We all like to try new products. They’re fun to play with, to smell and feel and try on our skin.
But which types of skin care products do we really need? With money tight these days, we need to spend it on products that really work.
So, the basics are: a good cleanser, a broad spectrum sunscreen, a moisturizer, a anti-aging product containing ingredients like Vitamin C and Retinol and an exfoliant.
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. So, keep it simple. No need to spend a lot of money here. 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.
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.
Moisturizers will help to prevent fine lines and improve the appearance of your skin over time.
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 so If you’re oily through the T-zone area, just use your moisturizer on your eye area, your cheeks, and your neck.
You’ve heard it before, but it’s really true: Sunscreen is the most important product you can use on your skin every day.
The more damage to your skin cells from sunlight that you can prevent, the better your skin will be for years to come. If you have pre-teen or teenage children, particularly if you live in a sunny climate, encourage them to start using sunscreen on a daily basis on their faces.
Sunscreens and sun protection are the single best way to prevent prematurely aged skin, age spots, brown spots, leathery-looking skin, skin cancers, and the deadly skin cancer, melanoma.
Despite all marketing claims, the only products that have been proven to work to reduce wrinkles at this point in time are the vitamin-A cousin tretinoin, some antioxidants like Vitamin C serums and some hydroxy acids like glycolic acid. So, those are the ingredients you should look for when shopping for anti-aging products.