What an Anti Aging Cream Can and Cannot Do

The typical anti aging cream is more like an “antifacecream” aging product. Some respected dermatologists have been critical of the use of ingredients like petrolatum, mineral oil and paraffin, for many years. They would also prefer it if there were fewer allergens in cosmetics and if people would stop over-washing their faces. If you learn how to take care of your skin’s health, you will look better as you age, guaranteed. So, here’s an elementary course in facial healthcare.

Cleansers should be mild and gentle. If you have difficulty removing your makeup, switch to a more natural brand that is easily removed. Skip the waterproof mascara or skip mascara, all together, except on special occasions. The constant stress that it puts on the eyelashes makes them thinner and causes them to fall out.

Use a cleanser only when necessary, in other words, when there is actually dirt on your face. Remove your makeup before you go to bed at night and always use a nighttime anti aging cream and moisturizer. Even if you feel that your skin is too oily. As long as the moisturizer does not contain petrolatum, mineral oil or paraffin, then you won’t have to worry about greasiness, clogging the pores or blemishes.

When you go out in the sun, be cautious. Don’t rely on minor sun-screening agents found in lotions and makeup. The vast majority of the sunscreens on the market were never tested for safety or effectiveness. Many of them have been changed or discontinued, all together. Some are still on the market, even though research indicates that they actually contribute to the DNA damage that can lead to skin cancer. Padimate O, oxybenzone and benzophenone are examples.

Zinc oxide is the safest and most effective sunscreen available, but you won’t find an anti aging cream that includes it. There are a couple of good brands of women’s makeup that include it. But, it is still best to stay in the shade, wear a big hat or use other precautions to protect your skin from the sun. We simply don’t know how much is too much or how helpful zinc oxide may be, in the long run.

Sun damage is one of the main causes of wrinkles, but another cause was recently identified. According to scientific reports, foods known as simple carbohydrates may cause wrinkling, as they create a chain reaction that ends with the production of Advanced Glycation End-products or AGEs.

An anti aging cream can help reverse sun damage, if it contains the antioxidant coenzyme Q10, but there are no topically applied ingredients that inhibit the production of AGEs. There is an oral dietary supplement called carnosine that may inhibit AGEs, but even if you take that, you should still avoid simple carbohydrates.

The simple carbs include foods that contain white flour, white rice, white potatoes or white sugar. Colorful foods contain a variety of antioxidants. White foods don’t.

Take the time to learn more about protecting your skin’s health and about what to look for in an anti aging cream. It could save your appearance.

BOLA TANGKAS