HERO to ZERO Skincare

Here are some insights on how to tell a skincare zero from a hero.   
Almost without exception, when you buy a product claiming to tighten skin, its effects, if any, are due to ingredients such as film-forming agents.
Film-forming agents form a film on the skin, and can make the skin "feel" tighter. The effect is temporary and you won't see noticeable lifting of sagging skin, but the sensation is often enough to convince women that the product is working.  



Sunscreen with an SPF 30 or above is the best antiaging cream you can use. It prevents skin cancer as well as UVA rays that cause loss of collagen and wrinkles in the skin especially when reapplied every 2 hours. The best sunscreens have titanium or zinc oxide as active ingredients. 

Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which reduces free radical damage, it’s also great for anti-aging and helps brighten the skin. Apply a serum with Vitamin C in the morning underneath sunscreen. 


The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil. 
Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but its only temporary and doesn't address the root cause of the wrinkles such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage and environmental factors. 
Don't be fooled by the antiaging labels. 
Unless there is an actual "active ingredient" such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture but nothing else.

B Vitamins in Skincare Products

Many forms of vitamin B (like B12) can only be absorbed in the small intestine, so no matter how much is in your moisturizer or serum, it's not going to make a difference.
Vitamins can have an effect on the skin's texture and color, but your skin can't absorb them.
 If you really want the power of vitamin B to improve your skin's glow and appearance, stick to eating leafy greens like spinach, asparagus, beans, and peas.


Caffeine in skin creams can give a boost to your skin until it wears off…
Caffeine can temporarily reduce puffiness, especially around your eyes, but don't expect permanent results.

 Botanical Extracts 

These are ingredients extracted from plants (flowers, roots, stems, trees, etc.) used in skin care for everything from healing blemishes to reducing fine wrinkles.
They have been used for centuries and have anecdotal purposes in many cultures.
Botanical extracts need to remain on your skin in order to work, cleansers, for example, do not stay on the skin long enough for any true anti-aging benefit to take place.
Another issue is that most botanical extracts are water soluble, which means that the moment you wet your skin and begin to wash your face, they're watered down losing efficacy.
Stick to using masks or lotions using botanical extracts for true benefits.

It’s very important to do your research because there’s a lot of packaging and a lot of hype.
You can also visit your dermatologist and aesthetician who can develop a skin care regimen that works to address your skin concerns based on skin type.

Here is a blog post I did a while back on Makeup Label Myths and key words to look for when purchasing beauty products.

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