I was going through my grocery shopping when I thought I would check the personal care section to see if the body wash I use had come. As I was grabbing it to put into my basket, I came to look upon the face cream section. It had so many brands that it was unbelievable. There was a woman holding two different brand creams. By the look of it, I am pretty sure that she was finding it hard to decide between the two creams.
Did you ever face something similar, that at times you were so confused and frustrated that you ended up buying something that didn’t turn out to be good? Or worse, it made a bad situation worse?
If yes, read this article as I share what I believe is a common problem with skincare being sold today.
THE THREE PROBLEMS REGARDING SKINCARE
So there are three problems that are mainly responsible for all the confusion
1.Short term gain but taking upon problem for the long term:
This is one of the most common issues that I see today. There are brands who through their marketing PR create a blitz that gets people all convinced that it is the best cream which will get their skin problems solved. What these brands conveniently neglect sometimes the effect of certain ingredients can be harmful or that it could affect health in the long term. Even when they are caught, they are let go with a light slap on the wrist. Some of them are indeed so big that the fine is just a drop in the proverbial bucket.
2. Promoting quick fixes that gets up creating new sets of problems:
We all get vain at times and look for shortcuts. Our quest for skincare is no exception. One of the groundbreaking medical developments is the restoration surgery. It is a real boon to people who were unfortunately got trapped in car accidents or fire or got hurt in the line of duty. But the same technique is also being used for cosmetic surgery.
While some of these are really helpful to victims whose faces are scarred or burnt in accidents, quite a number of cosmetic procedures are little more than pandering to the vanity. Often these are a shortcut or quick fixes which, while useful in the short term, may lead to bigger problems in the long term. Often processes like Botox injections and other procedures happen to trigger a reaction from the body. or there are some issues where the procedure did not quite get the job done leading to issues like redness and numbness.
3.Piece-meal & unidimensional approach of skincare:
While it is all good to have specific solutions, many times these solutions are not used keeping in mind with the holistic needs of the body. In the guise of providing a solution to the problem, they might lead to mere suppressing the symptoms and not the underlying cause.
Also, there are many brands who tend to hype the benefit of the topical care without taking into account the benefits of a good lifestyle and healthy habits like exercise, meditation, hydrating etc. They also tend to underplay the importance of inner nutrition and eating a balanced meal.
This focus on just topical care leads to the re-emergence of the problems and with vengeance.
The piecemeal approach is not at all conducive when you realize that there are other factors that cannot be controlled by us. That is why I think factors like a good balanced diet and lifestyle habits swuc as doing exercise, hydrating etc is important to consider. As you do little things correctly, you end up doing big things in a better manner.