Selecting the formulation (delivery system) is not just about what you are partial to but what benefit that particular formula has for your skin. Today's products have lots and lots of science behind them. You can use the chart below as a good guide for choosing what will work for you.
|Milk & Lotion||Sensitive skin which is easily irritated, can become red and itchy.|
|Balm||Extremely dry or dehydrated skin that is flaky or cracked and feels tight.|
|Micellar Water||Normal and sensitive skin which has minimal irritation.|
|Gel||Oil & acne prone skin that breaks out easily and/or is inflamed and congested.|
|Powder||Normal skin that usually has minimal oiliness or dryness.|
|Foam||Extremely oily Skin that is greasy to the touch and shiny all day long.|
|Thick Cream||Dry, dehydrated and mature skin that shows signs of aging and a loss of elasticity.|
Achieving timeless beauty takes a little time and effort and quality products that protect. Don't wait for the first wrinkle to appear before your start. If its already happened, then you need products that help to reduce or minimize the damage and to protect going forward. It is never too late. Today's anti-aging technologies and recent skincare breakthroughs means you have some powerful weapons for timeless beauty defense.
So, what ingredients should you look for in an anti-aging skin and hair care products?
- Retinol - a derivative of vitamin A, making it a milder version of retinoids (a prescription-only wrinkle fighter). While it takes several weeks to see results, retinol is the most effective over-the-counter anti-aging ingredient. Apply retinol-based products at night on dry skin to avoid sensitivity and be sure to apply a moisturizer with SPF every morning.
- Ceramides - the "glue" that holds out skin together (and will help to mend broken hair fibers and reinforce the hair's structure).
- Niacinamide - lightens dark spots caused from acne scars, sun damage or old age with a vitamin B3 derivative that prevents pigmentation from rushing to the surface.
- Hyaluronic Acid - a humectant, meaning that it draws out water from the air and dermis (the skin that lies below the surface). It even spurs new collagen production.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids - exfoliators that gently dissolve the "glue" that holds surface skin cells together, letting the dead ones slough away to reveal youthful looking skin. This process encourages cell turnover, which typically slows with age. Getting rid of dead skin also lets moisturizers, serums, and skin treatments penetrate the skin and work more effectively.
- L-ascorbic acid - is stable Vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps build collagen, reduce inflammation, and promote elasticity to plump up skin.
- Avobenzone - protection against UVA rays paired with benzophenone-3 or oxybenzone to shield against UVB rays. For maximum protection, apply a chemical sunscreen directly on skin before serum, lotion, or makeup.
- Antioxidants - slow down the clock and help prevent and repair damage to your body tissue by encouraging cell growth, neutralize free radicals (unstable, damaging molecules in your body caused by elements such as sunlight, smoke, and pollution). The most popular antioxidants include vitamins C and E, pomegranate, green tea, and coffeeberry extracts.