Whether you’re purchasing your aging skin care products online, in the department store or at your local drugstore, you may notice one thing they all have in common: so many different ways of describing the process of getting older and how to age gracefully – if not avoid it altogether – that it can make your head spin.
Anti-wrinkle, lifting, anti-aging, toning and firming – with so many types of products and descriptions of how to get rid of wrinkles, how do you even begin the process of finding the right one? How do you differentiate between all the labels?
First, we have to take a look at the terms and what they mean. Unfortunately, this can be the most confusing step. Some products actually do perform different tasks; for example, some firming serums actually do give the illusion of firm skin, at least while the product is on your face, as it tightens the skin during short-term use. Similarly, anti -aging skin creams typically are used to prevent the onset of wrinkles and lines, while anti wrinkle face creams work to eliminate wrinkles and reduce their appearance so you appear younger than your actual age.
However, many brands use the terms “anti wrinkle” and “anti aging” interchangeably. This is something to be aware of, though these terms don’t necessarily mean the product won’t still provide your intended results. For example, regardless of whether the label describes the product as “skin cream” or “anti-wrinkle cream,” both types of cream should contain moisturizing properties, a characteristic that is good for plumping the skin and hiding signs of aging. This is because hydrated skin looks more youthful than dry, thanks to plumper cells. So regardless of what the label says, you’re still getting the intended results of looking younger.
Now that we talked about the differences between the various terms that can be used on the packaging of your products, how should you go about determining what you need in your anti- aging skin care line?
If your skin is still young and you are not yet worried about wrinkles, look for aging moisturizer and other anti -aging face creams, which will hydrate the skin and keep future wrinkles at bay for longer. However, if you already suffer from wrinkles, make an wrinkle cream your priority, and part of your beauty arsenal. The best way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles is to make sure skin is healthy, and that requires proper moisturizing and care.
Be sure to take into consideration your skin type so you can get the proper amount of moisture without encouraging excess oil production or too-dry skin, and remember that your moisture needs may change depending on the season!
by Samir Patil