Achieving a Healthy and Youthful Appearance with the Right Skin Care Products

December 26, 2011By 0 Comments

Most everyone wants beautiful and healthy skin but believe the only way to achieve this goal is to spend a lot of money or go through long daily regimens. While there are times when more extensive treatments would be needed, often, the correct skin treatment products can make it possible for skin to be transformed. Of course, it all comes down to the right products being used, which is what we will focus on here.

Photo of a lady trying different types of skin cream

One of the greatest challenges is that the skin care industry is worth billions of dollars and because of this, literally hundreds of different brands and products line store shelves, not to mention those sold online. This makes it quite difficult to choose the one product that is going to produce the results wanted. Unfortunately, without being armed with the right information, the wrong product can be used and the desired results are often elusive. As shown with the information provided, there are steps a person can take to choose the most effective and safest skin creams and lotions available, making it possible to achieve healthy and youthful appearing skin. Keep in mind that proper skin care is not only for women but something that would also benefit men so tips provided in this article may be useful for everyone.

Identifying Skin Type

Before a person even starts shopping around for skin care products it is essential to determine their specific skin type. Understanding the different types of skin and the unique care options available  is very important. That way, the right formula can be chosen based on skin type but also any specific skin problems. Below we provide information about different types of skin but an important note is that during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause a person might experience fluctuating skin types because of hormonal changes.

Normal Skin – This type of skin is soft, supple, and has little, if any, appearance of pores. Although someone with normal skin might have occasional acne, this is generally rare. In most cases, a person with this type of skin has few problems so a good, all-around skin cream would suffice. However, it would be essential to choose a high quality product to ensure skin problems do not develop.

Dry Skin – Just as the name implies, skin of this type is dry, has a rough texture, and is badly dehydrated. Someone with dry skin on face areas is more likely to have a problem with lines and wrinkles, especially around the mouth and eyes. In this case, any facial products considered would need to moisture and nourish skin appropriately.

Do take note however, if you have dry skin around the eyes, that this area is exceptionally delicate and any products used there should state that they are appropriate for the eye area. Also, when applying any creams or lotions to this part of your face ensure that you are very gentle to avoid damage.

Oily Skin – The opposite of dry skin, this type of problem involves skin being oily. Along with skin becoming oily without a few hours of being washed, pores are more visible and pimples and blackheads are usually an ongoing problem. Typically, this type of skin requires a little more care that includes washing the face two to three times a day and choosing water-based skin lotion as opposed to heavy creams.

Combination Skin – Another type of skin is a combination of oily and dry. For most people, the “T Zone” area of the face, which goes horizontally across the forehead and then down the nose and chin, becomes oily while the rest of the face is dry. Because there are two different things occurring, two different skin care processes would be needed. The most effective treatment involves toner and oil free moisturizer on the oily part of the face and a richer moisturizing cream for the dry area.

Sensitive Skin – This is the last type of skin for which quality skin care is needed. Typical characteristics of this skin type include a delicate complexion, soft texture, and noticeable capillaries. An individual with sensitive skin can easily respond badly to various skin care products, often in the form of redness, rash, general skin irritation, and even swelling. Due to the high level of sensitivity, it would be imperative to use skin treatment cream specially formulated for this type of skin.

Although one of the most important steps in choosing the right products are to identify skin type, even with this, each person should assess the needs of their skin regardless. For instance, no matter the type of skin, anyone can have a problem with lines and wrinkles. For this reason, someone with oily skin would need a water-based product that helps control the problem of oiliness but also be formulated to reduce the signs of lines and wrinkles. We know, it can get complicated but there are products out there for almost every situation.

Conventional versus Organic/Natural Ingredients

Photo of a lady using natural skin creamAs part of researching conventional ingredients found in many commercial skin products, it would be of  value to conduct research on the manufacturing company as well. Obviously, any skin care product being considered should come from a trusted source, which means a well known, ethical company that operates within the law and has strict manufacturing protocols.

Unfortunately, celebrity endorsements and creative marketing campaigns lead people to believe certain products are the best when in fact, unless they are formulated with the right ingredients, they could do more harm than good or be completely ineffective. This is why becoming educated about companies as well as the types of  products available on the market is so vital. Each person needs to choose an appropriate regime for their needs opposed to being drawn to something based on what others believe.

While there are some products on the market made with chemicals that would be considered both effective and relatively safe, many recommend that you  consider products made with organic or 100% natural ingredients. As shown below, many products contain ingredients that work incredibly well no matter the type of skin but, along with this, information has been provided regarding skin lotions and creams made with organic ingredients.

Dry Skin – Because skin of this kind is dehydrated, any product being considered needs to nourish and moisturize. The most effective ingredients include alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants, ceramides, collagen extracts, and Retin A. These ingredients help stimulate production of collagen, protect skin from damage, increase blood flow, and promote growth of new skin cells.

Oily Skin – The goal with creams and lotions for oily skin is to exfoliate dead or damaged skin cells but also prevent acne breakouts. To facilitate this it is also important to hydrate the skin so that it doesn’t produce excess oil. Therefore, the best active ingredients include benzoyl peroxide, retinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur. Remember, water-based products are generally considered best for oily skin.

All Skins – Although appropriate ingredients are important for all skin types, many of the top products focus on oily and dry skin because they tend to be the most challenging to treat and the most common. However, when looking at products for all the different skin types, vitamins are critical. The most important include vitamins A, B, and K, which actually work to repair skin and C and E to reverse damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. It is also recommended to choose products with some level of sunscreen protection.

Benefits of Organic or 100% Natural Ingredients

While products made with any of the ingredients listed above would be considered fine, below is helpful information specific to formulas made only with organic or completely natural ingredients. For one thing, the amount of organic or natural ingredients used in any product would be important to know. Just as with food products, skin care products list ingredients in order of greatest amount to least, making it possible to determine the quantity of ingredient used in the formula.

While it takes time to learn about different organic and natural ingredients used in the various different products, it would be time well spent. The more a person knows about ingredients the easier it becomes to find the most effective and safest product regardless of skin type or specific problems. The list of possible organic and/or natural ingredients is long but those listed below are considered among the best.

Alpha-Tocopherol – This is actually a natural form of vitamin E that has been shown to reverse the effects of aging by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. For this reason, it is a popular ingredient used in face care products  for all skin types.

Cynergy TK – Derived from sheep’s wool, this ingredient is rich in keratin to maintain firm and elastic skin. When added to products, a person’s skin can develop a radiant glow.

Nano H EQ10 Lipobelle – This is the concentrated form of coenzyme Q10, a natural antioxidant capable of penetrating deep into the skin where it restores and rejuvenates. This particular ingredient is also rich in vitamin E, which helps diminish lines and wrinkles.

Summary

No matter the type of skin a person has, using the right skin care products could completely transform texture and appearance. In fact, once the right range has been identified, with regular use many people literally erase years off their appearance. Lines and wrinkles become less noticeable, skin becomes firmer and more elastic, and pigmentation improves.

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