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Which Skincare?

Posted on 26 August, 2011

The market is flooded with different brands and different skincare products all claiming to be the miracle cure for wrinkles and ageing. So much choice is confusing and all too often the product does not live up to the hype. The excitement of choosing and taking home or awaiting delivery of the latest product starts to fade after the first few applications. Beauty products tend to focus on the feelgood factor, great presentation, great marketing, usually a beautiful celebrity with a global following to endorse the product. Medical cosmetics are more research based and less glamorous, slightly odd smelling serums and no glossy advertising. Medical cosmetics are more scientifically based and so if you wnat something that does what it says on the tin - this is your best option. Current medical focus is on Vitamin C. That's because vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is key to the production of collagen, an essential protein for the growth of cells and blood vessels, giving skin its firmness and strength. Secondly vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles . Reseacr. Researc. Research has shown that serums should contain at least 5-10% vitamin C to be effective. These products can be really expensive but Flavo-C produce two affordable products -  containing 8% and 15%. Matrixyl is another substance creating a buzz at the moment. It is a lipopeptide which has been found in studies to have an impact on stimulating collagen production and hyaluronic acid - both key for skin rejuvenation. Again you need to look for a product with at least 5% matrixyl to benefit from the effects and again these products can be expensive. Lifestyle Aesthetics produce an affordable option called Eternox Peptide Repair Creme, this contains at least 5% Matrixyl in addition to two other active peptides. More importantly, do your own research, experiment with products and when you find something good, let others know! In the meantime here are 6 simple skincare rules to follow:  

Rule 1 Don't expect too much from skincare products. Think of skincare products as merely enhancing what you already have and helping you to feel good about yourself.  

Rule 2 Consider your budget. How much do you want to spend on skincare - there is so much available and at all levels of cost so there is no need to spend what you don't have.  

Rule 3 Look at your skin and identify what you like and what you would like to maintain or enhance, likewise what don't you like and what would you like to improve on.  

Rule 4 Make sure your hands are spotlessly clean when you apply your moisturiser, and take a few minutes to massage the product in, stimulating blood flow to the face and ensuring good coverage of your whole face.  

Rule 5 If you are layering products, try to leave at least a few minutes in between each layer as you are getting ready.  

Rule 6 (The Golden Rule!) Sun protection factor - every day!!