Over the last 20-30 years, the internet has vastly changed the way we live our lives. Skincare has been affected too, with the average person having access to online methods of self-diagnosing their skin conditions or skin types without the help of a skin care professional.
Think about all the “What’s My Skin Type” quizzes you’ve seen while browsing the web, or skin health apps that are now available on your smartphone.
For better or for worse, the internet is here to stay, but proper advice when it comes to your skin care is best left to “old school” techniques – seeing a professional in person.
Why Self-Diagnosing Does More Harm Than Good
People can mis-diagnose themselves when it comes to skincare, subsequently resulting in purchasing the wrong types of skincare products.
You can see how this can be frustrating as using the wrong products may actually end up compromising your skin’s health including, but not limited to clogging pores, irritation, and dryness.
Instead, when you receive advice from skin care professionals who can assess your skin in person, your prescribed skin regimen will better match what you need and may result in more favorable outcomes. Additionally, as your skin improves, follow-up visits with medical professionals will allow them to make adjustments as needed, something that you can’t do by purchasing your own products online or through unauthorized retailers.
Don’t Fall Prey To Online Sellers’ Tactics
When you buy skin care products online from un-authorized retailers, or from brands you don’t know, you run the risk of falling prey to unscrupulous marketing tactics.
How many times have you purchased an item because the packaging looked “cute” or “pretty?” We’ve all done it, but when it comes to your skin care, you should be looking past the aesthetics and rather considering what you’re putting on your skin.
Another common problem that results from buying skincare products online is falling victim to lower prices. While attractive at the time, this can result in many problems since the lower cost is often as a result of counterfeit or even expired products.