Ingredients in antiaging, anti-wrinkle creams have progressed significantly in the past few years. Where once, the advanced properties were only available in top end expensive products, they are now widely found in everyday brands.

The main difference between costier products is the level or concentration of the key active antiaging ingredients.

In general, good quality creams have the following ingredient types:

Understanding Skin Care Product Labels

Common skin product terminology used includes:

  • Allergy-tested [or Antiallergenic] - means it doesn’t have ingredients that cause common reactions.
  • Noncomedogenic - means it won’t clog pores.

Before applying creams, lotions, or makeup, read the ingredients list. The fewer ingredients on the label, the better.

Look for moisturisers that contain ceramides, fatty acids or cholesterol, and sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These help form a protective barrier against irritation.


Most Common Skin Product Irritants

The most common irritants in skin creams, in order of sensitivity are:

  • Fragrance
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Dyes
  • PABA
  • Lanolin
  • Sorbic acid
  • Formaldehyde
  • Benzoic acid.
  • Botanicals - rosemary, sandalwood, arnica
  • Essential oils - jojoba, tea tree, lavender
  • Hair spray can cause breakouts along the hairline.

Test each new product on the side of your neck for a few days before using it on your face.

Try one new product at a time.

If skin breaks out, stop using everything, and reintroduce products one by one.


Treating Reactions to Skin Care Products

Oily Skin – use an oil-free cleanser, such as Bio-Matte.

Inflamed Skin - Balm mint, ivy, lavender, and mallow provide soothing anti-inflammatory action and actually condition the skin on contact.

Itching - 1% hydrocortisone cream also relieves itching.

Dryness - use a product containing lipids, safe for sensitive types.

Blemishes - irritant-free face lotion containing vitamin A. Use a talc-free, medicated concealer that uses iron oxides as the coloring agent.

Highly Sensitive skin – use cleansers and moisturizers normally prescribed by dermatologists for hypersensitive postsurgery and postpeel patients.

Irritation from acne medications - ask your doctor about using oral antibiotics or birth-control pills instead.

Skin creams are constantly under review by consumer groups. See here for summaries of recent antiaging skin cream reviews