What Should You Look For in a Skin Cream
The following post is a guest post from Dr. Ruth Hillelson’s office.
What Should I Look For in a Skin Cream?
With so many skin creams with claims for younger looking skin and skin-repairing formulas that it is difficult to know which ones you can trust. After all, which products really work? Are the products difficult to announce still bad for your skin?
Why Skin Cream Is Important
Healthy, plump skin comes from collagen. Collagen is what keeps our skin moist, plump and useful looking. Our skin makes it naturally. But as we age, our bodies make less collagen, which results in dry skin and shriveled skin cells, which make wrinkles more prominent and blood vessels in the face more visible.
Environmental factors like sun damage, stress, smoking, and free radicals from pollution also affect the skin’s health. The older we get, the more necessary skin cream is to keep our skin healthy and youthful looking.
Common Ingredients in Skin Cream
Some common ingredients in skin cream are difficult to pronounce and you have probably never heard of many of them outside the ingredients lists in the skin care aisle. But that does not mean they are harsh chemicals that are bad for you and your skin. Some common ingredients include:
Tea extract: tea extract, especially green tea extract, is often used in skincare because of the powerful antibiotics found within tea leaves. These help rid the skin of toxins from makeup and pollution. The anti-inflammatory effects also shrink blood vessels to provide clearer looking skin.
Retinol: While retinol sounds like it could be a chemical, it is really a vitamin A compound that gets rid of free radicals, preventing damage to the skin.
Vitamin C: Sun damage is one of the most common reasons for accelerated aging and vitamin C protects the skin from the sun’s rays. It is also a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals.
Hydroxy acids: There are three types of hydroxy acids: alpha, beta, and poly. They are all exfoliants, which means they remove dead skin cells and promote the use of new, healthy skin.
Niacinamide: This ingredient is an antioxidant related to vitamin B-3. In addition to fighting free radicals, it prevents water loss in the skin, leading to moist skin and better elasticity.
Coenzyme Q10: Not only does coenzyme Q10 reduce the appearance of fine lines, but it also protects the skin from sun damage.
How to Tell if Eye Creams are Effective
A lot of skin creams have low concentrations of the important ingredients, making the effects often limited and very temporary if they work at all. Unfortunately, skin cream is considered a cosmetic and not medicine, so the industry is largely unregulated by the FDA. While over-the-counter creams are safe to use, there is no guarantee that they will work because the FDA does not measure effectiveness.
While you may be tempted to go off reviews and testimonials on the internet, or by recommendations by your friends and family, it is important to remember that everyone’s skin is different and what works for one person does not necessarily work for you.
The best method to tell is to apply a type of skin cream daily and look for changes in skin appearance, feeling, and overall health.
How to Make Real Change to Your Skin With A Skin Cream
To make your skin care regimen more effective, there are several things you can do. You should limit your exposure to the sun or extreme weather conditions like wind and snow. Keep your skin protected by proper clothing and put sunscreen on exposed areas of skin when going outside, even if it is cloudy or in the winter.
Also, take cool or lukewarm showers. Hot water strips the natural oils and moisture out of your skin.
Limit exposure to chemicals and pollutants, including chlorine and cigarette smoke. These are full of free radicals that will damage your skin and increase signs of aging.
However, even though the steps listed above will maximize the impact you make with your skin cream, it is important you choose a quality skin cream to restore health and youthfulness to your skin.
What Makes an Effective Skin Cream
Most skin creams only penetrate the surface of the skin, which limits the effects they have on your skin. Look for skin creams that penetrate deeper layers of skin to promote collagen production so your skin will heal itself and be more elastic and youthful-looking in addition to preventing or slowing down further signs of aging. One such skin cream is Iridesse Day Brilliance, which uses a special formula of vitamin C, phospholipids, COQ10, and lipoic acid and ferulic acid to replenish moisture to many layers of skin, fight free radicals, and promote collagen production.
Dr. Ruth Hillelson is one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in the Eastern U.S. As a former research chemist associate at Harvard, she has spent five years researching, developing, and testing breakthrough technology for real skin rejuvenation. The result is Iridesse, a skincare line that will make skin healthier instead of just giving the appearance of health.