Or do any of them work?
As I understand it moisturiser is mostly a mixture of oil and water (forming an emulsion). It works by forming a layer on the skin which traps the moisture and stops the skin drying out. This is the same whether you get an expensive or cheap product.
When they throw in the sciencey bit they do things like add collagen as was mentioned before. This works by helping tighten the skin and reduces fine lines. The way it does this is quite simple, when in the pot you can think of it as a along stretched out spring. Yet when you slap it on your face the collagen starts to dry out and this causes the spring to shorten, thus tightening your skin. Additionaly some companies add various vitamins or whatever, while some of these have proven clinical effects the amounts that can legally be added to cosmetics are next to useless.
The way for ladies to keep wrinkle free is to keep out of the sun - end of.
Its why my butt is wrinkle free.
See what you think.....
interesting Vixx -just wonderin' who funded this study?
another danger was suggested. If there is an active ingredient, what gets sold in the shop may not contain enough of it. However, when it is seen to contain the active ingredient at whatever level, a product would sell well.
I know. From what I understand from a research study I read a while back, apparently the expense of the cream didn't matter as long as it was predominantly Vitamin A within it. Cheaper creams did the same as the expensive ones.
I use natural products from Origins. They are expensive but have to be used sparingly, so they last longer but have no petrochemicals in them.
Here's another interesting report....
I guess the key thing is to find something that feels and smells nice and doesn't irritate your skin whilst having a bit of sun protection. Oh, and something sweat proof would be nice although impossible.
I struggle to be honest. Always end up being sandpapered with salt after a run and pick up freckles after running in the worst weather but if I use anything with an spf in it I end up sweating even more than normal.
I use an origins one from time to time - white tea somethng or other. Really nice composition and seems to keep the wind off a bit (if that makes sense).
Nothing beats teenage spot cream even as an almost 40 something
Hoose - reading this made me wonder how 'independent' the researchers were.....
Seems that the study mentioned in the BBC article isn't clearly reported. From looking it up online they added retinol to a regular moisturiser with none in ie the reserachers made their own cream. So they dont show the effect using over the counter moisturiser. Its discussed here
Retinol and skin care
However creams containing high levels of retinol are only given if you have a prescription. So the question becomes, are the levels of retinol high enough in over the conunter creams to do any good? My guess is probably not.
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