Skin Care December 21, 2015

Biggest Skincare Questions of 2015

Woman getting her skin examined by a dermatologist

With the year only weeks away from wrapping up, the results have all been tallied as to “the best,” “the worst, ”the biggest,” “the smallest,” “most likely,” “least likely,” and an almost never ending list of other 2015 superlatives that will go down in history as the year’s totals, in year-defining preferences and trends. In the cosmetics industry, the contemporary consumers of today–being so much more savvy than their predecessors–have shown their stuff, as evidenced by the greater depth of the questions they most frequently pose regarding the full realm as it applies to them.

So Many Options for Today’s Skincare Relief
Today’s women have a world of options for addressing every little detail of skin care, with an almost countless array of product types and brands from which they can choose. The questions these consumers of cosmetics most frequently asked is telling–about where their main concerns reside, and at the same time reveal how much they’ve learned about the dynamics of skin care to best agree with the different types of skin there are. Among the most prominently asked questions by skincare shoppers, the pros have formed a consensus on what they’ve all experienced, across the board in 2015. Most of these will not be surprising, from such a well-informed generation.

  • Why do some manufacturers of skincare products include potentially harmful ingredients in their formulations? Unfortunately, at least until it became news, many manufacturers might have begun with a good product, but due to a variety of issues, have added these not so good ingredients to their formulas. It’s all about increasing revenues. This is not a bad thing, as without the profits, the brand would cease to exist–go belly up. Adding ingredients that extend shelf life parlays into far less product loss. And the appearance of any product is major, in terms of appealing to consumers. Among the less favorable ingredients are chemicals that emulsify the ingredients and keep them that way, instead of the visual of an unsightly product separation. Some are added merely for coloring and fragrances. There are better components for all these aspects, but they cost more. Many manufacturers are responding by moving to the safer ingredients, and offsetting the expense by raising the price of their products.
  • What is the best form of sunscreen for my face? Many skincare products and foundations today come with sun protection, built-in. It’s always best to not rely on this, as not every sunscreen formulation is equal. Go no lower than SPF of 30, and get one that includes titanium dioxide or zinc oxide for unsurpassed protection. And wear it every day, year-round.
  • Is it really all that important to toss out makeup and skincare products according to industry warnings? While there can always be certain exceptions to many rules, there’s just too much at stake here, to continue using a product that could cause harm to your skin. Certainly, the manner in which any such product is stored will have a bearing on its shelf life and general condition. While it may seem like a pitiful waste to the more frugal consumer, timely tossing can actually prevent far more costly remedies for all the potential dangers lurking in ignoring “use by” info.
  • How Do Oil-Free Moisturizers Work? Occlusion or the process of your skin’s ability to retain moisture is more what moisturizers do. While most feel like they provide hydration, they’re doing the real work of preventing your skin from losing valuable moisture from deep within. Oils offer a superior method of accomplishing this–not because they “oil up” the skin, but because they create a moisture-sealing barrier for the skin. There are many equally effective non-oil ingredients that give oil free moisturizers their power. In addition to specific barrier ingredients, both types require humectants, which work to pull in moisture from the environment for added, topical hydration. Oil-free moisturizers are great for people with normal to oily skin.

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