Many anti-aging products come in cream form. There are also lotions, soaps, make-up items and other forms. They are all skin care products that promise to make you look younger. Many promise to reduce the visibility of wrinkles or other blemishes, discolorations, expression lines etc., leaving you with smooth and soft skin.
You may want to pay very close attention to the words “reduce visibility.” They do not promise to remove the wrinkles or blemishes; basically they are promising to simply hide them from view.
The majority of anti-aging skin care products are made up of moisturizer based cosmeceuticals. Sounds fancy. It’s not. Like nearly everything else in advertising, it is a word game. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products that include biologically active ingredients that claim to have medical benefits. However in reality, if there were any pharmaceutical ingredients in the products they would have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration [FDA].
Moisturizers are a mixture of chemical agents such as water, oils, humectants and lubricants designed to make the outside layers of the skin softer. The goal is to increase hydration. Moisturizers improve the texture of your skin, help to improve skin tone, help to mask imperfections and can treat or prevent dry skin.
Once you know what anti-aging skin products are designed to do, it makes it easier for you to decide which products or types of products work best for you. The most damaging things to every person’s skin are the UV rays from the sun. This means that in addition to regular cleansing and the use of moisturizers, one of the best things you can do to protect your skin is to remember to use sunblock.
So, let’s say that you have spent the majority of your life embracing and not blocking out the sun. Maybe instead of the natural sun, you prefer tanning beds to give you that beautiful sun-bronzed color.
And, over the years – you haven’t always been good about moisturizing and keeping your skin in optimal condition. Now what do you do?
Knowing what kind of skin problems you have helps you determine what products to use. If you simply want to cover the baggy look under your eyes from a lack of sleep, a cover-up stick will work perfectly well. However, if you want to start minimizing the baggy look because no matter how much sleep you get – you always look like you have bags under your eyes – you might want to look at anti-aging creams that are specifically designed for under the eyes. You wouldn’t want to use an under eye cream if the issue is red blotches on your cheeks or chin.
Believe it or not, one size really does not fit all. There are some generalized products that are good for your entire face. However, the more you know about what end result you want, the better success you will have in achieving your goals.