Skin Care System

Skin Care System

Developing an individual skin care system can help you maintain a more youthful glow that your friends are sure to notice. Ever since humans first became self-aware about personal hygiene and appearance there has end to extremes that some people will go to in order to improve their looks. For thousands of years and in almost every culture, different concoctions and treatments have been applied to the skin and ingested in an attempt to maintain youth and beauty. There been tremendous advances in skin care with some products that really work and others that may not live up to the hype.

Alpha Hydroxyl Acid

It is said that the Egyptian queen Cleopatra used sour milk as a skin treatment often bathing in it and applying it to her face and it would appear that Cleo may have been on to something centuries ago. As it turns out, sour milk can contain high amounts of lactic acid that just happens to be one of several types of alpha hydroxyl acid. AHA is a substance that has gained a great deal of popularity recently in the battle against skin aging.

Referred to as a fruit acid or glycolic acid, the AHA used in cosmetic products is very often derived from sugar crops like sugar beets and sugar cane. Other sources of AHA include lactic acid from dairy products and citric acid derived from citrus fruits. The simple explanation for how AHA works on the skin is that it acts as an acid, helping to defoliate the top layer of skin by removing dead skin cells.

Sunscreens

The general rule of thumb when it comes to sunscreen is the higher the SPF or sun protection factor the better. The factor is calculated rather simply, by assuming that with no protection, it takes ten minutes for the sun to turn fair, unprotected skin red. Armed with that knowledge you can see how effective the SPF rating might be. A product with an SPF of four means it will take forty minutes for the sun to turn skin red.

Higher on the scale, using a product with an SPF of 30 means it will take the sun three hundred minutes or about five hours to turn your skin red. Now this information is not intended to be a substitute for adequately protecting yourself but is used merely to make the point that using a product with a higher SPF rating may afford more protection than a product with a lower SPF rating and is certainly better than not using sunscreen at all.

Vitamin E

The simple truth is that topical applications of vitamin E will not treat or cure skin conditions. Now this is not to say that applying a cream that contains a small amount of vitamin E will help or harm. There are a number of creams, lotions and compounds on the market that will help keep your skin soft and hydrated. Whether you use a simple petroleum jelly, an expensive cream or something in between, your skin will thank you. Do not be taken in by miracle claims for any particular product, certainly when it comes to topical applications of vitamin E. If you are convinced that E will help know that there is not difference between so-called natural vitamin E and the synthetically produced variety, expect perhaps the price.