When you choose products for your skin, what is your first concern? Is it price? Is it that it is made by a reputable brand, or has a certain scent? No, your first concern is that it works! A bargain price or a designer label means nothing if the product does not heal your skin or smooth out your wrinkles. So how can you choose skincare products that are truly effective?
Did you know that for all the hype and advertising there is out there, the truth is that most products rely on only a few active ingredients? Furthermore, those ingredients often make up only a small percentage of the cream or lotion. The most effective skincare products are the ones that contain many proven ingredients.
Research is an important element in the development of the best quality skincare products. When deciding on an anti-aging cream, lotion, or mask, you want one that has ingredients that have been proven in the laboratory to provide the most effective skincare.
The first step in the laboratory, however, is to determine just what causes skin to age. The main causes of wrinkling and other signs of aging skin are diminished levels of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid in the skin, along with an increasing presence of free radicals. The most effective skincare formulas will target all of these culprits at the same time, instead of just one or two.
Several ingredients found in anti-aging creams have been studied in the lab, and have been found to be effective in each of these needs. For instance, antioxidants are included because they reduce the effect of free radicals, those highly active chemicals in our environment which destroy cells.
One of the most effective antioxidants found in any skincare products is CoEnzyme Q-10. CoQ10 is a naturally occurring substance in skin. Over the years it is destroyed by sunlight, stress, and other environmental forces. It is an obvious choice as an ingredient in products for aging skin, but unfortunately, most forms of CoQ10 do not penetrate the skin well enough to do much good.
For best results, look for products that contain a “nano-emulsion” form of CoQ10. This form penetrates deeply into the skin because the particles are broken down until they are microscopic in size.
Many skincare products include collagen. It is well known that collagen levels drop as we age, so it makes sense to put collagen in skin creams. The problem is that collagen molecules cannot be absorbed into the skin. The most effective skincare creams and lotions will use keratin to support our body’s ability to make it’s own collagen.
Another thing you may not know about the vast majority of skincare products is that they contain inactive ingredients that are of questionable safety. Some common ingredients that should be avoided in skincare products include mineral oil, fragrances (they are made using various chemicals), and parabens. While parabens have been used for many years as preservatives in lotions, the government has re-opened it’s review of their safety.
Skincare products do not need any of these to be effective. As a matter of fact, the most effective skincare creams and lotions do not contain any questionable chemicals.
It is important to realize that when you spread a cream or lotion on your skin, those ingredients will get into your bloodstream just as surely as if you ate that lotion! Does the product you are considering contain only ingredients that would be non-toxic enough that you could eat them?
In summary, when shopping for skincare products, look for a company that has high standards for using only safe ingredients. The most effective skincare creams are those that contain high amounts of clean, non-toxic active ingredients which have been proven in the laboratory to really work.