Beautiful and healthy skin is a big confidence booster. Some people are naturally beautiful and hence don’t use any skincare cosmetics. Then there are others, who don’t use skincare cosmetics due to their laziness. Still, some feel that skincare cosmetic can harm their skin, and hence abandon the use of any kind of skincare cosmetics. However, there are a large number of people who do use skincare cosmetics (that’s why the business of skincare cosmetics is prospering).

So, is skincare cosmetics useful, or is it harmful? Well, the opinions seem divided. However, one thing is for sure looking beautiful is surely nice and very desirable. Also, too much skincare cosmetics can surely be harmful (as such, excess of anything is harmful). So, what does one do?

The first thing is to formulate (and follow) a skincare routine that will help keep your skin healthy and disease-free. The general recommendation is to cleanse and moisturize every day, and tone and exfoliate occasionally (as and when needed).

The next thing is the skincare cosmetics that you would be using additionally (as beauty enhancers). These skincare cosmetics could either be part of your skincare routine or be applied only on special occasions (e.g. when attending a party etc).

The most important thing with skincare cosmetic is its selection. Here is a set of rules that you should use when selecting any skincare cosmetic:

* The general rule is to use products that suit your skin type. This is true both for routine products and for the skincare cosmetic. So check the label to see what it says e.g. for dry skin only or for all skin types etc.

* Test the skincare cosmetic before using it. This can be done by applying the skincare cosmetic on a small patch of skin e.g. ear lobes and checking the reaction of your skin to the product

* Check the ingredients of the skincare cosmetic for chemicals that you are allergic to. Do not use products that are very harsh on skin e.g. products with high alcohol concentrations; such cosmetics might work for once but cause long-lasting damage to your skin.

* More isn’t better. Ensure that you apply the products in the right quantity (neither less nor more). Also, be gentle with your skin and follow the right procedures for the application of skincare products. Rubbing too hard or trying to squeeze a pimple can lead to permanent damage to your skin.

* Finally, if you have a skin disorder e.g. acne etc, you should consult your dermatologist before using any skincare cosmetics.

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