Anti-aging skin care products remind me of the song ’18 till I die.’
Indeed, anti-aging skin care products are very popular today; and why not, who doesn’t want to look young for ever?
Talking of anti-aging skin care products, the first thing that comes to mind is vitamin C based anti-aging skin care products. These products work by enabling the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin.) This category of anti-aging skin care products is related to anti-oxidants.
Anti-aging skin care products that are based on vitamin C are, however, posed with the danger of getting oxidised themselves (as they come into contact with air during their usage). So some anti-aging skin care products are based on the derivatives of vitamin C, which are more stable and less expensive. However, the effectiveness of such anti-aging skin care is not as much as it is for vitamin C based ant-aging skin care products.
Besides vitamin C, vitamin E and Liponic acid are anti-oxidants too. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble anti-oxidant that is found in human blood and helps in building resistance against infection. Vitamin E is also known to inhibit cancer. Liponic acid is known to combat the signs of aging very effectively by reversing the skin damage caused by the aging process.
Phytochemicals form the other category of anti-aging skin care products. Phytochemical are special chemicals that are extracted from plants. There are a variety of phytochemicals that are in use today. Phytochemicals prevent occurrence of cancer of certain types; these include prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. That is why they find their place in anti-aging skin care products.
The field of anti-aging skin care products is vast and needs a lot of research. Though the currently available products are effective, they still have challenges to combat. Hopefully, these challenges will get resolved in due course and help get better and cheaper anti-aging skin care products.
However, anti-aging skin care products should be used only as a supplement to the natural ways of skin and body care. So, drinking a lot of water, getting a good night sleep, exercising regularly, maintaining healthy eating habits and keeping stress at bay are essential means of delaying the aging process. No anti-aging skin care product can replace them really.
More on Anti aging skin care.
One of the most interesting topics on skin care is ‘anti-aging skin care.) As one gets older, the natural defence of our skin (and in fact of the whole body) weakens. ‘Anti-aging skin care’ is about protecting your skin from the negative effects of aging process. ‘Anti-aging skin care’ helps in maintaining a young and fresh look for a longer period of time.
However, ‘anti-aging skin care’ doesn’t end just here. Besides maintaining your looks (good looks) ‘anti-aging skin care’ is also about retaining the resistance to disease. Though the awareness about anti-aging has increased over a period of time, still a lot of people are unable to recognize the aging symptoms (and hence are unable to determine if they are in need of additional anti-aging skin care measures.)
Here is a list of visible ant-aging symptoms that will help you in the planning and execution of your strategy for anti-aging skin care: baldness, forgetfulness, greying hair, wrinkle formation, loss of eyesight or hearing loss and menopause.
The occurrence of one or more such symptoms is an indicator for upping the ante on anti-aging skin care. Note that we are talking about introduction of additional measures for anti-aging skin care, we are not talking about starting ‘anti-aging skin care’ altogether. ‘Anti-aging skin care’ actually starts much before the symptoms of anti-aging appear.
Serious anti-aging skin care is building and following a proper skin care routine much earlier in life (say in your teens.) Anti-aging skin care doesn’t mean adoption of any special skin care procedure but just following a normal procedure in the right earnest.
Eating a lot of fruits, avoiding stress, drinking a lot of water and using natural therapies can delay the aging process.
Once the signs of aging start showing up, you should start using some additional measures in the form of anti-aging skin care products. The market is full of anti-aging skin care products. In fact there are so many anti-aging skin care products that they will probably find you even before you find them. Also, with age, the skin undergoes significant change. So you will need to analyse your current skin care procedure to check if it still holds good i.e. if it is still suitable for your skin.
You should remember that aging is a natural process and there is nothing that can stop it from happening. All these anti-aging skin measures can just help in delaying the aging process.
Anti-aging skin care.
‘Anti-aging skin care’ is a very poplar concept in today’s world. Today everyone wants to hide their age using anti-aging skin care procedures (and a number of people are successful too.)
However anti-aging skin care is not achieved by any magic potion. ‘Anti-aging skin care’ is about discipline. It is about being proactive. Anti-aging skin care is retarding the ageing process.
Here are a few tips for proactive anti-aging skin care:
1. Maintain healthy eating habits: A well balanced diet is the key to maintaining a proper body metabolism. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (raw) they are the best source of fibre and have a very refreshing effect on your body. Avoid oily and fatty food; not only do they lack in essential nutrients but also cause obesity and other diseases which aid the aging process.
