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How to Choose the Best Skin Care Cream

Posted on January 25 2017

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Skin care is part of our everyday beauty regime. Beautiful and flawless skin is the ultimate foundation of a sexy look that features a designer bandage dress or other sexy apparel. Most women use one skin care product or another regularly, but determining if it is the best cream for your skin is another question altogether. 

Do you simply go for the latest brand or pick a skin care product recommended by a friend? Chances are that you may be using the wrong beauty products and may not be getting the flawless skin you crave. Let’s discuss skin creams and how you can choose the perfect one for your skin type.

The Purpose of Skin Care Cream

Your face and body need nourishment to stay supple and healthy, and the right cream can work wonders for your skin to achieve just that. The one mistake women make when picking up skin care products is that they go for a single product as a complete solution. However, your skin and your friend’s skin may be totally different and hence require different products. Another common mistake is using a moisturizing lotion meant for your body to improve or remove blemishes on your face.

The first thing you need to do to determine what exactly your skin requires is finding an an anti-aging cream. Choose one that is specifically built to suit dry skin, under eye creams, wrinkle reduction, and so on. Choosing an age-appropriate product is also important so that you can effectively target the problems of your individual skin and reduce a few years from your look. If you are looking for a good skin care cream, there are a number of factors to keep in mind rather than randomly choosing one. 

Check the ingredients

All skin care products contain a variety of ingredients, which are listed on the side of the jar or bottle. This is the first thing to take note of while choosing products as these decide the effectiveness of the cream.

According to skin care experts, when looking at skin care creams, pay attention to the ingredients of the product, particularly the first five. Common active ingredients like alpha hydroxy-acids, petrolatum, retinoid, lanolin, peptides, and glycerin are good. If you have a sensitive skin prone to allergies, glycerin would be more suitable than lanolin.

Another factor to consider is whether or not the cream contains sunscreen. A quick read of the list of ingredients will tell you that. This is particularly important if you are looking to buy a skin care cream to wear during the day.

Zinc oxide and avobenzone are effective sunscreen ingredients. Using products with sunscreen prevent skin damage, reduce wrinkles, and can even protect from skin cancer. Dermatologists usually recommend going for daytime creams with an SPF of at least 15.

If the skin care product you are looking at contains fragrance, put it right back on the shelf. Fragrances contained in such products are one of the most common sources of skin irritation and allergies. If you cannot see anything on the ingredient list, a whiff of the cream’s scent can be a tell-tale sign.

Identify your skin type

Determining your skin type is vital before choosing any skin care product, as not all creams are designed to suit different skin types. The right skin care product can give you confidence in your body as you show off your curves. Here’s a look at how you can pick a cream based on your skin type.

Oily skin

If your skin feels oily to the touch, you have overactive oil (sebum) glands below the surface of the skin and are likely prone to frequent acne. This type of skin often traps dirt because of the greasy surface. You may often feel like you have more acne outbreaks than your friends.

For such skin, a cream with heavy moisturizing properties will only worsen the issue. Rather, pick one that is rich in hyaluronic acid and gentle in hydration. Products with glycolic acid can help control the moisture and give a matte-like effect on your skin so that you do not have to keep wiping off the oil frequently.  

Dry skin

Women with dry skin are often tired of trying to hide patchy, flaky skin that feels rough and lifeless. A cream with high oil content can be helpful as it is better absorbed by your skin. Look for products that list ceramides and lanolin among the top ingredients. You can also choose creams that have hydrating elements such as milk or lactic acid, aloe, and berry extracts.

Keeping your face well hydrated is important at all times, so be sure to use a sunscreen whenever you step out. Also, quit smoking and drink plenty of water throughout the day if you find that battling dry skin is your daily war.

Combination skin

This type of skin is characterized by an oily T-zone (forehead to the nose) and dry or normal in other parts like your cheeks. Finding a suitable cream for combination skin types often worries women, but there is a way. Light moisturizers that contain SPF of 15 or more are usually well-suited for such skin, but a more effective way would be to target the different areas and go for combined care.

For the drier areas, choose a product with berry extracts, lactic acid, and tea tree oil while aloe and glycolic acid are ingredients that can work for the oilier surfaces. Stay away from heavy creams and pick creams or gels that are light in density.

Normal skin

If you have a normal skin type your are often considered blessed as this indicates the right levels of lipids, water, and a good pH balance. Using a cream that maintains this balance and protects your skin can be helpful in keeping that fresh, supple look intact. Go for products with natural ingredients such as milk, aloe, orange, and glycolic acid.

Sensitive skin

Women with sensitive skin types usually face troubles maintaining skin health and picking the right kind of cream, but it is important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach here. Two women with sensitive skin may require completely different skin care products.

If your skin is on the oilier side and prone to acne outbreaks, choose a cream or gel that is high in glycolic acid and tea tree oil. On the other hand, dry and sensitive skins require products with a hydrating base such as milk or aloe.

How to Apply Skin Cream

How often you moisturize and pamper your skin directly affects how radiant your skin will be when you slip into your favorite strapless or plunging neckline dress.

Ideally, your face should be moisturized twice every day with the right creams. A day cream that contains sunscreen will help your skin remain hydrated and protected from harmful UV rays, while a good night cream can work on repairing your skin even as you catch up on your beauty sleep.

It is important that you apply cream on freshly-cleansed skin. Remove every trace of makeup and dirt with a good cleanser before using any cream. While applying on your face, use your fingertips and use long strokes upwards from your neck to face until the cream is absorbed well. This simple routine of cleaning and moisturizing your skin regularly can make a noticeable difference and keep your skin fresh and soft.

Leading Skincare Brands

Given the plethora of brands and products today, it can be almost stressful trying to choose one skin care cream. Keep in mind that price is not always the determining factor of the effectiveness of a cream. Rather, go for products from reputed brands to lower the chances of allergies. These are some of the leading names in the business whose products you can most likely trus to be safe and effective.

Olay. This is a well-known brand that has a range of skin care products like anti-aging creams, cleansers, moisturizers, and fairness creams. Olay has been around for decades and has proven to preserve women’s skin for years. The company is most known for maintaining youthful looking skin.

Neutrogena. Neutrogena is a younger brand. However, provides products for various skin types and is readily available. The Hydro Boost Water Gel that is high in hyaluronic acid can work wonders for women with dry skin.

Chanel. Chanel is known more for its perfumes, however, is also has an impressive skin care line. Our vote goes to La Solution 10 de Chanel, a gentle moisturizer that is designed to suit sensitive skin and fight pollution-related skin issues.

Speaking to a dermatologist to understand your skin type and the kind of products to choose is a great first step to beautiful and flawless skin that you want to flaunt in a sexy bandage dress (try a nude illusion dress to perfectly complement your skin tone). Remember that most expensive is not always the best when it comes to such creams, so spend a little time to understand what you need and read reviews so that you choose the right skin care products for you. Also, a healthy lifestyle goes a long way to keep you looking your most radiant and beautiful.

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