Many factors play a role in which skincare products you should select. Generally speaking, the more natural and less toxic a product the more likely it is that the product can offer some level of protection for your skin. But it still pays to do some research and to choose a product that is well respected for its promised benefits. A good place to start is with the American Academy of Dermatologists. Here are some of their recommendations for choosing the right products for your skin.
Sunscreen Is Most Important
Both wrinkles and age spots can be caused by sun exposure. According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, the most important type of product to look for is sunscreen. No matter what type of product you plan to buy, it should contain sunscreen and offer the highest level of UV protection. The organization recommends:
- Water resistant sunscreens
- Broad-spectrum protection with both UVB and UVA protection
- Sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher
Ingredients to Look for in Skincare Products
It also is important to take a few minutes to look at the ingredients in any product. Here are some ingredients recommended by the American Academy of Dermatologists:
- Tretinoin is a prescription product with a high level of Vitamin A-family ingredients. This is an FDA-approved product for fine lines and wrinkles and is available in the form of a topical cream.
- For dark spots, the organization recommends looking for products that contain glycolic acid, hydroquinone, L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), kojic acid, licorice extracts, N-acetylglucosamine, or niacinamide (vitamin B3).
- Retinol is found in various anti-aging products especially those available over-the-counter. Though it is also a vitamin-A family product, it is less effective than tretinoin.
- Alpha hydroxy acids are an important ingredient to look for as well. AHA’s help to exfoliate the skin, allowing for the removal of dead skin cells. These products can help to reduce the presence of fine lines because they contain various acids including malic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid.
- Vitamin C in topical skin care products can also be a good option for the treatment of soft fine lines.
When choosing any type of skincare product, the American Academy of Dermatologists recommends paying close attention to the ingredients and comparing them closely. Products manufactured overseas can contain mercury and other dangerous ingredients. Research any ingredient found on the label to ensure you know what to expect before making any buying decision. Skincare products can be effective, but you have to make sure to carefully choose the right ones for your specific needs.