconut oil and argan oil, alongside other natural ingredients such as sea salt and kaolin clay, are great choices.

At the end of the day, there are tons of great choices when it comes to skin and hair care ingredients. What matters most is that you trust the source, understand what you are putting on your skin and hair, and find what works best for you!

Skin and Hair Care Products FAQs

Are natural products better than typical, commercially available soaps, shampoos, etc?

While we would love to say yes, there is no single answer to this question. “Natural” products can really be anything without synthetic chemicals. Taking a shower with water only is natural, but we wouldn’t recommend it! Most individuals find that natural products with high quality ingredients work best for skin and hair.

How to Select Skincare and Haircare Products

How can I choose eco-friendly beauty products?

There are three primary ways to look out for the environment while shopping for beauty products:

  • Choose products with eco-friendly packaging. For example, switching from bottled shampoo to shampoo bars saves plastic and improves product efficiency.
  • Choose products with eco-friendly ingredients. Consider the source of the ingredients such as palm oil.
  • Buy from an organization who shares your values. Many companies do not care about their green footprint. Choose a company who makes an effort to be environmentally friendly!

How can I know I am making the right choice?

You can’t! That is half the fun. It is nearly impossible to know for sure what skin and hair care products are going to work for you. By following the simple pieces of advice listed above, you will be giving yourself a great chance.

The Yellow Bird Offers Natural, Organic Beauty Products

At The Yellow Bird, we proudly offer natural, organic skin and hair care products for customers of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Our artisan soaps and shampoo bars are always free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, and GMOs. We do things the hard way -- making each product with cold process methodology in small, handmade batches!

To learn more, please read our story or take a quick skincare quiz to find your perfect beauty product match!




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