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Finding the Best Skin Care Products for You

Most of the product brands in the market prey on consumers since they come with great and attractive packaging and backed with good advertising. And in the market today, there are a lot of skin care products, each claiming to be the solution to every skin care problem that makes it very appealing to consumers. And the skin care problems that these products can supposedly cure include dry skin, oily skin, acne, fine line, and any other skin ailments you might have. These skin care products are practically everywhere and they are also extensively publicized in different type of media.

Truth be known, all these skin products might be able to accomplish their claims but not all of them are safe to use because of unnecessary chemicals, parabens which is the most widely used preservative in personal care products to stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favorite cream and make ups. These skin care products also contain additives or fillers which are binders that can trigger allergic reactions, irritation, and are also know to form cancer causing compounds.

So whatever outcome you get from a skin care product you are using is irrelevant if you don’t know what ingredients are contained in it. There are products that claim to contain natural ingredients, but these too have to be investigated first. Legally, these products must have labels with the ingredients specified in descending order of their quantity. So when you read the list of ingredients, the greatest quantity is the first ingredient listed which is about 90 – 95 % of the mixture, next is 5 – 8% and finally 1-3 % for the remaining ingredients.

But not only that, consumers must also take extra care when reading through the ingredients list of natural skin care products and make sure that it does not classify a chemical substance derived from a natural source as natural. These chemical ingredients were extracted from natural products but they were eventually processed inordinately to lose all its natural components. Other than those parabens and fillers, there are also natural alternatives to chemical substances that are usually needed in natural skin care products like emollients and humectants which serves as the barrier that helps prevent dryness and protects the skin. Synthetic emollients however coats your skins and does not allow air to pass through which causes irritation. Plant oil, shea, cocoa and jojoba butter are all natural emollients would be the better choice. The kinds of natural humectants used as additive to reduce loss of moisture are glycerin, lecithin, and panthenol also known as pro vitamin B5. The animal extracts like collagen, keratin, and elastin are arguable.
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