Understanding Skin Care Products

It is a good idea to understand as much as you can about what a person eats or puts on their body. Although it is impossible to understand everything there are some good reasons for why having a good knowledge of what is in skin care products. Basically, there are a number of different things that will determine if a skin care product that is applied directly to the skin will have an anti-aging effect:

  • Are there active ingredients in the topical agent? Do any of the compounds included in the cream or get promote skin regeneration, renewal or remodeling? An example of this would be collagen synthesis.
  • Are the levels of active ingredients high enough to make an impact? Is the chemical makeup of the formula strong enough to allow active ingredients to stay fresh and useful during the course of the shelf life of the product?
  • Is the makeup of the ingredients effective enough to allow the penetration of the skin by product?
  • Is there any problem with the way the active and inactive ingredients interact with each other? Are their side effects to using this e.g. irritations, allergic reactions or skin dehydration??

The best skin care products contain at least one active ingredient in amounts that are sufficient to make a difference. The active ingredients and the inactive ones not interact with each other in a negative way. Optimal skin care products should also have a good level of stabilization and preservation for the active ingredient both during storage as well when being applied to the skin. Ingredients should also be safe and not have a high potential to damage the skin.

Creating skin care products that fulfill all of the above conditions is not easy to do in a cost effective manner that has a long shelf life and is easy to apply. Therefore, many (if not the majority) of skin care products that are sold today do not fulfill all of the ideal requirements. To find a product that is of as high a quality as possible it is useful to have some comprehension of the ingredients in good skin care products.

Most skin care products have a full listing of ingredients on the label or box. This labeling is required by the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act which mandates that all ingredients be listed.
Discover definitions of the primary categories of skin care ingredients by their function/use.
On this page, you will find a list of some ingredients that may cause skin damage from prolonged use or which are simply unnecessary.
Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is a popular skin care ingredient that is used by a large number of manufacturers. It is very popular because it is one of a small number of agents (maybe even the only agent) that has been proved to produce skin tightening and to reduce facial sag (to a low level).