Are you growing older and concerned about how you look? There are lots of anti-aging creams on the beauty market both for men and women. Many of the manufacturers of these creams promise “younger looking skin” and other such benefits, and some make outlandish claims such as “reverses the aging process.”
The good news is that lots of these creams do deliver on their promises, but when you want to hold back the years with an anti-aging cream for your skin, which one should you choose? And what cream will work for you?
Comfortable in your Own Skin
When it comes to choosing the right cream for you, you need to look at your skin’s needs now. Do you have dry or oily skin? Are there any dark patches or age spots already forming on your skin? Are there any problematic areas that are making you look older?
Knowing your skin and its needs is half the battle, as buying the wrong anti-aging cream for your skin will not only be a waste of money, but can also make your skin’s situation worse. If you have sensitive skin that reacts to certain things, then there’s no point in buying a cream for normal skin that contains ingredients that will cause your skin to react.
Once you’ve identified your skin type, you can start looking at anti-aging creams
The Golden Rules of Anti-Aging
Choosing your first cream is overwhelming, especially as there are so many anti-aging creams out there. Hey, don’t let it faze you, though. You’ll find a good cream for you if you follow these steps.
Look out for anti-aging creams with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 or above. Sun damage can age the skin prematurely — we all know that — so it makes sense to choose an anti-aging cream that nourishes and protects the skin during the day.
Also, keep your eye open for anti-aging creams that are tailored to any specific skin problems that you might be experiencing. People with sensitive skin may suffer from intermittent or semi-permanent reddening of the skin, and there are many products available that can help them calm and conceal the irritation (not to mention spare their blushes).
Some of the newer anti-aging creams on the market come with extras, such as concealers, foundations and fake tan, to help hide blemishes and areas that are hard to treat. The fashion for companies at the moment is to create and release BB and CC creams, which aim to hide any imperfections and treat them at the same time. These creams have been extremely popular in Asia, and have recently been introduced to great success in the Western markets.
To get the best out of your anti-aging creams, you need to look after them. Store them away from the sun in cool temperatures, ensuring that the lid is always on securely, to prevent the cream from drying out.
Oh and last but not least, remember to read the instructions on the packaging! It’s amazing the number of people who just whack on the cream willy-nilly but grumble when the effects don’t materialize. Follow the exact instructions on the packaging and you’ll be able to get the most out of these products. Not only will everyone get the best of you when you’re at work or play, but you’ll get the best of you too!
Veronica Ashcroft is a Cincinnati-based beautician and loves a good lipstick. A fan of Marilyn Monroe, she likes to perform in plays with her local drama group.