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Dry Face, Premature Skin Wrinkles: Causes and Remedies
In North America, the cosmetics industry generates between 40 to 50 billion dollars annually. Categories of cosmetics are anti-aging, personal care, sun care, and skin care for babies and acne. Many of these products are sold through flashy advertising with promises of preserving or improving the appearance of aging by treating dry skin and diminishing wrinkles. The buyer is never convinced to buy based on proven studies that have been conducted which show that these products improve the health and quality of the skin. Instead, celebrities or people with attractive skin are used to convince the buyer that this is how their skin will look after using the product regularly.
These ads never talk about improving the health of the skin, which is the only way to promote long-term anti-aging and keep skin youthful and vibrant for years to come. At best, they temporarily improve appearance but long term they promote premature aging. A study of the ingredients reveals why this is so.
Leading Dry Face and Wrinkle Creams
There are many companies that manufacture skin care products for a dry face and wrinkles that contain petroleum based ingredients because they are inexpensive and they make the skin feel soft and look smooth. Research has shown that over time these ingredients lead to premature aging and other health concerns. To make matters worse, many toxic chemicals are used, which have short-term side effects for some people, but long-term side effects for everyone.
What are the Ingredients in Your Skin Care Products Doing to your Skin?
Petroleum jelly - (petrolatum), a petroleum derivative, forms a heavy film on the surface of your skin and blocks the skin's natural breathing and excretion functions.
Paraffin wax - a hard, white material refined from petroleum by using various solvents, which also clog pores.
Ceresin - another petroleum product; it's considered a higher-grade of paraffin.
Toluene - commercially derived from petrochemicals. It can be found as a solvent in cosmetics, nail polish remover, and dyes. You will also find it as a binding agent in gasoline.
Beeswax - a sticky sealant. It attracts pollutants, dirt, and bacteria and glues them onto the skin and seals the pores.
Acetone- another petroleum derived substance. It is used to make plastic, fibers, drugs, and other chemicals. It is also used to dissolve other substances.
Solvent alcohol – Solvent alcohol in the form of propyl, isopropyl (petroleum derivatives) or SD alcohol (particularly denatured ethyl alcohol). These alcohols are very drying to the skin.
Lanolin - An oily excretion of sheep used as a lubricating ingredient in skin formulas. Extracted from the wool, lanolin has been indicated as a cause of allergic skin reactions in sensitive people. Sheep are bathed twice a year, their wool boiled down and the lanolin skimmed off the top. Imagine not washing your hair for two months, scooping off the oily substance and sticking it in your jar of moisturizer.
Collagen - although needed by the skin, it cannot be absorbed into the skin. It is an animal product that is sometimes added to cosmetics as a moisturizing agent. Collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin and can therefore clog pores, and, in some cases, cause allergic reactions. To benefit from collagen, it has to be injected into the skin.
Artificial colors - These chemicals are known to cause allergic reactions in some people.
Natural fragrances have been used for centuries to allow people to experience the aromas found in nature that they enjoy most. In recent years science has found a way to artificially simulate these fragrances. In North America, any of over 3000 chemicals may be used to make an artificial fragrance used in perfumes, lotions, deodorants, scented air fresheners, cleaners, detergents and other commonly used products. According to the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1973 these chemicals do not have to be listed on ingredients labels. Product labels only have to contain the word "fragrance" as a description for artificial fragrances.
These fragrances are actually a complex mixture of natural scents and chemicals, which most often include petrochemicals. In fact, it is estimated that 95% of the artificial fragrances marketed today are derived from petroleum by-products. Petrochemicals are known to build up in the body over time and are linked to several types of cancer and endocrine system disorders. The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics recently conducted tests with seventeen popular colognes, body sprays and perfumes that were analyzed by the Environmental Working Group. It was found that an average of fourteen chemical ingredients were unlisted in each of these products.
