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Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Skin Care |

Facial Creams 101

Facial Creams 101

Are you tired of trying out all sorts of skin care products leaving you with even more problems than solutions?

Portrait of young woman applying moisturizer cream on her pretty face in the bathroom

Well, before you spend another cent on any skin care product you should first identify and understand your skin type. This will greatly help you make informed choices the next time you go shopping.

Basically, there are only three skin types; normal, oily and dry. No matter the type of skin you have, try and find a product that locks in moisture, as this will prevent your skin from running dry.

Rashes, irritations and other skin conditions such as eczema are most common for those with dry skin as moisture easily evaporates.


Understanding Key Ingredients and their Benefits

Have you ever bothered to check what benefits you draw from using a given ingredient? Unfortunately most people do not go to this extent mainly because the terms seem way too complex.

Such ingredients include alpha-hydroxy acids – commonly found in a number of facial creams, that help with irregular pigmentation, age spots and fine lines. It is most important to look for creams with low levels of alpha-hydroxy acid, to help avoid skin irritations.

Beta-Hydroxy Acid is also another common ingredient that helps exfoliate skin. It also improves the colour and texture of the skin. If you have acne issues you should most probably consider this one.

An important point to note is that if you are a nursing or pregnant woman or are allergic to salicylates, then you should avoid this ingredient as it gets absorbed into the blood stream and can cause an allergic reaction.

Most over-the-counter facial skin care creams contain hydroquinone which is an ingredient commonly known for lightening the skin. However, if you are pregnant it is advised that you shy away from this ingredient.


Organic or natural creams?

Most people are turning to natural facial creams, as they do not contain any chemicals.

Some of the most common natural ingredients include honey, avocado, milk, aloe vera and many more. Whether you have dry, oily or normal skin creams with natural ingredients can produce great results – but in this day and age, there’s no reason not to use a high quality cream, specifically formulated to rebuild your skin and stimulate the regeneration of your cells.

An excellent example is Tretinoin, which is a cream prepared with retinoic acid and is applied directly to the skin to treat acne and other disorders.

Tretinoin cream is a specially designed pharmaceutical product. It includes Vitamin A and other nutrients that your skin needs, that will minimize the blemishes and wrinkles that occur naturally with age, to help you achieve the best looking skin you can achieve.

applying cosmetic cream

Do l really need to use a moisturiser?

Dermatologists have it that the daily use of facial moisturisers greatly help in the removal of dead skin, dirt as well as bacteria. Lipids based facial moisturizers block water from escaping from the skin’s outermost layer.

Different times and seasons of the year also dictate what sort of facial moisturizer to use. For instance, when the weather becomes warm you are advised to lighten your skin care where as a cold weather calls for greater protection of the facial skin.