2. Beat stress: This is probably the most important anti-aging skin care measure. Stress disturbs the body metabolism and accelerates the aging process. Sleep, exercise and a relaxing bath are all good ways of beating stress. Aroma-therapy is also known to bust stress.
3. Drink a lot of water: Anti-aging skin care can’t be any simpler than this. Water helps in flushing out the toxins from the body, hence keeping it clean and making it less prone to disease. Around 8 glasses of water (per day) is recommended by all doctors.
4. Regular exercise is a wonderful anti-aging skin care procedure. Besides toning your muscles, it also helps in cleaning the skin by flushing out the toxins in the form of sweat. Exercise should be followed by a warm shower in order to completely remove the toxins.
5. Avoid the use of strong, chemical based products on your skin. Natural skin care products are a good option. Use of organic skin care products (home made or commercial) can be a very effective anti-aging skin care measure.
6. Do not overuse skin care products. Excessive and harsh application, both are harmful.
7. Do not ignore skin disorders; it can lead to permanent skin damage. Try over the counter medication and if that doesn’t help, immediately visit your dermatologist and seek his/her advice.
8. Vitamin C based skin care products are very popular means of anti-aging skin care. However, these seem to oxidise very quickly (which makes them harmful for the skin.) So store them properly. If the product turns Yellowish brown, it means that vitamin c has oxidised and the product is no longer suitable for use.
9. Protect your skin against UV radiation ; UV rays are known to speed up the aging process. So, a good sunscreen lotion should be a part of your anti-aging skin care routine. There isn’t a wrong age to start wearing sunscreen. protecting your skin from an early age will prevent skin damage which will keep your skin looking healthy and younger for longer.
Are Natural skin care products the answer to all problems?
When it comes to skin care products, you will find that a lot of people are very particular about using only natural skin care products. They treat all the synthetic products as harmful to the skin.
So, are natural skin care products the answer to all of our problems?
What if a natural skin care product is not available for the treatment of a particular skin disorder? Are the synthetic skin care products so harmful that they should be banned?
Different people have different answers to these questions. However, the reality is that due to presence of synthetic preservatives, it’s really tough to find a natural skin care product that is 100% natural.
There are natural skin care products that have natural preservatives, but their cost might be detrimental. Moreover, such natural skin products have a shorter shelf life and hence are not preferred by the manufacturers of natural skin care products.
Some people carry a wrong notion that since natural skin care products are natural, they cannot cause any harm to the skin. The suitability of a skin care product is not based on whether it is synthetic or natural. An unsuitable natural skin care product can harm you in almost the same way as a synthetic one. So, use natural skin care products, but be open to synthetic ones too (you might need them when a natural solution is not available.)
Your selection of a natural skin care product should be based on 3 factors:
* The skin type (dry, oily, normal, sensitive) of the person who will use that natural skin care product.
* The climatic conditions in which it will be used e.g. hot and humid condition would warranty the use of oil-free natural skin care products.
* The process for application/use of the natural skin care product. A good natural skin care product (in fact any product) can seem useless if not used in the proper way.
Use of organic fruits and vegetables is also popular as a natural skin care procedure. Some essential oils, herbal oils, are useful too and are known for their moisturising and antiseptic properties.
However, using a natural skin care product does not mean that you can exercise carelessness with other aspects of skin care. Natural skin care products should be used like supplements to the following ‘essential’ recommendations: healthy eating habits (avoiding oily food) regular exercise, drinking a lot of water (8 glasses everyday) and cleanliness.
This will then form a perfect and completely natural skin care routine that will help maintain a healthy beautiful skin for longer time.
Vitamin C skin care – The challenge.
Vitamin C is often regarded as a wrinkle fighter or an anti-aging agent. The main objective of ‘Vitamin C skin care’ in scientific terms, is to increase the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin.) The additional benefit of ‘Vitamin C skin care’ is related to its capability of countering free radicals which cause damage to the skin.
Vitamin C skin care, however, faces a major challenge today. This is related to the oxidation tendency of Vitamin C skin care products. On coming in contact with any oxidising agent (e.g. air), the Vitamin C in the Vitamin C skin care products, gets oxidised; thus making the Vitamin C skin care product useless (in fact counter-effective.)
The oxidised Vitamin C imparts a yellowish-brown colour to the Vitamin C skin care product. This is something that you need to check before buying a Vitamin C skin care product. Even after you buy a Vitamin C skin care product, you need to store it properly and keep checking that it’s still good to use (i.e. it hasn’t attained a yellowish-brown texture.)
