If you are like me, you want your skin to look great and be healthy. I believe a good facial cream will help me with just that, by delaying and repairing the signs of aging. But with the hundreds of products out there, how can we pick the right one? Most are advertised with big promises of how that cream can improve your skin. But how can we really tell if a facial cream will actually deliver those promises, without having to waste our money and buy the products?
The best way to determine the quality of a facial moisturizer is by checking the label of ingredients. Think of the products you put on your skin to be like the food you eat. Anything you put on your skin gets absorbed directly into your body and inside the bloodstream. From there, it reaches all the cells of your body.
Think about how skin patches used for medicinal purposes. Nicotine patches, for example, work on the principal that the medicine gets absorbed by the skin.
Once we realize this, it is easy to see why it is so important to pay attention to the products we use on our skin. Check the labels of your facial creams to see what they are made of. If you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your face.
Many chemicals commonly used in facial moisturizers can be potentially dangerous to your health.
fragrances - a group term for thousands of chemicals - useless and potentially harmful for health
parabens - commonly used as preservatives in many cosmetic products, including facial creams - have been linked to breast tumors
alcohols - can dry your skin
mineral oils - cheap lubricants used in many facial moisturizers, block your pores and actually cause skin problems
You should stay away from facial creams that use such ingredients, not only can the be potentially harmful to your health, even increasing your risk of developing cancer, but it is very likely that such low quality ingredients mean that the facial cream will not have positive befits to your skin. Rather, it will likely cause further skin problems.
The best facial moisturizers are the ones that use quality natural ingredients in significant amounts. The following are the best active ingredients that are laboratory tested to have visible benefits on your skin:
Natural Vitamin E - one of the most important vitamins for skin. It has a long list of benefits to skin. A powerful anti-oxidant, it protects skin from outside elements. Promotes the healing and re-growth of skin cells. Two things are essential when it comes to Vitamin E in facial creams - it must be natural, otherwise the skin is unable to use it effectively, and it must be in high enough concentrations ( 0.5 - 1 %) to have a visible effect on skin.
Manuka Honey - a unique honey from New Zealand with numerous benefits to skin. Its wound healing properties are so effective that it is used in hospitals to treat burn patients, so it is easy to see why it can be such a beneficial ingredient in facial moisturizers.
Phytessence Wakame - an extract for sea kelp, traditionally used in Japanese nutrition and beauty products. Loaded with nutritions, it is second to none in increasing the hyaluronic and enzyme levels in skin cells. In short, intense anti-aging benefits.
Q10 Coenzyme - Is found naturally n the body, but decreases with age. It is one of the most effective anti-oxidants. This is essential because our skin is exposed to so many damaging outside factors ranging from smoke, pollution, sun and chemicals. Because Coenzyme Q10 helps the body produce energy, facial creams with high amount of this enzyme can help skin actually look younger.
Keratin from a natural source - Keratin helps skin cells produce more collagen and elastin. These proteins are the building blocks of our skin, and are vital in preventing and reducing lines and wrinkles on the skin. Not all Keratin is equally effective. Though it is more costly to achieve Keratin from a natural source, it will be much more effectively absorbed and used by the skin. Cynergy TK is a natural Keratin formula, used in top-quality facial moisturizers.
Avocado oil - a high-nutrient oil that promotes the production of collagen in skin cells. Not cheap, but very nourishing to skin. The best facial moisturizers use this.
The best facial moisturizer to choose should contain several, if not all of these ingredients. Logically, the best quality ingredients are not cheap, but you will find that the most effective facial creams are often not the most expensive ones. You will be paying more for these facial moisturizers than the price of the common drugstore brand, but if you consider the long-term effects, this added cost if by far worth it. Cheap facial creams with synthetic ingredients will not have a visible improvement on your skin. Instead, they are likely to cause further skin problems such as drying, breakouts and allergic reactions. It will cost you much more to treat these conditions. Not to mention the fact that they can be potentially hazardous to your health, and may lead to an increased risk of cancer.
In the long-term you will be saving money and protecting your health by using a high quality natural facial moisturizer. Sometimes these products are not easy to find. The most serious companies use their budget to develop skincare that works, instead of glossy advertisements and celebrity sponsors. But with the right knowledge of the most effective ingredients you can determine if a facial creamy is truly the best.