I’m a skincare fanatic. I wear SPF 30 on my face year round and my bathroom counter looks like a spa. I believe strongly in protecting my skin from environmental factors and, let’s face it, nobody wants wrinkles. Today’s guest post is all about how to shop for anti-aging skin care products; from what ingredients to look for and the importance of sun protection.
How to Shop For Anti-Aging Skin Care Products
Women all over the world are desperate for anti-aging solutions. This quest has led to a booming cosmetic industry that promises everything a woman could want in skin care products.
However, not all products are created equally. In fact, some products are doing more harm than good, but most women don’t know how to shop for anti-aging skin care products and what constitutes a quality solution. Other companies focus all their attention on creating the latest skin care sensation and neglect things like longevity, ease-of-use and the skin’s natural ability to heal itself.
When shopping for your skin care products consider the packaging, the ingredients, the country of origin, the harmful additives, and the level of protection.
- The Packaging
You may find this surprising, but judging the effectiveness of a product should begin with an examination of the packaging. Skip over the brand name, the bold-print promises of miracles, and other non-informative information. Instead, focus on the things that really matter. First of all, you will want to purchase a product that has been formulated within the last six months. Many active ingredients lose stability and effectiveness over time. Next, the best container for a skin care product is a dark glass bottle that doesn’t allow the product to come in contact with light or leach harmful chemicals. Skip over any products that come in clear bottles. Quality design for a skin care product also features a pump dispenser that prevents oxidation and preserves freshness.
- The Ingredients
For your daytime cream, look for a product with vitamin C and vitamin E. A great form of vitamin C is L-ascorbic acid. By applying this nutrient topically, you can promote collagen production in the skin.
For your nighttime skin care regimen, try a non-synthetic vitamin A cream or serum. The vitamin A needs to be in retinoid form so it will effectively reach the skin cells. This nutrient will revitalize and encourage production of collagen.
Other good anti-aging words to look for include antioxidants, zinc, and keratin. Choose the product that contains as many helpful ingredients as possible. You can’t have too much of a good thing, right?
- The Origin
Asia is making big waves in the skin care industry right now. A lot of their products are enhancing collagen production like nothing else will. Shop around and see if you can find one of these new miracle serums. But remember there is value to shopping locally, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures!
- The Dangers
When possible, go for natural skin care products. At the very least, read the product label carefully and always avoid harmful substances like propylene glycol, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, and parabens.
- The Protection
Your skin is already in a precarious position. Don’t make things worse by unnecessarily subjecting it to the sun’s harmful rays. Make sure whatever product you buy has at least SPF 15. Take extra precautions during the hours between 10am and 2pm when the rays are most damaging.
While there are plenty of skin care options to chose from, don’t hastily rush into the purchase of any product without doing a bit of research. Make sure you are buying the freshest, most effective, most innovative, healthiest, utilitarian products available.
Author Karen Renshaw manages a clinic that specializes in Tampa hair transplants. Over the years, she has gathered valuable information from fellow women who are also seeking to hang onto their youthful beauty.