The selection of face creams on the market today is virtually unlimited. Day creams and night creams, cleansing creams and moisturizing creams, anti-aging creams and sun-block creams are some of the types that one will see, and choosing the right kind to use can sometimes be difficult. This is a discussion of certain kinds of face cream to help you decide.
Cold cream was so named because of the feeling of coolness that it leaves on the skin. It serves as a moisturizing cream and a cleansing cream at the same time. It was invented by Galen, a physician who lived in Greece in AD 129 to 200, and is probably the oldest known face cream. Beeswax, essential oils, fragrance, and water are the ingredients of cold cream.
For cleansing dry to normal skin, a cleansing face cream is beneficial. It removes make up, surface residue, and dirt without making the skin dry. The proper way of using cleansing cream is to dab a small amount on the skin and massage it in with gentle, upward, circular strokes. Use water to wash it off or soft tissue to wipe it off, depending on the instructions that came with the product.
Moisturizing creams replenish the skin’s natural lipids, thereby keeping skin soft, smooth, and young-looking. This type of face cream must be used daily in order to get the full benefit from its effects, and the skin best suited to it are the normal to dry types. Some moisturizing cream manufacturers offer 2 kinds of moisturizing face cream, one for daytime use and another for night time.
Sun-block or sun-screen creams have components that protect the skin from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause premature wrinkles, unsightly age spots, sun burn, and skin cancer. Regular use of a face cream that contains sun block or sun screen will forestall sun damage and keep facial skin young-looking.
An anti-aging face cream typically contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and retinol (a form of vitamin A). Alpha hydroxy acids help reduce wrinkles, spots, and other signs of aging, sun-damaged skin through its peeling effects while retinol stimulates the renewal of skin cells. Care should be taken in using anti-aging creams because of common side effects that include burning, irritation, blistering, and discoloration of the skin.
Although most have been extensively tested and are generally safe, any face cream should be tried before use. A small amount applied to the skin, left for 24 to 48 hours, will show what effects the cream has on the individual. A doctor should be consulted in the case of anti-aging creams as these pose greater risk to the skin.
Finding the best face cream for an individual’s requirements can take more than a bit of time and effort. However, because the result is healthy, great-looking skin, it will certainly bring great rewards.