Tips for Buying Skin Care Products

by Laura Kronen on October 23, 2012

woman putting on moisturizer
At Be You Only Better we believe that good skin care is essential at any age. But it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are the main things you need to consider when buying skin care products, regardless of the price:

1) Sun damage is at the root of all skin care evils.

It is estimated that as much as 96% of the visible signs of aging are a result of cumulative sun damage, including fine lines, wrinkles, textural changes, brown spots, loss of elasticity, coarse dryness, blood vessel damage and collagen degradation. To avoid the negative effects of UV radiation, a good sunscreen should be applied DAILY. Do keep in mind that all sunscreens are not created equal and most don’t provide protection for all spectrum’s of UV radiation. Your sunscreen should be a good physical barrier from UVA and UVB rays and contain titanium, iron and zinc oxides, free of dyes and chemical sunscreen filters.

2) If sun damage is at the root of all skin care evils, antioxidants are its savior.

The oxidation reactions that occur in the skin from the sun and other environmental factors produce free radicals that damage skin cells and cause premature aging. When a potent antioxidant is applied to the skin it prevents free radicals from attaching and destroying the fragile skin cell membrane and produces collagen and elastin, giving the skin elasticity, strength and durability. Some antioxidants to watch for include Vitamin C (in stabilized form), Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Ameliox, Alpha-lipoic Acid, Blueberry, Rosemary, Green Tea, Caffeine, and Coffee Berry.

3) Don’t buy into deceptive skin care marketing campaigns.

It’s no wonder the big beauty companies are competing so hard to dominate the anti aging marketplace. It’s big, and there is a lot of money to be made. Some marketers will promise results without laboratory tests, while others will promote expensive skin care regimens that are no more effective than a decent, inexpensive drug store moisturizer. It’s a trick, don’t fall into the trap. Do your due diligence and read the science behind the product, the testimonials from other users and check for active ingredients. There sometimes isn’t a noticeable difference between a $30 or $300 jar of cream. Marketing is a necessary evil but a good advertisement does not necessarily mean a good product.  It just might be a skilled retouch artist who is the real star.  Consult dermatologists, speak to friends and read websites like Be You Only Better that are not paid to write about products.

4) Ingredients are key!

There are thousands of skin care products on the market. To avoid product pitfalls make sure you check the ingredients. Ask some key questions:

  • Are the ingredients active and do they have a significant capacity to stimulate aspects of skin regeneration, remodeling or renewal (collagen or cell turnover).
  • Are the active ingredients present in sufficient concentrations and are they stable in the formula? Does the product’s formula allow active ingredients to penetrate the skin well enough to be effective?
  • Do any of the inactive ingredients interfere with the active ones?
  • Do they have the potential to harm the skin by causing allergic reactions, clogging the pores or irritating and dehydrating the skin? Some of the active ingredients to look out for include Retinoids (the active form of Vitamin A), Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Peptides, CIC2 (sea weed stem cells), Telomerase Enzyme.

5) You don’t need to break the bank to buy safe, affordable and effective skin care.

Products range from very affordable to off the charts expensive, but many of the inexpensive products have big names behind them which means there is a lot of research and development put into their products, resulting in cutting edge technology.  What makes some products very expensive is the use of pricey or hard to locate ingredients.  While they sometimes make a world of a difference, many times you can get the same results from a product that won’t leave you crying when you get your AMEX bill.

 

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