Basic Skin Care Principles

You will find a dizzying array of anti-aging skin care products on the market formulated into all manner of creams, lotions, masks, gels, serums and scrubs. Many of these have long lists of complex sounding chemicals. However, the best skin care regimen is not that complicated. The 4 most important and basic things you can do for your skin are to: 1) Exfoliate; 2) Moisturize; 3) Repair; and 4) Protect.

You know that your skin is constantly renewing itself. This is because the outermost layer of our skin is composed of dead cells that function as a protective shield. However, because this layer is non-living tissue, it needs to be replaced from underneath in a continuous cell renewal process.  If this process happens too slowly, typically as we get older, the dead skin cells begin to look dull and drab. However, with exfoliation, you can speed up this process and the result is an outer skin surface that is newer, fresher, and younger looking. This regeneration process also helps to shed age spots and other blemishes we don’t like.

All living things thrive in a moist environment; this is because cells need moisture to perform their functions. A good hyaluronic acid moisturizer will absorb water from the air and keep your skin properly quenched throughout the day. Another benefit of a good moisturizer is that it will plump up your skin to fill in small lines in our face.

Whether we like it or not, most of us have to admit that by the time we reach our 4th decade, our skin has been exposed to years of harsh conditions, including strong cleansers, sunlight, environmental chemicals, and maybe some skin care products that really weren’t so good for us. This is where some superb wrinkle creams can help us recapture several years of lost youth. The two mainstay ingredients in the best wrinkle creams: peptides and retinol. Both retinol and peptides have the ability to help restore collagen and elastin.

Finally, while we do what we can to reverse the signs of aging in our skin, why expose your skin to continued aging factors? Sun exposure causes about 80% of skin aging, And this does not mean a day at the beach. A lifetime of accumulated sun exposure from every day activities gradually depletes the collagen and elastin in our skin and significantly accelerates the aging process. Look for a top quality, broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen for your face – and use it every day.

Parabens in Skin Care

One word about health and safety – be sure you only use paraben free skin care products. Parabens are inexpensive preservatives that have been linked to breast cancer in women, and have also been found to speed up skin aging when exposed to sunlight. Look on the label for ingredient lists that do not contain these toxic chemicals in cosmetics and skin care products.