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Is Your Face Cream Really Worth All That Money?

Jul 8, 2008
Women, and even men of a certain age are constantly looking for a magic bullet when it comes to anti ageing skin care. In fact, women in the UK are spending around 100 million per year, trying to look younger using anti aging cream as a non surgical facelift. The real problem is, that by the time they become of a certain age, they are always playing catch up. You have to start when you are young. Are you listening teenagers and twentysomethings?

One big ageing factor are the UV B rays that affect the skin whether the sun is out or not. This means that even when the sky is overcast and covered in clouds, these little demons get through to work on your skin to make it older. So from a young age, you are being bombarded all the time you are outside. Very few women appreciate this fact because they are more concerned about protecting themselves from the UV-A rays that come from a clear blue sky.

So from the first time you get put out in the garden in your pram, the UV-B rays have started to age you. Then for the rest of your life they carry on ageing you every time you go outside, unless you are using an umbrella. To counter this you need to be using a sun blocker at all times on your hands, face and neck. It may even be worth substituting your moisturiser for a good sun blocker.

We are bombarded with TV advertisements for anti ageing skin cream, many featuring hi-tech laboratories with actors in white lab coats pretending to be scientists. This is trying to show you that this particular cream has been rigorously tested and is not only safe but their technical advantages will make your skin look younger, guaranteed.

Many of the active ingredients being touted as 'new' or 'breakthrough' are really chemicals that have been known and used for years for other different conditions, usually in pharmacological circumstances. Because they have this history of use without nasty side effects, cosmetic manufacturers explore some of the other possibilities to the chemicals. As long as they can determine some minor improvement in a few guinea pig people, it is rushed out as the latest thing to combat ageing skin.

A typical type of ingredient is one that goes by the name of Retinol which is actually vitamin A. This has been known and used by the medical profession in the treatment of skin problems. It is used in a quite high dosage, which means it is only available on prescription from a doctor. The amount of Retinol you will find in any preparations you can buy, are going to be relatively small and therefore the effects will match. This doesn't mean that you may not derive some benefit from using it but you may be better off spending your money in food that is rich in vitamin A.

One problem that is rarely mentioned is the time factor. Many of these active ingredients are unstable. That is, they degrade when in contact with the air or moisture or both. As soon as they are manufactured, the air begins to degrade the efficacy of the substances. There are no date stamps on the packaging so you don't know how long it has been since your product has been made, which means you don't know how long the product has been sitting on the shelf. After you buy your product, once you have opened it, the process of degradation is accelerated so you should take great care in the storage and don't leave it hanging around or it turns into a very expensive cold cream.

The one thing these anti ageing skin care creams will have in common is that they all contain a moisturiser which is a very basic thing that can be bought quite cheaply. This will, to a minor extent, put water back into the skin but it will also act as a barrier to stop moisture leaving the skin. The rest of the expensive additives are going to be a question of hit and miss. Of all the chemicals added, very few have hard scientifically proven pedigrees because they are considered cosmetic not pharmaceutical and the levels of research are nowhere near as stringent. Your friend may find one that really works for her but it may not work for you so it is really a question of experimentation until you find one that can work for you. Another even cheaper alternative for a non surgical facelift cream, is to make your own. It is not as hard as you think and you are guaranteed that your ingredients are freshly prepared so are at their maximum potency so that you will see the benefits even sooner. It could be that you discover a new formula and become the next Elizabeth Arden.
About the Author
Author, Ian Richards has more great tips on non surgical facelifts and he has other useful information on women's issues that are well worth investigating.
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