There is a lot of information in my blog about what does and does not work in the field of skincare. Information about such things as fine ingredients that really can improve the skin. Or about substances which you should avoid. About loose claims and indecipherable mock Latin. About the various skin types and complaints which come about from using incorrect, or the incorrect use of, cosmetics. But even with sufficient knowledge of ingredients, ingredients lists and your own skin, finding the right products is still a mammoth task.
The cosmetic industry is, with an annual turnover of around 220 billion dollars, one of the biggest in the world! And it is still growing. I wrote two years ago that the “average woman” uses around 9 products a day, it currently stands at 12. I am noticing though that people have lost their faith in the effectiveness of cosmetic products. It’s a pity, because despite my often critical comments, I believe more than ever in the possibilities of cosmetic products. Searching for your wonder cream…
I have written previously about the Toner (see here). There are quite a lot of discussions among Dermatologists as to whether using a Toner is worthwhile. I can understand why some experts are doubtful about this. There are many which are mainly just water with a hint of colour and fragrance. And if you are unfortunate there is also a large amount of mint, eucalyptus or alcohol added (for that fresh clean feel). All of which aren’t very good for the skin.
Dead skin cells form the outermost layer of our skin. They protect us, but can also make our skin look dull and uneven. Despite this, what we actually want is to have a radiant and even complexion.
The report “self confidence from sun” was in the ‘Spits kopt’ last Monday. This emerged from market research on behalf of the tanning studio chain, Sunday’s. The comments made here were that, provided that you become tanned sensibly, there won’t be any health risks involved.
Apart from the “lucky few”, achieving lovely skin is hard work for most people. Although knowledge of products and ingredients is important, knowing your own skin is necessary! And that definitely also applies if you want to use exfoliating ingredients.
Cleopatra bathed in sour milk and the ladies of the French court used wine (this contained tartaric acid) to improve their skin. Fortunately for us we can enjoy our wine as a drink and ingredients such as lactic acid and tartaric acid are, along with glycolic acid and salicylic acid, available in various concentrations.