Friday, February 20, 2009

Ugly Truth About Cheap Skin Care Products

Let's face it, if you buy cheap skin care products, you will find that the ingredients are mostly petrolatum, mineral oil, paraffin and other fillers, lots of artificial preservatives and fragrances, but nothing that is really good for your skin's health or appearance. Is that really what you want?

You would be better off using plain soap and water for cleaning and olive oil or another type of vegetable oil for moisturizing. If you want to protect your appearance for the rest of your life, you need more than this. But, if your budget is tight and you are looking for an inexpensive skincare routine, nothing beats soap, water and vegetable oil.

Doesn't vegetable oil feel greasy? No, it is quickly and rapidly absorbed into the skin's layers. Petrolatum and mineral oil feel greasy, because they are not readily absorbed. They simply sit on the skin's surface, clogging the pores and interfering with natural rejuvenation processes.

Don't you need an exfoliants or scrub? Not if you're going to use cheap skin care products. They are too harsh and can do a lot of minor damage that adds up over time to make your skin look older. If you feel that you need a scrub, use colloidal oatmeal. It is inexpensive and non-irritating.

What about astringents or toners? They are mostly petroleum-based alcohols, like ethanol and methanol. They may feel like they are "doing" something, but what they actually do is change your skin's pH balance, which can lead to the appearance of heavily pigmented areas, fungal infections and age spots.

If you want something to protect your appearance from the effects of time, don't shop for cheap skin care products. Safe and effective anti-aging ingredients are expensive. You don't have to spend $200 on a tiny tube, but you do have to spend more than a few bucks. The best anti-aging day cream, for example, costs about $30 and it is worth every penny.

The ingredients were special chosen for their ability to reverse the visible signs of age. They address the three main causes of skin aging; loss of collagen and elastin, lower levels of hyaluronic acid and oxidation through the action of free radicals.

There are several compounds that are known to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. The most effective one is CYNERGY TK. The compound contains protein and tiny amounts of copper and zinc. Protein bound to zinc and copper has been shown to stimulate the production of new skin cells. In clinical trials, creams containing CYNERGY TK have caused an increase in skin cell proliferation of over 150%.

There are no cheap skin care products that can do that sort of thing. To protect hyaluronic acid from degrading, extracts from Wakame kelp are needed. To prevent oxidation, antioxidants are needed. The best antioxidant compound is HEQ10, a special formulation of vitamin E and coenzyme Q10.

So there you have it. There are some things that you can easily cut back on to save money. But, buying cheap skin care products is really just a waste.

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