They say you start aging from the day you are born! Aging is one thing that none of us can escape! Past 30, skin needs greater attention and care. Facial skin experiences a loss of 1.5% collagen and gets drier with age. Collagen and Elastin give your skin firmness, elasticity, softness and suppleness, and contribute to its glowing, youthful quality. There is a gradual loss of these with age. Exposure to sun, wind, pollution and heat causes loss of natural oils that keep skin supple and smooth. Free radicals add to the aging process of skin. Apart from using moisturizers that contain anti-oxidants to counteract this, your skin and complexion can actually benefit by the inclusion of more fruits and vegetables, salads and nuts in your diet because of the high amount of anti-oxidants and moisture they contain.
Availability of a wide range of these products overwhelms and confounds choice. Advertising campaigns add to the confusion when they laud their virtues in glowing terms! Using any skin care product without knowing its contents is a risk too big to undertake. Also the outcome may not live up to expectations. Whatever you do to moisturize your skin, it is worthwhile remembering that chemical ingredients in moisturizers can be harmful. Mineral oils present may moisturize temporarily. They can clog skin pores and cause eruptions and allergies. Some manufacturers despite knowing their ill effects still use them to increase their profit margins. Such products are best avoided. It is, therefore, wise to get to know the ingredients of a moisturizer before going in for one.
What to Look For in a Moisturizer
A moisturizer that contains natural ingredients definitely scores an edge! Look for one that counteracts aging, moisturizes, can act on scars and blemishes and can protect against sunburn. The best moisturizers are those that are composed of only organic ingredients, because they offer safety and give good results.
Jojoba oil and cocoa butter can give the skin smoothness and keep it soft. Jojoba oil also gives it and velvety appearance. Organic Soy oil is rich in Vitamin A emollient and gets absorbed into the skin. It can nourish, soften and moisturize skin.
Anti-oxidants present in Avocado extract, Cynergy TK, Olive Oil, Grape seed oil, macadamia oil and avocado oil can rejuvenate skin and reduce wrinkles. Anti-oxidants are also present in Coenzyme Q10, natural Vitamin E, and manuka honey. Rosehip oil is a rich source of Retinol, which can retard ageing, banish surface wrinkles, and lighten age spots and regenerate skin. It can also reduce scars and soften skin. The presence of organically grown green tea extract in a moisturizer can counteract the effects of pollution and sun and also combat aging.
Olive Squalene helps cells to regenerate, oxygenates them, and prevents UV damage and age spots. It also helps retain natural skin moisture and slows down reappearance of wrinkles. Aloe Vera has a pH similar to that of skin and is therefore, beneficial in a moisturizer.
Capaucu butter and Shea butter can protect from sunburn reduce blemishes and brown spots and soothe inflamed skin. Vitamin B5 repairs skin and also protects from sunburn.
Whatever your age, using a natural moisturizer that contains some of the above natural ingredients, is the best remedy to counteract dryness, reduce wrinkles, banish spots and keep skin youthful and glowing. It is beneficial to apply moisturizer immediately following a bath or face wash when the skin is still a bit moist. A diet rich in fruits and raw vegetables will add to the glow! Drinking plenty of water also helps to flush out toxins and keep skin hydrated. Skin also remains healthy if you remain stress-free! Try yoga, meditation and breathing techniques for handling stress.