The manufacturers of Vitamin C skin care products have tried to deal with this (oxidation) problem in multiple ways (and research on Vitamin C skin care products is on the top of their list.) One such method of retaining effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products for a long term is to keep a high concentration (say 10%) of Vitamin C.
However, this makes the Vitamin C skin care products even more expensive. The Vitamin C skin care products are already pretty inexpensive and making them even more expensive will throw the product manufacturers out of business. The other way is to use Vitamin C derivatives (like ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate.)
These are not only more stable but also inexpensive. Even though the derivatives based products are not as effective as the Vitamin C skin care products, their stability against oxidation is a very desirable feature that makes them very attractive. Moreover, these are known to be less irritating too.
Talking of effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products, it’s important to mention that not everyone responds to Vitamin C treatments. So it’s not a magic potion in any way. If you don’t see a noticeable difference in your skin, it might be because of your skin not responding to Vitamin C treatment (and the Vitamin C skin care products might not be at fault, at all.)
As more research goes on, one can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for a complete solution to the challenges faced by ‘Vitamin C skin care’ today.
The importance of caring for your skin.
“Packaging is as important as the gift itself” – it’s something that most of the gift manufacturing companies follow very closely. The same holds good for you too. Your outer-self i.e. your skin is as important as your inner-self.
A lot of people do realise the importance of skin care. Well, this is one reason why there are so many skin care products in the market and most of the skin care products seem to do pretty well. We generally tend to associate skin care to just good looks. However, there is more to it than just that. There are multiple benefits associated with a healthy and glowing skin.
Firstly, it has a good effect on you yourself. It makes you feel fresh and energetic. You are able to do more work and are quicker with everything you do. More importantly, the freshness adds to your enjoyment and makes your day. So a healthy skin too plays its part in building confidence. Yes, you can take most of the credit for having achieved that (however, do leave a little for the skin care products too.)
Moreover, this flow of positive energy is experience by people around you too and you observe that even they are friendlier with you. You get more respect from others. They are more responsive to your queries. They themselves experience the freshness that you are exuding.
They love working with you and for you. Yes, that’s how it works. Some people might even go ahead and ask you about the skin care products you use (you might or might not reveal those secret skin care products to them.)
Thus, a healthy skin can be instrumental in creating a pleasant and friendly environment around you. On the other hand, carelessness or negligence on this front can make you look unattractive and dull. You will not only look dull but also feel dull. Your work efficiency is reduced. Even the people you meet might not be as friendly. In fact, it might lead to the aging process getting started much earlier.
Thus the importance of skin care cannot be ignored. However, skin care is not that difficult at all. There are a lot of skin care products available and you can choose the ones that suit you the best. There are various ways in which skin care products are classified and the knowledge about these classifications will help you understand them better and make a selection.
* The first categorisation is based on the skin type – so you have skin care products for oily skin, skin care product for dry skin, skin care products for sensitive skin etc.
* Another way is to categorise skin care products based on their use e.g. you have moisturisers, cleansers, skin care products for exfoliation, toners etc.
* Then you have skin care products for treatment of various skin dilemmas i.e. skin care products for acne, skin care products for stretch marks, skin care products for anti-ageing etc.
* Another classification is based on the ingredients e.g. herbal skin care products, synthetic skin care products, cosmetic skin care products etc.
However, skin care products are not the only way of skin care. You also need to build some basic skin care procedures in your day to day life (as we discuss in the other article on personal skin care.)
‘Personal skin care’ is a routine.
We all know the importance of ‘personal skin care’.
The opinion on how-to (for personal skin care) differs from person to person. Some people believe that going to beauty parlours every other day is personal skin care. Others believe that personal skin care is just a matter of applying some cream or lotion on your skin, every now and then.
Then there are people who think that personal skin care is an event that happens once a month or once a year. Still others busy themselves with ‘personal skin care’ all the time. However, personal skin care is not that complicated and neither is it that expensive (considering how beneficial it is.) Personal skin care is following a routine or a procedure for attending to the needs of your skin.
Even before you start with a routine, you need to determine your skin-type (oily, dry, sensitive, normal etc) and select the personal skin care products suitable for it (you might have to experiment with a few personal skin care products.)
Here is a routine that should work for most people with normal skin.
The first thing on personal skin care routine is ‘Cleansing.’ The three main ingredients of a cleanser are oil, water and surfactants (wetting agents.) Oil and surfactants extract dirt and oil from your skin and water then flushes it out, thus making your skin clean.
