The skin care industry is nearly a $130 billion global market. Practically every company in the beauty business manufactures and promotes some type of anti-aging and moisturizing products for maturing skin. With the competition at a very aggressive height, any online search for skin care needs will generate a nearly endless list of possibilities stating why each new product is better and more effective than the last. But don’t be fooled by these marketing strategies when it comes to your skin and anti-aging products. In choosing the best face moisturizer for your maturing skin, continue reading this list of 7 common theories that flood the internet daily in an effort to persuade you to buy certain products.
1. All moisturizers are the same.
False. There are a variety of different types of moisturizers on the market that are customized for specific skin types. For example, there are moisturizers that contain glycerin and lactic acid that will attract water and help your skin to retain moisture. There are moisturizers that contain emollients that will soften and soothe dry, cracked skin. There are also barrier creams such as petroleum jelly and lanolin that will help lock moisture into the skin. Moisturizers are also manufactured as lotions which are lighter in texture and beneficial for normal to oily skin while creams are heavier and more effective for dry skin and during the colder winter months to protect the skin from the elements.
2. The more expensive the product, the more effective it is.
Sometimes true, but not always. Of course, there are more expensive products on the market that will be better for your skin than some of the cheaper alternatives. But there is also a huge variety of lower cost moisturizers that are just as beneficial as the high-end name brand products. In fact, some of the best products for your skin are ones that you can manufacture yourself at home. Just research some homemade anti-aging and moisturizing recipes, stock up on the ingredients, and being working on your product.
3. Anti-aging creams and moisturizers reverse the effects of aging.
False. Products marketed as anti-aging are preventative in nature and need to be used before the onset of wrinkles and fine lines. Anti-aging creams merely moisturize the skin and help to improve elasticity which will prevent further stretching and tearing of the skin. For treatments that will actually repair the damage of aging, you would need to consult a dermatologist for medical procedures such as laser treatments.
4. Your skin can become dependent on moisturizer.
False. Your skin will not become dependent on moisturizer from overuse. If your skin is dry, moisturizer is a great way to rehydrate and lock in hydration. The colder winter months and dry heat in your home will contribute to your skin becoming dehydrated. Moisturize as much as you need.
5. Different body parts require different moisturizers.
True. There are specific products intended primarily for use on the face. The skin on your face is more prone to acne and sun damage than the rest of your body so investing in a speciality cream may be worth the investment. But be careful not to apply some of these products to your eyelids. Eye creams are specifically formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes to prevent harm to the eye itself. Also, the skin on your hands and feet are more susceptible to dryness and cracking in the winter and a more substantial moisturizing cream may be required for those areas than for the rest of your body.
6. You have to use anti-aging creams on your skin as you grow older.
False.Products marketed as anti-aging formulas are not necessarily the only products that will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Keeping your skin hydrated in any way will help maintain a healthy and youthful appearance. A regular moisturizer is capable of hydrating the skin, maintaining collagen production, and keeping the skin’s elasticity intact. Also, eating a healthy, nutrient-rich diet will contribute to healthier, younger-looking skin.
7. Natural ingredients are better than synthetic.
True.Natural ingredients or skin nourishing vitamins and minerals that can be obtained from our food sources are obviously a healthier way to approach skin care. However, beware of products that are marketed as natural and organic. They may not necessarily be all natural after the manufacturing process is completed. If you are determined to use all natural products on your skin, consider making homemade products with organic ingredients.
If you are looking for the best moisturizer for your face or products that will help you to maintain healthy, supple, and youthful skin, do your research to find the products that are best suited to your needs. But beware that everyone is selling something and read the fine print!