Do you use skin care products from the same line or brand or do you mix and match your skin care? This was a thought I had a few months ago which I was reminded of by reader Reeka a while ago in an email. I also received a similar query from Mei Ping in a comment earlier.
My answer to both Reeka and Mei Ping was: I mix and match so long as my skin stays fine.
The reason I do is because not every product in one brand or skincare line suits me all the time. I personally do not believe that one has to use all the products from the same line for it to be effective.
I save on cleansers
In my case, I do not believe in spending a lot on cleanser. A long time ago, I read an article in a magazine where it essentially said:-
Spend on the products you will leave on and save on the products you will wash off.
I found it made sense so I have kept to this. I save where possible, on cleansers (wash off) but splurge on moisturizers and serums (leave on). If I were to buy it all from the same line, I might find myself spending more on the cleanser than I would otherwise for a similar product from the drugstore or pharmacy that works as well.
Different skincare products serve different skin needs
Secondly, I also believe that different products serve different needs. I like toners that are moisturizing, not astringent. I find that such toners or lotions as they are usually called in Japanese skincare lines, help make my skin feel more moisturized. So, I use Japanese skincare for toners – Kanebo Banchir Clear Conditioner or Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion. I recently tried a sample of Dermalogica Multi-Active toner that you spray on the skin which was introduced by a friend and I rather liked that too as I did the Kiehl’s Acai Toning mist. Uhoh… 😛 Incidentally, as I’ve run out of the Hada Labo lotion I’ve been using my the Kiehl’s Toning Mist and I think I’ll have to revise my earlier opinion. This is pretty good stuff! I think its helping keep my skin balanced in tone and texture.
However, after much experimentation, I found that Japanese moisturizers don’t do it for me so I turn to European brands for creams. I use a variety ranging from Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream to the Lancome Primordiale Nuit cream because I know they just work better for me.
While I may like certain products in certain brands or lines, I do not believe that every product in a brand or line will work as well as the other. So, I like to take the best of every line – after all, I’m all for the best my skin can handle! 😉 That said, a caveat is in order.
Acne treatment or Whitening Skincare works best if you use the same brand
I do have one caveat – treatment skincare. For treatment skincare e.g. for acne treatment or for whitening products, I’ve learnt from experience that it is most beneficial to stick to one line or one brand to get optimum results. The reason may be to do with the ingredients that layer on for best results.
I’ve tried mixing and matching treatment skincare but it never really works out as well as when you use the same brand throughout. However, I now do mix and match different products e.g. Kiehl’s Ultimate White Scrub, Lancome Bio-Cellulose Mask and Clinique Derma White Brightening Essence because I’m not undergoing treatment but using products I like for the different results I achieve with them.
Your turn: Do you believe in using all the products from one line or do you mix and match your skincare like I do?