But what are the skin care essential cosmetics Which types of products do we really need? With money tight these days, we need to spend it on products that really work.
Here are the skin care products that have been proven over the years with good science to help your skin. You need these for an effective skin care regimen. In this article, I’m going to tell you about each of these and give you some recommendations:
- Repair or anti-aging products (vitamin-A cousins (like Renova and Retinol), vitamin-C serums (not creams), a few other antioxidants, and cell growth factors)
All the other stuff out there on the market? Go ahead and play with it—have fun! Talk to your friends about it. Make it a luxury for yourself that is part of your own self-care. Go ahead and dream that you may find the fountain of youth.
But don’t mislead yourself into thinking that your hard-earned cash can get you the facelift in a bottle. And do try only one new product at time. That way you’ll know what causes a reaction if you get one. Even if it is the algae cream that cost you $150!
Now, let’s take these skin care essentials one by one. I’ll tell you what to look for and recommend some products that I and my staff have tried and tested.
Skin Care Essentials
When you think about it, cleansers are on your face for about 15 seconds twice a day, hardly long enough to have any therapeutic effect on your skin.
If you have normal to dry skin, a cleanser that doesn’t dry out or strip oil off your skin is best, and a liquid cleanser, in particular, can be great for this.
Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to feel that squeaky feeling for your skin to be clean (that squeaky feeling is just the soap stripping all your natural oils off of your skin). As long as the product is not overly irritating or drying, it’s fine.
If you have very oily skin, on the other hand, you’re likely best off with a cleanser that’s formulated specifically for acne or your skin type; these do tend to be drying—a good thing for some of us.
Some good cleansers.
Here are some cleansers that I like. Here’s link to some cleansers that I have tested and know to be good:
Here are some affordable drugstore cleansers that are also good:
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser—for dry or sensitive skin (available at your drugstore)
- Lancôme Galatée Confort Comforting Milky Creme Cleanser—for dry skin (available at department stores)
- Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cleanser—for oily or acne-prone skin (available at your drugstore)
- Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin—for normal to oily skin (available at your drugstore)
These deserve some attention because moisturizers are worth using.
Particularly if you have dry skin, moisturizers will help to prevent fine lines and improve the appearance of your skin over time. We’ve all had the experience of being dry, applying a moisturizer, and having our skin look instantly better.
Here are my tips on how to get the most out of your moisturizer:
- In general, if you have oily skin, use a moisturizer like a gel that will hydrate (add water to) your skin but won’t add more oil.
- If you have normal skin, use a lotion or light cream.
- If you are very dry, use a heavy cream that takes a minute or two to absorb into your skin. Apply it more frequently than once or twice a day.
- Everyone should use a moisturizer around their eye area and on their necks, because we all have very few oil glands in those areas.
- If you’re oily through the T-zone area, just use your moisturizer on your eye area, your cheeks, and your neck.
Each of the basic types of skin is both a blessing and a curse. If you have oily skin, you have your own natural moisturizer and less tendency toward wrinkles. But you’ll have more of a tendency toward acne and larger pores.