In today's society, looking younger has become the cornerstone of image. But don't be fooled into buying just any anti aging skin care product to achieve this goal. An effective product must do more than just feel good on your skin; it must contain the right ingredients and come from the right sources.
For example, the use of products containing parabens, such as methyl, propyl and ethyl, has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and has been known to interfere with the body's endocrine system. Despite this, many top-name skin care brands continue to use such preservatives in their anti aging skin care products because they are inexpensive and readily available. Similarly, fragrances, which can refer to thousands of different ingredients, are often toxic or cancer-causing and can also affect the body's central nervous system, negatively impacting one's personality and actions.
Conversely, ingredients such as keratin and wakame are both extremely effective components of anti aging skin care products and are, at the same time, safe enough for consumption.
Too many people meticulously read the ingredients on food that they eat, but fail to even think twice about what they apply to their skin. What many people don't realize, however, is that when a product gets absorbed through the skin, it has essentially the same effect on the body as it would if the same product was ingested.
Not only are ingredients such as keratin and wakame safe, but they are, in fact, essential ingredients to any effective anti aging skin care product. Keratin, a protein found throughout the body, plays an important role in decreasing lines and wrinkles, while at the same time increasing firmness and elasticity. Researchers recently discovered a type of keratin that is almost identical to that found in our bodies and our bodies are therefore able to use it to grow additional cells and weave more skin fibers. Known as Functional Keratin, this protein is highly effective in any skin care product.
Wakame, derived from Japanese algae, is a very potent source of vitamins and minerals. It is widely used as a nutritional supplement, and is now being incorporated into high quality skin care products. The high concentration of nutrients helps to delay the aging process of your skin, and is also completely harmless.
Finally, pay attention to where the ingredients comprising your skin care product originate. Are they artificial or natural? You should look for all natural ingredients such as vegetable-based waxes and silicones, antioxidants and vitamins, and stay away from chemicals and other potential allergens. A good manufacturer will perform various laboratory tests and extensive research on each ingredient used in their products.
Although the best anti aging skin care product may therefore end up costing more, when it comes to your skin, isn't it worth it?
Rachel Matthews is an expert on natural skin care and has been researching treatments for many years. She is a contributing editor to http://www.natural-skincare-guide.com , a site focusing on natural remedies for wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging.