What Face Cream is Right For You?
Author: Eddie Garner
Different kinds of face cream have different components and can do different things for you. Deciding which ones to use can be a complicated process because there is such a wide variety to choose from, including day creams and night creams, cleansing creams and moisturizing creams, and anti-aging creams and sun-block creams. This is a partial guide to certain types.
Cold cream was so named because of the feeling of coolness that it leaves on the skin. It serves as a moisturizing cream and a cleansing cream at the same time. It was invented by Galen, a physician who lived in Greece in AD 129 to 200, and is probably the oldest known face cream. Beeswax, essential oils, fragrance, and water are the ingredients of cold cream.
For normal to dry skin, a cleansing face cream is best for removing make up, dirt, and surface residue because it cleans without drying the skin. An appropriate amount of cleansing cream is applied and gently massaged onto the skin and then either wiped or washed off, depending on the instructions of the maker. Some cleansing creams contain granules that help remove debris and stimulate circulation.
A moisturizing face cream must be used everyday to replenish the natural lipids of the skin and maintain a youthful glow. Soft, smooth skin is the result of regular application of moisturizers. There are usually 2 kinds of moisturizing cream, one which is appropriate for night use and another which is used during the day. Moisturizing creams are beneficial for the dry to normal skin types.
A face cream that contains sun screen or sun block will prevent damage from the sun’s UV rays. Such damage includes sun burn, age spots, and premature wrinkles, all of which make the skin unsightly. Overexposure to UV rays is also known as a primary cause of skin cancer. Regular use of sun screen or sun block creams is highly recommended.
To reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles and dark spots, alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) are often used. AHA and retinol, a form of vitamin that stimulates skin cell renewal, are common ingredients of anti-aging face creams. This kind of face cream will renew the skin’s surface and make it appear more youthful. It has side effects such irritation, blistering, burning, and discoloration of the skin and should therefore be used with caution.
A medical practitioner should be consulted before using any anti-aging cream. On the other hand, other types of face creams are usually harmless to most individuals. Just to be sure, a face cream should be tested before use. You can test by applying a small amount to an area of your skin which is generally not noticeable. Leave the cream on for 24 to 48 hours and see if it has adverse effects.
There is a correct type of face cream for each individual’s needs and skin type. The appropriate kind will make skin healthier and more beautiful. Finding it may take some time and effort but will surely be worth the trouble.
About the Author: Jane Villardo is an authority on skin care and anti-aging treatments. To read more of her work on what different types of Botox Treatments can do to make skin more beautiful, go to Botox Injections.
About the Author
Born in 1983, currently lives in Australia with my family including my parents, my wife Nicole, and my 1 year old son, John. I enjoy reading, music, aerobic exercise and traveling to places where I can contemplate and listen to lessons from nature in remote places around the globe.