Wednesday, March 25, 2009

How To Choose An Anti-aging Skin Care Product

How To Choose An Anti-aging Skin Care Product

If you are like me, you probably get bewildered by the wide variety of choices out there when it comes to choosing an anti aging skin care product. The market is flooded with products offering to turn back the clock for you. How does one go about looking for what really works? Let's find out.

You need to do a little research about the product you may be thinking of buying. Now don't let that scare you. Just open up Google and type in the name of the product, and you can find out the ingredients inside it. Since all these products are chemical substances, the law requires them to have a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). The MSDS will list out all the ingredients the anti aging skin care product contains.

Many of the anti aging skin care products list Collagen as an ingredient, apart from other substances. Collagen is a protein and is the main component of our skin. It makes our skin firm and gives it an elastic nature. So when you pull your skin a bit and release it, it gains its original shape. This is what makes our skin look smooth and beautiful.

As our bodies get older the amount of collagen in our skin tends to decrease, and it begins to sag in places. This is what the anti aging skin care products target by including Collagen as an ingredient.

The truth however, is, applying Collagen topically through a cream is not going to give you any benefit whatsoever. This is because the size of the Collagen molecules is too big to penetrate the skin and get absorbed. What you need is a product that stimulates the production of Collagen inside the body.

What Does Work

Antioxidants help fight against free radicals in the body and help in reducing the signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E is a powerful natural antioxidant.

Another important antioxidant found in natural products is Nanobelle coenzymeQ10, or CoQ10. CoQ10 is used in a wide variety of treatments and in many different forms. For skin care its naturally derived nano lipid form is the most useful. In this form, it can be absorbed by the skin easily.

Keratin, another protein found in our body, is also used in anti aging products to stimulate Collagen regeneration. You need to check the product to make sure it contains such useful, effective ingredients.

Now that you are armed with this information, you can make an informed decision on which anti aging skin care product to buy and regain your youthful, soft, supple skin.

By: Frank Langella
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A Skincare Routine Made Simple

A Skincare Routine Made Simple

Taking good care of your skin is an important part of being healthy, and looking and feeling your best. It doesn’t have to be complicated but it does need to have three components to keep your skin in the best condition possible as you age.

Three important components to healthy skincare:

The first part of keeping your skin healthy and in good condition is to cleanse properly. The cleansing does not need to be vigorous or damaging, but gentle and with the type of cleanser best suited to your skin type.

Cleansers come in different forms. They can be in the form of a bar, similar to bar soap for body cleansing, or in the form of gels or foams which when mixed with warm water expand and spread. The choice is personal preference for the most part, unless the brand you like doesn’t come in the form you prefer. Some brand names are just what you need in terms of cost, scent, and performance, but may come in the form of a bar and you prefer a gel. You decide what is important and what works for you. There is a wide variety of products on the market to choose from. The most important focus should be convenience and performance. It needs to be kept simple to make it easy to comply daily with any skincare routine.

Part two is choosing the moisturizer. Some experts may even go so far as to say moisturizers are more important than how you cleanse. As your skin ages, it normally lacks moisturizing oils that disappear during the aging process. Replenishing those natural oils, vitamins, and minerals needed for healthy skin helps the skin to revitalize and restore your skin tone to a natural glow.

Moisturizers come in forms for all skin types. Choose one to meet your needs. The moisturizers are suited for those who have oily skin, dry skin, and combination skin. You may need one type moisturizer for winter and a different one for summer, depending on how your skin acts during the hot and humid season. The type of moisturizer you choose may dictate how it is dispensed. Light weight moisturizers tend to come in a pump dispenser type bottle, while thick or creamy moisturizers come in a tub or jar.

Tip: Use a clean cotton ball each time you apply moisturizer from a jar to prevent contamination to your jar from germs on your fingers.

Part three is utilizing a sunscreen. Cleansing and moisturizing is important, but protecting your skin from damaging ultra violet rays keeps skin healthy, prevents skin cancers, and decreases the look of aging.

Whatever moisturizer you choose, remember that sunscreen during daytime hours is imperative. Watch for the sunscreen content in both moisturizers and in foundation make-up for daytime use. Sunscreen is an essential part of skin health and the process can be automatic if it is part of the regular product line you use for moisturizing. Again, there are many products available to choose from, but look for at least a product that contains SPF 15 or above. Many moisturizers and foundations contain an SPF of 30 or above for the best protection against ultraviolet rays.

Simple skincare is easy. Just do it every morning and night. Make it a habit and it will fall into your daily routine.

1. Cleanse
2. Moisturize
3. Sunscreen

Have fun choosing your products too. There are great new and natural products to choose from that will suit your preference in scent, cost, and performance. Your skin is your first line of defense and what others may first notice about you so do your part in keeping it healthy and glowing.

By: Arthor Pens
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