It’s only natural to want to look your very best. With all the skin-care and beauty supply advertisements and promotions, you may find it difficult to determine which types of products to use in your quest for beauty. Knowing which skin-care products dermatologists recommend can help you decide how to spend your beauty budget. However, because cosmetic products don’t receive an evaluation by the Food and Drug Administration, they carry no guarantee of effectiveness, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Like many women, you probably know the dangers of exposing your skin to large amounts of sunlight. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your skin to minimize damage from the sunlight. The American Academy of Dermatology lists AminoGenesis Anti-Aging Day Cream, Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock and Mederma Cream to help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. The Mayo Clinic also recommends using skin-care products that contain built-in sunscreens that block UVA and UVB rays.
Spending more money doesn’t always equate to better results, even when it comes to moisturizing skin creams. According to Newsweek, dermatologists agree that affordable moisturizing creams, such as Oil of Olay and Neutrogena, can hydrate your skin as well as more expensive products. Regardless of the price of your over-the-counter moisturizer, don’t expect to see amazing changes. Be realistic about your expectations. For the best results, apply these products within three minutes of your bath or shower. This quick application can help trap in moisture.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the effectiveness of these preparations depends on the amount of the products’ active ingredients and the amount of time you use the product. Creams that contain retinol, hydroxy acids and copper peptides may improve the appearance of your skin. Some studies show that coenzyme Q10 reduces fine wrinkles around eyes and may guard against sun damage, when applied before sun exposure.
A product that cleanses your skin without the use of soap, Cetaphil cleanser produces minimal amounts of lather. Ladies’ Home Journal advises that this dermatologist-recommended, fragrance-free skin-care product gently cleans your skin but won’t strip your skin of its natural oils or clog your pores.