You are never too young or too old to start taking care of your skin. In fact, skin care and protection should be an important part of your health, fitness and beauty regime. If you take care of your skin, your skin will take care of you! But with all lotions, creams and potions on the market, it can be difficult to know which product will work for your skin. Many products claim that you remove wrinkles or heal dry skin and others claim that they contain expensive ingredients that say they help improve the effects of the product. Heres a guide to the basic skin care products on the market and how to identify which product works best for you.
A look at the products
There are several types of skin care products that may be useful for your daily skin care. These include detergents, sunscreen, moisturizers, eye cream, toner, exfoliants, retinoids, herbs and skin care supplements.
Toner: Skin tones offer extra skin cleansing properties that help remove oils, dirt and make-up. However, if your skin has become dry, do not use toner or use less often. These skin care products often contain alcohol or acetone and may aggravate dry or sensitive skin.
Sunscreen: Sunscreen is an important product for the care and protection of our skin. Although it is true that any exposure to sunshine is necessary for the body to synthesize vitamin D, you really only need 10-15 minutes each day to achieve this. Excess sun exposure can cause skin cell changes that cause damage that may develop brown spots, skin cancer, dry skin and premature wrinkles. It does not matter if your skin is fair or dark, both skin color can be damaged if exposed to much of the sun. Prevent sun damage and reduce the risk of developing skin problems by applying a liberal amount of sunscreen with at least one SPF 15 cream or lotion daily. Many moisturizers come with sunscreens that are already included.
Retinoids: Current vitamin A-based products called Retinoids have made significant progress in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They help to temporarily plump up wrinkles and reduce visibility.
Detergents: Detergents help to remove dirt, debris, contamination and sweat that accumulate on the skin throughout the day. These cleansers may come in liquid, foam or bar shape.
Eye cream: An eye cream can help improve the delicate skin around the eyes. It helps to hydrate and protect the eye area, and it can even help minimize dark circles or temporarily tighten tight lines.
Exfoliation: Use of moisturizer and detergent helps to improve the appearance of the skin by killing dead skin cells on the surfaces. These can also help to smooth the skins appearance and even discoloration from over exposure to the sun. As we age, the skin builds up dead skin cells, which makes us look older, have rough skin and wrinkles or fine lines appear. Your skin seems healthy and youthful by exfoliating daily as well as feeling clean and fresh.
Nutritional Supplements: Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring cellular antioxidant that has shown potential in the prevention and treatment of multiple diseases, such as heart disease, Parkinsons disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer. It is also used in many moisturizing products for wrinkle reducing properties.
Herbals: Green tea and other herbal antioxidants can be applied locally or taken orally to combat free radical damage and improve its overall appearance.
Moisture Sensor: Moisture Sensor can calm dry skin and make wrinkles less noticeable. They come in cream, lotion and oil form. Oil-based moisturizers are good for heavily dry skin while a cream or lotion is a better choice for the face, as it will leave the faces feel less heavy and fat. For good results, use a moisturizer immediately after bathing to seal moisture in the skin.
Identify the ingredient label
You may wonder why skin care products come with such a confusing labeling system. The Food and Drug Administration receives many requests every year to decipher the language of cosmetic and personal products. But while FDA empathizes with consumers, theres really no way to change the label and keep the information correct. The ingredients must be listed by the chemical names because it is essentially what they are. Although a product may be marketed with its trade name, the brand name will give a little clue to identify its ingredients. However, despite the technical language of the personal product label, it is possible to collect some useful information. Ingredient labeling must be listed in sequence based on how much is included in the formula. As a consumer, you can compare similar products by seeing where a particular ingredient falls on the list. For example, if you have sensitive skin, you can avoid products containing alcohol as the first ingredient verse with alcohol listed as one of the last ingredients.