An average of ten of these chemicals have been found to cause unhealthy reactions such as hormone disruption, headaches, asthma, wheezing and dermatitis which is caused by inhaling and absorption through the skin.
When formulating scientists were questioned about the toxicity of these ingredients the common response was that they are only dangerous with high exposure. It may be true that most people will not experience an immediate reaction, but continued exposure causes build up of certain chemicals in body tissues over time. These chemicals include diethyl phthalate, which is linked to sperm damage, and musk ketone, which is believed to be a hormone disruptor. Among the products tested a total of twelve known hormone disruptors were found. Some products tested had seven hormone disrupting chemicals. Six of these chemicals mimicked estrogen and the seventh affected the thyroid.
Most homes are filled with products that contain artificial fragrances. Studies have shown that there are dangerous chemical interactions that take place when fragrances from cleaners, air fresheners and detergents combine during daily use in the home. In many cases, the process by which the fragrances are developed causes unintended chemical reactions, which produce other toxic chemicals like dioxin and formaldehyde. Over the last twenty years there has been a significant rise in the use of artificial fragrances. During this same time period the increase in allergies has increased dramatically.
What Exactly are "Animal By-Products?
We hear the term animal by-products all the time but who really knows what they are and where they come from? It is a nasty little secret that the cosmetics companies don't want you to know. The uneaten remains of slaughtered cows are put into giant grinders at rendering plants. Diseased animals and road kill are also thrown in. The mix is steam heated until all the fat rises to the top, which is then scooped away, refined and used in cosmetics, soaps, lubricants, candles and waxes.
Can all the Chemicals in Leading Skin Care Creams Really Treat Dryness and Wrinkles?
If knowing this is not enough to deter you from using these products, there are more than one thousand chemicals used in cosmetics according to The National Institute of Occupational Safety And Health. Some have been proven to inhibit reproduction, others slow the production of hormones and some have been found to cause cancer. Most of the chemicals found in commercially available products are associated with serious health conditions.
There are no laws requiring cosmetic companies to list all the ingredients in their products. If an ingredient is considered dangerous or controversial companies are able to label them as trade secrets. It is easily done because a company can claim that an ingredient is new and must be kept secret to prevent the competition from using it. When synthetic ingredients are listed it is because there has not yet been significant opposition to them being used.
There are millions of people today who do not understand the dangers involved with using most commercially available skin care products. The chemicals in these products change the skin’s pH levels, leading to dryness, pimples, and rashes and in many cases, burning sensations. People experiencing these side effects, switch from one unhealthy brand to another, usually looking for a product, which claims to be hypoallergenic. Allergic reactions occur when unhealthy foreign invaders try to enter the body through the skin. Products that contain petroleum based products and/or unhealthy chemicals will trigger an allergic response even if the product contains healthy ingredients.
Others are becoming more health conscious and are willing to spend a lot of money to get a safe, natural skin treatment system that will remove sagging skin, blemishes and wrinkles and will slow the aging process for years to come. Manufacturers are aware of this and will do anything to capture this market. Many leading brands now boast their products contain healthy, natural botanical ingredients. What they fail to mention is that their product still contains all the unhealthy ingredients as well. These products are formulated with parabens, which gives them a shelf life of two to three years. They are capable of destroying any microbes from forming in the product. The unfortunate side effect is that they are also toxic to human cells. Allergic reactions and dermatitis are common reactions.
Natural Anti-aging Skin Care
Scientifically formulated, natural skin care products are available in anti-aging, acne and sun care lines and skin care for babies that have been proven safe and effective and yield long-term results.
Since 1985, there has been a growing trend toward botanically based products and many companies have begun using plant-based ingredients in their products to increase sales. Today there are many companies that boast the use of botanically based ingredients.
Most companies that use these natural ingredients in their anti-aging formulations also contain ingredients that inhibit the products effectiveness. The ideal skin care product will contain safe and effective ingredients. A product can contain the most powerful anti-aging products in nature, but if the science needed to deliver those ingredients to the skin is not in the formulation, the product will be ineffective.
