The skin is the largest organ in the body and often the one we spend the most money on over the years. Attempting to rejuvenate facial skin with the use of over-the-counter products is not very successful because they generally only affect the outer, superficial layers of the skin, whereas medically prescribed treatments reach the deeper layers of the skin and result in a more uniform improvement. Here are important things to consider about the skin care products you use
Cleanser Make sure it is targeted for your skin type. Sensitive and dry skin types, for example, benefit from Poloxamer 123, an extremely gentle surfactant clinically shown to exhibit less irritation. Oily and acne-prone skin with their own unique properties improve with specific formulas that contain salicylic acid to inhibit sebum production.
Sensitive Eye Area Firming the skin around your eyes, stimulating collagen production and relaxing the muscles around them can help diminish the fine wrinkles in this area that are usually the first tell-tale signs of aging. A compound that contains anti-oxidants, hydroxyacids, a special vitamin C compound, and a peptide that inhibits neurotransmitters to eye muscles is able to address all three of these major eye area concerns in one jar.
Sunscreen Protecting your face from both UVA and UVB rays from the sun is essential in preventing skin cancer, as well as pigmentation problems and wrinkles that arise from sun exposure. The problem is that many sunscreen products are thick and oily which makes using them with cosmetics a real challenge. Or they don’t contain zinc the most effective protectorant against the sun’s harmful rays in a cosmetically acceptable form. A facial sunscreen that is chemical-free and fragrance-free with zinc that dries to a clear, silky, matte-finish enables you to use it all the time, which is the only way to give your face maximum protection from the sun.
Anti-Aging Retinoids are the ultimate multitaskers when it comes to keeping a young, healthy glow. These products help prevent the buildup of dead skin cells, diminish the look of wrinkles and lighten sun spots. There are both prescription and over the counter products to choose from. Retinoid skin care products can take some getting used to, so every other day usage is initially recommended. Once your skin adjusts to the vitamin A treatment, you can begin using it daily.
Pigmentation Problems Pigmentation issues can be treated with brightening products. These products contain Hydroquinone which works by targeting the dark pigment in the skin and decreasing the activity of melanocytes, pigment-producing cells. Hydroquinone is the most commonly-used depigmenting agent and is found in a higher concentration in medical, versus over-the counter, products. Convenient, easy-to-use pads are available, which make patient compliance and consistent use more feasible.
Medical skin-care products are more effective, generally because they contain higher concentrations of the active ingredients and work below the superficial layers of the skin. Ounce for ounce, this means that medical skin-care products are more expensive. However, when you consider their effectiveness or ability to solve many of your skin care problems, there can be no doubt that medical products offer a better value.
Skin care is essential to maintaining and improving your look.