Do you wonder if that inexpensive anti-aging skin care cream work as well as the expensive skin care cream? This is one of the most asked questions that we get here. We have been conditioned to think that if it’s expensive then it must work to get rid of wrinkles – this may not be true in all cases. There are a few things to consider in determining which product is the best for you regardless of the price.
First of all KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE
If you purchase an anti-aging product for dry skin, and you have oily skin then you will inevitably see some pimples. Why? Ingredients that are made for dry skin (to protect and seal the skin barrier) only block the pores of those with oily skin – hence you get pimples. Look for creams that are formulated for your skin type.
Always START WITH CLEAN SKIN
Just like an artist starts with a clean canvas so should you. Remove dirt, oil, and makeup morning and night with a gentle cleanser for your skin type. Your anti-aging product will get to work when it doesn’t have to fight against getting past the oil, dirt and makeup du jour.
Find a product with MULTIPLE KEY INGREDIENTS
Finding an anti-aging product is really about what works for your skin type and your wallet. Look for anti-aging products whose formulation includes multiple ingredients to combat many of the signs of aging and ensure that those key ingredients are at the top of the ingredient list or INCI as it is formally called. This is really the only difference between an expensive and an inexpensive product (in terms of product efficacy). Expensive anti-aging skin care creams are said to contain a higher percentage of key ingredients.
Here are some of the top skin care ingredients that combat aging skin:
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) – stimulates collagen: synthesis, reduces age spots: Olay Professional Pro-X Deep Wrinkle
Hyaluronic Acid – hydrates the skin: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream
Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) – exfoliates skin cells: MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel
Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C) – required for collagen production: Obagi Professional C Serum
Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline) – said to inhibit reactions that cause muscles to contract: Kinerese skin care
Dimenthylaminoethanol (DMAE) – facial sagging: REVIVA Peptides & More Anti-Wrinkle Cream
Ubiquinone (Coenzyme CoQ10) – acts as an antioxidant: Prevage skin care
Alpha Hydroxy Acid – exfoliates skin cells: Peter Thomas Roth AHA 12% Ceramide Hydrating Gel
Resveratrol – said to activate cell’s longevity gene SIRT1: B. Kamins C-Resveratrol Serum
Retinol (vitamin A) – increases skin cell turnover; increases collagen production: Neostrata WRINKLE REPAIR
Marine Algae – stimulates blood circulation to bring oxygen to the skin: La Mer skin care
And Lastly TRY, TRY, TRY
Finding a good anti-aging skin care product is really about trying new products. Each year companies look to improve the efficacy of their product offerings as new ingredients, combination of ingredients and new technologies emerge so don’t be afraid to try new products even if you go back to your tried and true product.