If a Skin Cream Contains the Right Botanicals is that Enough to Make the Product Healthy and Effective?
Many companies are adding botanicals to their products because that is what many consumers are looking for today. Any evidence that the body is effectively utilizing these botanicals is not available. These products may temporarily appear to be effective but do not offer long-term ant-aging benefits to the skin. Companies that manufacture these products spend millions of dollars on advertising and therefore cannot afford to conduct the research and development necessary to make them effective.
Instead of developing the science needed to deliver botanicals to the skin, these companies add petrochemicals like mineral oil to their skin treatment systems because it is cheap and effective at making the skin appear smooth and feel soft. Unfortunately, products with these petrochemicals do the opposite of what an anti-aging skin care system is supposed to do, which is prematurely age, the skin. Some very highly priced commercially available skin care products containing botanical ingredients claim to be able to make skin softer, firmer and look virtually creaseless in a short period of time. The problem is that these beneficial plant-based nutrients and oils are usually in a base of mineral oil, which is usually the second most abundant ingredient.
Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative and is harmful to the skin because it clogs skin pores. The skin cannot detoxify and is unable to absorb nutrients, making the beneficial ingredients ineffective which causes premature aging. The product also contains several synthetic ingredients including lanolin alcohol and isohexadecane, which are linked to toxicity of one or more body organs. Another chemical found in the product, decyl oleate could cause the formation of trans-fatty acids or trans-isomers, which are linked to free radical formation.
For a skin treatment system to be truly “anti-aging" it must contain, pure, safe and beneficial nutrients, which allow the skin to effectively absorb nutrients and dispel toxins. Ingredients proven to help with irritation, protect the pH of the skin, promote normal exfoliation and prevent inflammation.
Natural Ingredients Scientifically Formulated For Maximum Results
Recent studies have been conducted that show that the right combination of scientifically engineered, natural ingredients used in an anti-aging treatment system produces the following results: collagen production, a more youthful appearance, firming and tightening of the skin, smoothing and renewing of the skin, soft skin, collagen support which visibly firm and lift skin while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, proper skin tone, reduced puffiness and dark circles around eyes, proper skin moisture and healing of damaged skin.
For proper collagen support, the effective anti-aging system should include an internal supplement with adequate amounts of vitamin A, C, D, E, biotin, zinc, selenium and copper. The best skin treatment system available today is one that not only nourishes the skin without damaging it, but it reverses the aging process. The sun is the biggest factor affecting the rate of aging of the skin. A properly formulated skin treatment system is capable of shielding the skin from its harmful effects.
The skin is made up of elastin and collagen, which makes up the elasticity and strength of the skin. Collagen and elastin production slows down sixty five percent between the ages of twenty and eighty and the thickness of the skin decreases six percent every ten years. As the skin loses its thickness it also begins to lose its ability to hold and retain moisture causing it to age more rapidly than thick skin.
The ideal skin treatment system will contain ingredients proven to nourish skin and combat free radical damage. Key plant nutrients are available to soften and condition, protect and adjust to the skin's specific needs. Vitamin C is also available for the production of elastin and collagen.
Key ingredients to look for in an anti-aging skin treatment system:
Kojic Acid - which is a highly effective, natural skin-lightening agent that reduces the appearance of long-term sun and environmental damage.
BHA - with antioxidant properties helps to visibly tighten and smooth skin, and reduce the appearance of brown spots and fine lines.
Peptides - which increase skin thickness, produces significant quantities of collagen to restore the dermal matrix.
Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids - Alpha breaks down protein bonds, increasing cell proliferation.
Alpha Lipoic Acid - which is an antioxidant that penetrates skin quickly and absorbs into the skin's cells to increase cell metabolism.
Cold pressed virgin coconut oil - Effective at reducing wrinkles by helping to increase collagen production.