You are never too young or too old to start taking care of your skin. In fact, skin care and protection should be an essential part of your health, wellness and beauty regimen. If you take good care of your skin, your skin will take care of you too! But with all the lotions, creams, and potions on the market, it can be difficult to know which product will work best for your skin. Many products claim to remove wrinkles or heal dry skin, while others claim to contain expensive ingredients that the product says will help improve its effects. Here’s a guide to the essential skincare products on the market and how to determine which product will work best for you.
A Look at the Products
There are several types of skin care products that can benefit your daily skin care. These include cleansers, sunscreens, moisturizers, eye creams, toners, exfoliants, retinoids, herbs, and skincare supplements.
Toners: Skin toners offer the skin extra cleansing properties that help remove oils, dirt and make-up. But if your skin is dry, avoid using toner or use it less often. These skin care products often contain alcohol or acetone and can aggravate dry or sensitive skin.
Suntan cream: Sunscreen is an indispensable product for the care and protection of our skin. While it’s true that some sunlight exposure is necessary for the body to synthesize vitamin D, you really only need 10-15 minutes each day to achieve this. Excessive sun exposure can cause changes in skin cells that lead to damage that can develop brown spots, skin cancer, dry skin and premature wrinkles. It doesn’t matter if your skin is light or dark, too much sun exposure can damage both skin tones. Prevent sun damage and reduce your risk of developing skin problems by applying plenty of sunscreen with at least one SPF 15 cream or lotion a day. Many moisturizers come with sunscreen already included.
Retinoids: Topical Vitamin A-based products called retinoids have made significant advances in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They help to temporarily “plump” the wrinkle areas and reduce their visibility.
Cleaners: Cleansers help remove dirt, debris, pollutants and perspiration that accumulates on your skin throughout the day. These cleaners can be in liquid, foam or stick form.
Eye Creams: An eye cream can help improve the condition of the delicate skin around the eyes. It helps hydrate and protect the eye area and can even help minimize dark circles or temporarily tighten fine lines.
exfoliation: The use of moisturizers and cleansers helps to improve the appearance of the skin by removing dead skin cells from the surfaces. They can also help improve the appearance of the skin and even discoloration from overexposure to the sun. As we age, the skin builds up dead skin cells that make us look older, have rough skin, and form wrinkles or fine lines. Your skin looks healthy and youthful by exfoliating daily, feeling clean and fresh.
Supplements: Coenzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring cellular antioxidant that shows potential in the prevention and treatment of a variety of diseases, including heart disease, Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer. In addition, many moisturizing products benefit from its wrinkle-reducing feature.
medicinal plants: Green tea and other herbal antioxidants can be applied topically or taken orally to fight free radical damage and improve overall appearance.
Moisturizer: Moisturizers soothe dry skin and make wrinkles less noticeable. They come in cream, lotion, and oil form. Oil-based moisturizers are good for extremely dry skin, whereas a cream or lotion is a better choice for the face because they make the face feel less heavy and oily. For best results, use a moisturizer right after your bath to lock in moisture into your skin.
Identifying the Contents Label
You may be wondering why skincare products come with such a confusing labeling system. The Food and Drug Administration receives many requests each year to decode cosmetic and personal care product labels. But while the FDA empathizes with consumers, there’s really no way to change the labeling and keep the information accurate. Components need to be listed by their chemical names because that’s essentially what they are. Even if a product is marketed under a trade name, the labeled name will provide little clue to identify its ingredients. But despite the technical language of the personal care product label, it is possible to gather some useful information. Ingredient labeling should be listed in order by how much is included in the formula. As a consumer, you can compare similar products by seeing where a particular ingredient is on the list. For example, if you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid products that contain alcohol in the first ingredient and one of the last ingredients.
Nourishing our skin on a daily basis is just as important as taking care of our health. So the next time you buy skincare products, be sure to look at ingredient labels and consider the types of skincare regimens that can help you look your best.