How often do you think about which facial moisturizing cream you rub onto your face twice a day? How safe are the ingredients you put on under your makeup? How beneficial are the ingredients you use in your moisturizer before you head off to bed?
Times have changed. And your facial cream should change right along with it. Facial moisturizing cream should never be chosen because of a false promise or a great deal you got at your favorite discount store.
A facial cream should have essential ingredients that are actually good for your skin. Beneficial ingredients that will keep your skin looking great now and for many years to come.
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is one of the most important ingredients you can find in a facial moisturizing cream because it’s the only one capable of reprogramming cells. Vitamin A works by normalizing skin functions, working to correct all skin conditions.
You will find it listed in different ways: Renova, Retin-A and Retinyl Palmitate, the most gentle form of vitamin A, just to name a few.
Vitamin A thickens and stimulates your dermis, where collagen, elastin and blood vessels are. As part of the process, it increases blood flow to the surface of the skin, and ultimately make your skin smoother and show fewer signs of wrinkles. Vitamin A actually increases collagen, and so it slows the normal aging breakdown of the collagen and elastin in your skin.
The problem lies in proper delivery to the skin. All forms of topical vitamin A are potent and effective. However, many products also contain irritants and nasty chemicals that counter the true effects of the product.
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What is significant to a pharmaceutical grade facial moisturizing cream is in how the ingredients are transported to the basal layer and the dermis. Pharmaceutical grade facial creams deliver active vitamin A through all skin structures to the receptor cell without drying, redness, or irritation.
2. Pro-Vitamin B
Pro-Vitamin B5 acts as a skin moisturizer, helping give skin a soft, smooth and healthy feeling. It’s a deeply hydrating vitamin that helps keep skin moist by absorbing moisture from the air. However, it is also water soluble, which means that it can’t be stored in the body and needs to be taken in every day.
Pro-Vitamin B5 is also great to help the skin with certain problems that pop up from time to time, like acne. B5 helps create high amounts of Coenzyme-A, which people with acne often lack in their metabolism. These fats don’t break down, and instead, are deposited into your oil glands. This causes breakouts over time. This extra Coenzyme-A helps excess fats metabolize, and oil production is better controlled, which results in less oily skin. And without excess oil, acne is less likely to form. Compared with other acne treatments, B5 is often thought to be a healthier option than other acne medicines on the market.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is considered to be both a nutrient and antioxidant, and is extremely versatile in its purest form.
Vitamin E has been used in skincare for so long it is sometimes overlooked when new, more exotic ingredients are added into products. Yet it’s highly beneficial for the skin, especially when combined with other antioxidants. It’s a first line of defense against free radicals and other environmental damaging effects, including the contribution to cardiovascular disease and cancer, and environmental exposure to things such as pollution and ultraviolet radiation.
Vitamin E is found most commonly in anti-aging and facial moisturizing creams. It can prevent the formation of wrinkles by blocking free radical damage. It can help lighten and smooth brown spots that form on the skin as we age. It can also help provide the skin with necessary moisture, as well as antioxidants for intense healing, to smooth out dry, rough skin and help the skin hold necessary moisture.
4. Comfrey Root (Allantoin)
The roots and leaves of the comfrey plant contain a chemical substance called allantoin. Allantoin boosts the growth of new skin cells and reduces inflammation.
Comfrey has been used since ancient times for its healing capabilities and other dermatological conditions. It’s known to be very soothing, with the ability to help preserve a youthful appearance. And since most skin has some sort of damage, the healing and regenerating properties are a valuable addition to a facial cream.
5. Oat Kernel
We no longer just care about what goes into our bodies. We want to ensure that what we smooth onto them is as healthy as possible too. Sustainably sourced and renewable agricultural materials are currently making the rounds as one of the most promising cosmetic ingredients.
Oats have traditionally been viewed as a healthy product to include in your kitchen’s pantry. However, their popularity has exploded thanks to their increased awareness in cholesterol lowering properties. They’ve also been proven to be very low in allergenic potential, yet very high in therapeutic value.
It didn’t start with our modern day society; even Romans understood oats had medicinal value. Romans used oats to soothe and heal the skin, while reducing inflammation and redness. That means the oat is good for helping to find relief from things like eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Oats have also been found to protect the DNA of skin cells against external environmental aggression. It’s a natural way to both protect against the sun’s harmful rays and to use as a post-sun treatment.
When was the last time you looked at your facial cream? Does it have the essential ingredients that will ensure healthy, glowing skin for decades to come?
Linda Parker is a freelance writer who covers wide-ranging topics from Health and wellness to Fashion to Technology. She is an avid reader and loves traveling.
(under the courtesy of care2.com)