First of all, your skin is an organ, and like other organs in your body, it needs several things to be completely healthy. Your body could not survive if you gave it food but never water, or exercise but never sleep. A different skin has different needs.
In order to truly give your skin the protection, benefits, and repair it needs to fight the signs of aging, it is necessary to treat each of its individual needs. A good anti-aging skin care system should work synergistically and should contain these beauty products:
A Soap-free Cleanser – Soap strips skin of the natural oils necessary to protect it and keep it looking healthy. A good cleanser should clean pores gently and leave skin feeling soft and supple.
A Toner – A toner corrects the PH level of the skin. If the PH level is not in balance, neither will skin be in balance. It will become either too dry or too oily, or be a combination of both. Just rinsing your face with water will throw off the skin’s PH balance.
A Light-weight Eye Cream – The skin around the eyes is made up of very sensitive glands. This is why the first signs of aging occur around the eyes. Using a normal cream around the eye area will cause the skin to stretch and droop over time.
A Sun Protective Day Cream – A good day cream should have an SPF of at least 15 and should be light-weight and moisturizing.
A Night Cream – Night creams contain special ingredients that help skin in its natural regeneration process, which happens at night. Skin also can become seriously dehydrated at night as it works hard to heal and repair the damage done during the day.
Next, we all agree that an anti-aging skin and beauty care product should produce results, or do what it says it will. Have you ever bought a product that claims some sort of benefit, only to find after weeks of use it hasn’t done a thing? Or it’s even made your skin worse.
Here’s the reason why: Mineral oil. Mineral oil, or petroleum, makes up the base of over 96% of all skin care, cosmetics, hair care and beauty products on the market today. It is an occlusive, colorless and odorless substance that is a by-product of crude oil. It has no added benefit and has even been found to be damaging.
First, mineral oil is occlusive, meaning it creates a barrier. As a barrier, it both prevents beneficial ingredients in skin and beauty products from penetrating and stimulating the cells, and toxins the skin is responsible for excreting from being able to escape. Mineral oil is the leading cause of acne breakouts and prolonged skin conditions.
It is also the number two cause of premature aging because it prevents dead skin cells from sloughing off and allowing new skin cells to take their place. Repeated use of mineral oil could also have a negative effect on your health, as it has been strongly linked to cancer and has even been banned in European countries.
Get educated about the many beauty products out there and how to find the best ones, and your skin will thank you for it by looking radiant and youthful into your old age.