As young girls, women, and a slowly increasing number of men, become more concerned about their looks, they are suddenly introduced to millions of products under skin care that work for anti-aging, sun protection, and whitening/tanning – these are just some of the benefits popular in the market.

However, shoppers are also facing the danger of acne, advanced skin aging, and even skin cancer, if they choose the wrong skin care product. How would you know which skin care product is okay for you?

First, you should know what substances you are allergic to. If you haven’t had an allergy yet and you’re not sure whether you are allergic to a certain substance or not, you should go see your doctor and ask him/her to run a skin test on you.

Second, if you already know what you are allergic to, you should also familiarize yourself with the ingredients that skin care products have. Here are some of the common ingredients in skin care that work best for you, depending on your needs:

    1. Antioxidants

    Free radicals are unstable, reactive molecules produced by normal chemical reactions in the body and are thought to attack cell structures, potentially affecting skin elasticity and firmness. Antioxidants are a kind of skin care that work by guarding your skin against these free radicals.

    You can find this ingredient in facial cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen. Some skin care products put the fruit extract containing antioxidants in their list of ingredients, such as Kakadu plum, Ferula Feotida Extract, Heliantus Annuus seed extract, etc.

    2. Emollient

    An emollient is an ingredient that “locks in” the moisture already in your skin by delaying its evaporation, thus making your skin feel softer. You can find this in most moisturizing skin care products. Some manufacturers list emollients in the product’s packaging using the actual compound they used, for example: Myristyl Myristate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, etc.

    3. Exfoliants

    Used to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the epidermis, (the outermost layer of your skin that constantly regenerates itself) you can find exfoliants in most facial cleansers, and other facial scrubbing products. Exfoliants could also be listed on the packaging as Carnauba Wax Beads, Bentonite, etc.

    4. Humectant

    Just like the emollient, humectant helps skin retain moisture. You can find this in skin care products where moisturizing is desired, such body lotions, facial cleansers, and facial moisturizers. Humectant is also known as Sorbitol or glycerin.

    5. Non-comedogenic

    Although this is technically not a skin care ingredient, the label “Non-comedogenic” indicates that the product has been shown through clinical testing not to clog pores. You can see this label in products in skin care that work for young, balanced, and healthy skin.

Of course, time and again, there comes out products claiming to be the skin care that work for you. If you are unfamiliar with certain ingredients, it is best to research these first, or ask your dermatologist.

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