You might have to try a couple of cleansers before you find the one that suits you the best. However, you should always use soap-free cleansers. Also, you should use Luke warm water for cleansing (hot and cold water, both cause damage to your skin). Take care that you don’t over-cleanse your skin and end up damaging your skin in the process.
The second thing on the personal skin care routine is exfoliation. Skin follows a natural maintenance process wherein it removes the dead cells and replaces them with new skin cells. Exfoliation is just a way to facilitate the skin in this process.
Dead skin cells are not capable of responding to personal skin care products but still consume these products, hence preventing them from reaching the new skin cells. Thus removing dead skin cells is important in order to increase the effectiveness of all personal skin care products.
Generally, exfoliation takes it’s place just after cleansing. As with any personal skin care procedur, it’s important that you understand how much exfoliation you need. Exfoliate 4-5 times per week for oily/normal skin and 1-2 times per week for dry/sensitive skin. Exfoliate a couple of times more in hot and humid weather.
Next thing on personal skin care routine is moisturizers.
This is one of the most important things in personal skin care. Even people with oily skin need moisturisers. Moisturisers not only seal the moisture in your skin cells, but also attract moisture (from air) whenever needed. Use of too much moisturiser can however clog skin pores and end up harming your skin. The amount of moisturiser needed by your skin will become apparent to you within one week of you using the moisturiser. Also, applying the moisturiser is best when your skin is still damp.
The last thing on personal skin care routine is sunscreen. A lot of moisturizers (day-time creams/moisturisers) come with UV protection – so you can get double benefits from them. Such moisturisers are recommended for all days (irrespective of whether it is sunny or cloudy.)
Again, experiment with various personal skin care products and also with the amount you need to apply. What gives you best results is the best personal skin care recipe for you. However, if you have some kind of skin dilemma, it is best to consult your dermatologist before you actually start using any personal skin care products.
Beauty Samples: What They Are and How to Find Them
Have you heard of free beauty samples before?
If you have, have you been requesting them whenever you come across free sample offers? If you haven’t, you may want to think about doing so, as there are a number of benefits to requesting free beauty samples, a few of which are briefly touched on below.
One of the many benefits of requesting free beauty samples is that they are free. Many times, you don’t even have to pay for the cost of shipping. Depending on who the free sample in question is being offered by, the product manufacturer or the retailer in question will ship the free sample to you free of charge. When you look at it that way, what do you have to lose by requesting free beauty samples?
Another one of the many benefits to requesting free beauty samples is the products that you can find available.
For starters, free beauty samples come in a number of different sizes, but you are often only given a free trail size. As for the actual free beauty sample, you will find that there a number of products for you to choose from.
For instance, free beauty samples often include makeup, perfume, skincare creams, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, and so forth. No matter what you are looking for, in terms of a beauty product, you should be able to find some form of that product type available as a free sample.
Speaking of what you are looking for, that leads to another one of the many benefits to requesting free beauty samples. Requesting free beauty samples is relatively easy to do.
In fact, you have a number of different options. One of the best ways to go about requesting free beauty samples is by using the internet. When using the internet to find free beauty samples, you will want to think about performing a standard internet search. You may want to visit the online websites of beauty product manufacturers, as well as beauty supply stores, as they often have free sample request forms on their websites.
You can also use the internet to find free beauty samples by visiting websites that are regularly referred to as freebie sites or free product sample websites. These websites are often in message board formats so that internet users can share free product samples that they come across online with others. What is nice about visiting a free product sample website is that you will not only find links to free beauty samples, but a wide range of other sample types, including books, movies, food, pet products, and baby products.
It may also be a good idea for you to visit one of your local beauty supply stores on occasion. While it is more common to find free beauty samples online, many beauty supply stores also offer free beauty samples to their customers or even those who just enter the store. Since not all retailers offer in store free samples, you should not count on receiving them, but if you happen to be in or around a local beauty supply store you may want to look to see if they have any free beauty samples available for taking.
Perhaps, the greatest benefit to requesting free beauty samples or taking one when you find them in store is that you never really know what you may end up with.
Product manufacturers and retailers often offer free samples on their new products; therefore, it is likely something that you haven’t already tired before. In that case, you may be pleasantly surprised with the free beauty sample that you requested, whether it was perfume, makeup, or a skincare product. In fact, you may be so pleased with your recently acquired free sample that you decide to buy the full size product from then on out.
In addition to sending you a free product sample, it is common for a product manufacturer or a retailer to also include money saving coupons with your free sample. This is nice because should you like the product in question, you may want to buy the full sized product and your coupon may come in handy if and when you decide to do so.