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Skin Care Products (part-2)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

How important is your skin? It needs air; it excretes waste; it protects you from most germs and immediate harm; it sheds and renews itself; it is your first point of physical contact with the outside world. Our skins are exposed to so much day by day that it is only right to care for them. Skin care products are mostly intended to either protect the skin from damage, for example, UV radiation, or to repair and/or mask imperfections on the skin (acnes, wrinkles etc.).

Skin care products come in different formulations including oils, creams, lotions and powders. They can be formulated for specific needs e.g. anti-acne creams or intended for broad use, e.g. moisturizers. Their use can be cosmetic (tanning oils, for example), restorative (e.g. anti-aging products), therapeutic (medicated creams) or general purpose. In addition, skin care products may contain only a few active agents or many. They can also be made for specific skin types or not.

There are three broad skin classifications targeted by skin care products. These are oily skins, dry skins and normal skins. Oily skins are shiny and slick and so can attract dirt and germs quickest. The strongest skin care products are intended for this skin type since the aim is to remove the oil on the skin and keep the surface dry for as long as possible. Dry skin type, however, is in the other end of the spectrum. Dry skins often present as red and flaky and are easily irritated and itchy. The mildest skin care products are meant for this skin type. Helped immensely by moisturizers, the aim is to keep the skin moist and not irritate it with strong chemicals. People with normal skins are free of oily or dry skin patches and, therefore, all types of skin care products are recommended.

Most reviewers agree on the following broad classification of skin care products:
moisturizers, cleansers, toners and scrubs.

Moisturizers are ideal in cold as well as dry weather. They nourish the skin and prevent damages to the skin including signs of early aging: wrinkles and fine lines. By feeding the skin and keeping it moist, moisturizers are able to keep skins natural and lift sagging points. The best moisturizers for all skin types are those free of alcohol. This ensures that skin irritation is prevented and the moisturizing effect is not nullified by the skin dryness that alcohols cause.

Cleansers, on the other hand, clean out the skin surface. By taking out dirt and oil, the likelihoods of pores clogging and germs thriving are significantly reduced. However, it is important not to apply too much cleanser to the skin. Harsh cleansers could wipe out the natural microflora on the skin, therefore, exposing the skin to harsher germs and removing the protective sebaceous layer. To prevent dryness and irritation, mild cleansers are advised. However, the right cleanser will depend on skin type and finding it may require trying a few cleansers. Cleansers can also come in special formulations especially for people with severe acne. Such cleansers usually contain peroxides and/or salicylic acids and antibacterial agents.

Scrubs give deeper cleaning than cleansers. They exfoliate the skin and should be used once or twice in a week. Scrubs and masks produce a richer skin tone as well as leave the skin softer and smoother. They will take out dead skin and deeper damages done by the sun. Scrubs and masks can be prepared from simple ingredients found in every kitchen.

Toners add the finish to skin care products. They are responsible for closing skin pores to hide fine lines and wrinkles. To give the skin a natural glow, toners will hydrate it, increase circulation and restore its pH levels. Common toners found in everyday skin care products include Aloe (perennial favorite and an old healer that soothes the skin and helps its regeneration), Lavender (ideal for treatment of skin irritations and sunburns. It also possesses antibacterial and antiviral activities) and Rosewater (hydrates and nourishes the skin).

The last element in skin care products is Sunscreen. Either as a standalone product or formulated into other skin care products, sunscreens protect the skin from harmful UV radiation, thus preventing early skin aging and sunburns as well as reducing the risks of skin cancer.

Skin Care Products (part-1)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

The range of skin care products keep getting bigger and new kinds keep coming up. Imagine the number of cosmetics that can be made from the thousands of compounds with proven and inferred health benefits, and you can see how differentiation can be tough for skin care products manufacturers. Still big brands manage to stand out through a combination of patented molecules, higher prices and better product placements.

So, what do skin care products really do? Our skins need replenishing and nourishment. Without these, the skin will lose its structural integrity. Beauty aside, the skin does produces glandular secretions for different purposes. It also sheds and turns over every now and then so that you get a new skin oftener than you know. The skin protects everything else and keeps injuries, microbes and stress from getting to vital tissues, organs and systems within the body. Keeping it in top shape is, therefore, essential, and skin care products help return the skin to its normal state, correct anomalies on it and slow its ageing process.

The benefits of each skin care product will depend on its constituents and how effectively such compounds interact with individual skin types. Yes, skin care products which are effective for some people may prove less effective for others which is why a little experimentation is needed to arrive at the perfect skin care products for you. Knowing what skin type (oily, dry and normal) yours is will make the process of discovery faster.

Depending on the manufacturer, skin care products can be formulated according to different degrees of research and testing. Often, makers will add popular skin care agents to their formulations. Such include Aloe Vera, Vitamin E etc. Often, you see a special agent, a peculiar delivery system or a new formulation in skin care products. The effectiveness of such is known to trigger clones of the same.

Generally, skin care products can be grouped into moisturizers, cleansers, masks, scrubs, tanners and sunscreens. Special categories include anti-acne, hand creams and eye creams. These are differentiated from beauty products in the makeup class. Skin care products are those that offers protection, nourishment, correction and only a little enhancement. As examples, moisturizers keep the skin moist and is ideal for those with dry skins and for everyone at all seasons; cleansers are applied to the face daily to take off the accumulation of dirt to prevent blemishes such as acne; masks and scrubs provide deeper cleansing action, are applied less often and left on longer to work deeper into the skin and exfoliate; tanners are skin enhancement products for those who want to make pale skins darker and bronzed; sunscreens are protective skin care products either formulated into other skin care products or as standalones to coat the skin and absorb harmful UV radiation which can accelerate the onset of wrinkles and later cause skin cancers.

One good thing about the cosmetics industry is the very large selection of skin care products available. Often, the range of selection available to shoppers is limited in brick-and-mortar shops and malls by the limitation of shelf space and inventory. However, there are no such limitations on the internet.

Shopping online for skin care products has its clear advantages. These include wider selection, lower prices, availability of unbiased feedbacks from fellow shoppers, 24/7 access to shops, faster access to new products and convenience. When shopping for skin care products, you have a lot of choices regarding where to shop. You can head to the manufacturers’ online shops for low prices, current selections and more information on each product. Or you can head for an online retailer carrying products from many manufacturers. The advantage of this latter type of online store is that you can make comparisons by price, presentation and brand. In addition, it is easier to process a return from an online store carrying products from many manufacturers since it will have dedicated customer care staff for such.

Wherever you may shop for your skin care products online, look out for signs that will assure your privacy and security. Before submitting personal info and credit card details, see that the online store’s website is implementing a turnkey ecommerce system backed with data encryption in the backend (look out for the site’s SSL certificate and a padlock sign).

Herbal Skin Care

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Skin care is not a topic of recent times; it has been in practice since ancient times, when herbal skin care was probably the only way to take care of skin. However, skin care has transformed in a big way. Herbal skin care routines have been replaced by synthetic/chemical-based skin care routines.
The herbal skin care recipes which once used to be common place are not so popular today (and even unknown to a large population). This transformation from herbal skin care to synthetic, can probably be attributed to two things – our laziness (or just the fast pace of lives) and the commercialisation of skin care. Even herbal skin care products have been commercialised.
These commercial herbal skin care products have to be mixed with preservatives in order to increase their shelf-life, hence …read more