- Facial Skin Type
- Dehydrated-combo with slight sensitivity. It also gets drier during the fall/winter months.
- Skin Tone
- Skincare Concerns
- dark spots (sun damage), anti-aging, and hydration
- Hair Type
- fine, thin, wavy (aka. the worst combination ever)
While I always offer my 100% honest review on every product, please understand that everyone is different and thus may get different results when using the same product. What may be my holy grail product may be your worst nightmare, and this could be due to different skin/hair type or an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients.
There are so many factors that can contribute to the different results, and the best way to minimize any elements of surprise is to understand how you work. Understanding your skin type, your skincare needs, your skin tone, your hair type, your hair needs, etc. can all help you figure out if the product will likely be a hit or miss.
Next, understand the reviewer and how she/he compares to you, ie. do you have the same skin type? If yes, chances are the products recommended will be a good fit. Do you have similar skin tones? That can help you determine if a foundation will be a good match.
With this said, read lots of reviews, and if you can, ask for product samples or purchase sample sizes before committing to a full-sized product. Sephora offers samples of its products as long as you ask a sales associate, and they have an excellent return policy as well (for those impulse buyers like me).
Lastly, it takes up to 30 days for new skin cells to reach the surface of your skin, so give your product at least that long before you deem it unworthy. The only exception is if you’re allergic to something, at which point you should stop using it immediately, and try to figure out the problem ingredient if you can. Knowing which ingredients play well (or don’t play well) with your skin can help determine which products will work best for you.