ANTI-WRINKLE CREAM INGREDIENTS
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
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,
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:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Sorbic acid
- 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
Skin creams are constantly under review by consumer
here for summaries of recent antiaging skin cream reviews