When it comes to anti-aging moisturizer use is extremely important. But, there are some common moisturizers that you should avoid and some less common ones that you should look for. Read on to learn all about them.
Petrolatum is, by far, the most common ingredient in lotions and creams. Its the same thing as petroleum jelly. It does not moisturize, because it does not penetrate. It can help prevent diaper rash, because it prevents moisture from entering the skin.
Mineral oils are simply liquid petrolatum. They should not be included in anti-aging moisturizer, because with regular use they cause excessive dryness, destroy the natural pH balance and inhibit the bodys natural ability to create new skin cells and fibers.
Petrolatum and other oils derived from petroleum byproducts are not similar to the skins own sebum. It is the sebum that provides natural moisture and protects the skin from damage.
On the other hand, some vegetable and plant oils are very similar to human sebum, so they are very moisturizing. Similarly, waxes from plants help to prevent moisture loss and some of the oils and waxes balance sebum production, so that the skin is neither too dry, nor too oily. Theres your solution for combination skin-types.
For the body, men and women can use the same anti-aging moisturizer. The best ones contain numerous moisturizers, vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients that promote the production of fibers and cells.
Ingredients to look for include:
Protein peptides, because the skins layers are actually a tightly woven mesh of amino acid proteins.
Coenzyme Q10 and natural vitamin E in an ultrafine solution that can penetrate deeply to stop free radical formation.
Wakame kelp, because it blocks enzymatic activity that lowers the skins protein levels.
Honey, because it is naturally healing, has antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic activity.
Olive oil, because it most closely resembles sebum.
Jojoba oil, because it balances sebum production, evening out the dry and oily patches.
Grape seed oil, because of its antioxidant activity and its essential fatty acids. It has been shown to reduce stretch marks, which are in actuality similar to wrinkles.
Vitamin B5 because it provides natural protection from the sun and enhances the tanning process.
Both men and women should use a daily anti-aging moisturizer on their face, but their needs are a bit different. Men tend to have excessive redness and inflammation. Women may have some inflammation, but since they dont shaver their faces, they have less irritation.
Many of the ingredients are the same as the ones you would use on your body to what you would use on your, for men, there are a couple of others that relieve burns from razors, as well as overexposure to the sun. Instead of using after shave lotion, use an anti-aging moisturizer that contains capuacu butter and witch hazel.
For women, a special passion fruit extract makes the skin feel soft and velvety while balancing sebum production, so it works really well under make-up. The use of anti-aging moisturizer is very important, but only if it contains the right ingredients.