Elastin and collagen are the two important skin proteins, which impart your skin its elasticity, tone and texture. Texture refers to the appearance and is decided by the number and size of the skin pores. Your skin texture – even or uneven is controlled by age, hormones and diet. Complexion, or tone (color of the skin - dark or light) and texture together contribute to the appearance of your skin.
The above factors have a well defined role in deciding the health of your skin. With time when you expose your skin to several environmental factors like sunlight, pollutants and varying lifestyle habits. These tend to take control over the changes in your skin. Cosmetic products used and other skin treatments have an important role here. Skin is the largest, most visible and most sensitive organ of our body. Maintaining healthy skin which is smooth and scar free is possible if you select and use products best suited to your skin type and concern.
Factors to consider while selecting a skin care product
For selecting appropriate products you first need to get your skin type examined and also analyze the factors taking a toll on the health of your skin. Some people lose their smooth skin because of aging related changes, while others owe this loss to sun damage or other disease or injuries. Whatever the reason, identifying and treating it at the proper time is the key to good looking skin. People generally stick to the same products and skin care routine for years. This does not always benefit your skin.
Age and skin care products
Age plays a deciding role in selecting a skin care product from many choices. Your skin type changes with age and so does its needs. Some products are specifically meant for younger skin while others are designed to benefit drier and more sensitive older skin. For instance, all the anti aging products are designed to easily and deeply penetrate the skin and mask wrinkles, blemishes, age spots and are meant for more aged skin. Vitamin C products are great for younger skin to prevent many skin conditions that affect the skin later life.
Skin type and skin care product
Another important factor is your skin type. Different products are available to suit different skin types (normal, dry, combination, oily and sensitive). Those with dry skin need products to keep the skin hydrated but those with oily skin need products which can help remove excessive oil from the skin. People with sensitive skin have to be conscious to not irritate or cause any allergies on the skin and those with combination skin need to use a combination of products.
With varying skin issues like hyper pigmentation or uneven skin tone (Obagi Nu Derm Blender) there are different products available to treat different conditions.
What goes into your skin care product?
Skin care products contain various ingredients, both natural and chemical. Each product with a specific formulation is designed to suit and benefit a particular skin type and condition. Even your life style matters a lot. So before using a product, analyze the need of your skin and read the label carefully for the precise use of that product. The right skin care product used in a proper manner has tremendous benefits to boost skin’s health whereas if a wrong combination of products is used it might further add to the trouble.
Naomi Andrews is a skin care expert from Hawaii. She has gained training for many facial treatments, anti aging treatments, acne treatments and many other skin care and cosmetic procedures and treatments.