This post is sponsored by Dove, but the opinions and experiences are my own. #DovePartner
I’ve been trying to be more intentional and mindful in my life as a whole but especially in my shopping. Being mindful means you pay attention to what you are buying, the quality of the product, and your real need for it. Basically, it means not just buying “stuff” to buy stuff and to be more careful in selecting the things you buy. It not only helps you to select better products, but it saves money in the long run as well (or at least it has in my case). I’ve done much better about this in selecting the clothes that I buy for myself — no more buying something just because it is “on sale” for example, but I realized in the last month or so that I hadn’t put mindful shopping into practice as much in my skincare and beauty buys. I’ve talked about how a decline in my health led me to reevaluate things I was putting into and onto my body, and that has sparked a more intentional way of shopping for my skincare. I’ve posted about that a bit this month, but I wanted to expand on it a bit, because effective cleansing doesn’t always mean buying really expensive skincare products. At the end of the day, what matters is what is in the product and the results it gives us. That’s why I’ve partnered with Dove on this post to share tips for more mindful shopping when it comes to skincare.
Tips for Mindful Skincare Shopping:
Think about where you do your shopping and prepare appropriately.
Do you tend to do more of your skincare shopping in person at a store or online? If you do it in a store, make sure you go with a list, so you stick to what you need and don’t impulse buy what you don’t. I tend to shop online, because I can do it alone during my quiet time, don’t feel the pressure of impatient kids or product placement or winging it if I forget my list. I also love reading reviews of products online and having time to research results and ingredients. But sometimes in-store shopping is a better fit for how quickly we need the product or what type of product we need. If that’s the case, just try to arm yourself with a list and know going in what you want to buy and stick to it.
Buy Products That Actually Serve Your Needs
You may be tempted to buy the latest ‘it product’ in skincare or beauty, but it might not actually be designed to serve your specific needs. For example, if you tend to have super dry skin, then you probably don’t want to jump in using the skincare products containing charcoal that are all the rage right now, because they will dry you out. Pay attention to your own skincare needs. Make a list of your biggest skin issues. Is your skin dry, oily, prone to breakouts, aging? Understanding your needs will help you select products that actually work for you. And if you aren’t sure what your skin needs are, then select a product that works for all skin types until you can sort out any specific needs your skin might have.
If you aren’t sure where to start or what your specific skincare needs are, or if you know but don’t have a product in mind or want to try something without a huge investment, the Dove Beauty Bar is a great place to start. Dove is the #1 dermatologist recommended bar, because it effectively cleanses and nourishes skin without stripping skin of its moisture and nutrients. If you’ve used ordinary soaps before you may remember that “squeaky clean” feeling that it leaves you with. A recent Dove survey found that 86% of dermatologists report that the “squeaky clean” feeling means your skin might be stripped of the moisture and nutrients it needs.
Dove doesn’t do that! Dove Beauty Bar’s signature ¼ moisturizing cream with skin natural lipids helps replenish nutrients lost during the cleansing process. Unlike basic soap bars, Dove Beauty Bar gently but effectively cleanses, leaving soft, smooth skin.
After trying other cleansing products and not liking the results, I ended up going back to the Dove Bar, which is funny because it is what my mom always used and what I used growing up as well. I keep one in the shower and one in a dish on my bathroom sink. I even converted my husband away from his harsh bar soap, and this is what he uses for cleansing as well. And since it is as affordable as it is effective, it’s a win-win. Sometimes going back to your old stand-by product is the right move, because it is trusted and it works.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dove Beauty Bar.