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How Do I Choose the Best Health and Beauty Products?

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  • Written By: B. Miller
  • Edited By: Andrew Jones
  • Last Modified Date: 19 February 2019
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There is a huge selection of health and beauty products available, which can be overwhelming. To begin narrowing it down, identify the types of products you specifically need. For instance, if you have oily skin prone to acne, you might need cleansers and toners designed to dry up oil and fight blemishes. If you have dry, frizzy hair, you will want to look for moisturizing shampoo. Another consideration might be if you require hypoallergenic health and beauty products, if you have particularly sensitive skin, or are prone to allergies. For people concerned about the environment or about putting chemicals on the body, natural or organic beauty products are yet another option. Since many health and beauty products are now sold online, however, it is easier than ever to read reviews from other customers, which can help you make better choices as well.

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The best place to begin is to consider health and beauty products you've used in the past, and note which ones worked well and which ones did not. This can help to indicate which types of products, or even which specific ingredients, agree or disagree with your skin, hair, etc. If you know you have specific allergies, you will also know specific products to avoid. Certain skin conditions, such as eczema or rosacea, may also dictate the types of health and beauty products you choose. For example, you will want to choose products with calming ingredients that will not irritate the skin.

Your specific skin and hair types also indicate which products you should choose. Some people even choose different products for summer and winter, based on temperature and humidity changes in the air. For instance, dryer winter air might require more moisturizing products, whereas increased humidity in the summer might mean that you only need lighter products. Cosmetics are also now designed for different skin types, and some even include additional ingredients like sunscreen or acne fighting medications. People who have any type of problem skin should be sure to choose products designed to minimize or treat that problem.

Natural and organic cosmetics, as well as health and beauty products, are increasing in popularity. Some of these products are 100 percent organic, whereas others only contain a smaller percentage of organic ingredients, so be sure to read the labels. Keep in mind that natural is not synonymous with organic, either. It is possible that these products could still irritate the skin, so look for products labeled "hypoallergenic," or those designed for sensitive skin to minimize this risk.

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