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Cosmetics and skincare products give individuals hope. Hope that the next expensive serum will help make fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots disappear. You may be the savviest consumer, yet your optimism sometimes lures you into spilling some extra cash on the latest and more expensive skincare products.
However, despite the hope and optimism associated with placing gorgeous and expensive products on your bathroom countertop, you can’t help but wonder whether the money you spent or plan on spending on anti-ageing creams is really worth it.
Skincare is multibillion dollar industry. Several companies focus on enticing potential customers with stunning bottles, celebrity endorsements and exotic ingredients.
However, most skincare products, including anti-ageing creams, lotions and serums, contain almost the same ingredients, such as shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, plant extracts etc.
Sure, the purity, concentration and source of the active ingredients play a major role in the pricing of the end product, but so does the researching fee, advertising, patents, licenses, packaging and the brand’s position in the skincare market.
Some products boast that they contain powdered diamond or gold flakes and while this may sound incredibly fancy to some, in reality, there is no real skin benefit attached to boosting the price tag. According to a recent skin beauty article, diamond powder found in expensive skincare product played no better role in exfoliating the skin and sloughing off dead skin cells than over-the-counter creams that contained ingredients that were far less ostentatious.
Gold has been all the rage these days. It’s found is peel off masks, anti-ageing serums and exfoliants. Dermatologists agree that gold, in low quantities, can give skin a subtle shine but particles found in creams containing creams may be toxic to the skin. In fact, gold was chosen as Allergen of the Year in 2001. In this case it may be that small particle size affects the skin rather than the substance itself.
In order to get the best of everything your anti-ageing cream of choice has to offer, it helps to know how to choose the right product for your skin.
One of the top tips dermatologists and skincare enthusiasts swear by is reading the labels and looking out for active ingredients that suit your skin type. Additionally, even though this may sound boring but pulling out your smartphone and doing some quick research on some of the ingredients listed at the back of the product can pay you immensely.
Most signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines and aging spots are caused by prolonged sun exposure. If you’re looking for a cream to prevent early aging, your best bet would be to choose a moisturizer containing SPF. This doesn’t have to be anything expensive. One great example of an effective, yet affordable product with SPF is Dead Sea Spa’s Sun Safe Moisturizer with SPF 50.
You’ll also want to choose a product with potent hydrating ingredients, such as skin boosting oils and plant based extracts. One excellent example of a hydrating, anti-wrinkle serum is the Green People Hydrating Firming Serum that helps smoothen and plump ageing skin. The product contains no colorants and strong fragrances, making it an excellent choice for individuals with sensitive skin.
Skincare does not have to be expensive. In fact, most case studies performed comparing expensive anti-wrinkle creams with affordable ones found that most people chose the latter for their skincare needs because of their effectiveness and price point. We recommend reading the ingredients at the back of the products and choose items that can have a long-term impact on your skin, not the latest and greatest product that will burn a huge hole through your wallet.