May 9, 2015

What To Look For in a Professional Quality Moisturiser

Treatment creams have come a long way in the recent years to make them more effective at delivering more dramatic results faster. Gone are the days of basic vitamin E creams or collagen cream, now we have the choice of selecting a treatment cream that can deliver the right nutrients and active cosmeceutical ingredients depending on you individual skin needs. 

Firstly, look for treatment creams available only through beauty salons and clinics. These type of formulations have been designed for professional use only and include a higher amount and stronger ingredients allowing you to gain faster results. 

Products you can buy off the shelf such as in department store, supermarket or pharmacy have been formulated with less active ingredients and/or in lower doses because the companies are aware people will buy something themselves without a consultation. Which sometimes can mean they may be purchasing a products that may not necessarily be the right fit for their skin. So they need to make sure the formulations are weaker so as not to cause issues on a skin the product was not meant for. 

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A trained beauty practitioner will examine your skin and determine the right mix of ingredients needed for a result and to support your secondary skin needs. For example, you may wish to brighten and even out pigmentation but you have a very dry skin. Typically brightening ingredients can be quite strong and a dry skin would not tolerate them well, such as glycolic and salicylic acid, however, there are others to choose from that will deliver result and not aggravate a dry skin such a niacinamide and licorice. 

Here are some active ingredients to look for in your treatment creams:

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 * Antioxidants that will help neutralize free radical damage from pollution, stress, UV, and poor lifestyle habits. Skin damaged by free radicals ages faster. e.g. white tea, green tea, ascorbic acid, retinol, lipoic acid, CoQ10, pomegranate extract, beta-glucan, tocopherol, cranberry seed oil, Bioflavonoid, polyphenols, resveratrol
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* Vitamins such as vitamin A, C, E, B3 and B5 are terrific for skin health, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, barrier repair, DNA repair, collagen production and fading pigmentation. 

* Essential fatty acids such as omegas 3,6,9 to repair and protect the skin barrier, reduce inflammation and condition the skin. Look for Flaxeed oil, chia seeds, walnut oil, soybean oil, sea buckthorn oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, argan oil, avocado oil, hemp oil and sesame oil.

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* Peptides that help improve cell communication and therefore improve the way the skin functions. There are many different peptides, some that reduce wrinkles, others boost collagen production firming the skin. The best peptides for wrinkle reduction are: Pentapeptide-18  and Acetyl hexapeptide-8. For collagen production there are a number of peptides that work very well such as palmitoyl oligopeptide, tripeptides and tetrapeptides. 

* Hydrating ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, glycerin and cedramides, plump out lines, and saturate the skin with moisture improving elasticity and penetration of other active ingredients.

* Ingredients such as Vitamin A and B3 help reverse some of the UV damage, of course in addition to the regular use of a good broad spectrum sunscreen.

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* Glycation is when sugar builds up on the collagen fibers, stiffen and cause early degradation of collagen leading to premature aging, loss of tone and wrinkling. Anti-glycation ingredients help to protect existing collagen from damage therefore delaying the aging. Look for Candle Bush extract, curcuminoids, blueberries, pomegranate, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and green tea. 

* MMPs are type of enzymes that damage proteins in our skin including collagen and elastin accelerating ageing. Using MMP inhibitors will help to protect existing collagen and elastin and delaying the signs of aging. Look for Alfalfa extract, African Tree Bark extract, Argan Tree Leaf Extract, Vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid, butcher's broom extract, white tea extract and soy extracts.

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