How to apply skin care products effectively for best results
Here, I will walk you through on the most effective method to applying your skin care products. In essence, a topical skin care product, such as a skin cream, gel or lotion, is a mixture of chemicals. Some of these chemicals are active ingredients (natural or synthetic substances responsible for biological action of the product), while the rest are inactive ingredients (substances that help protect and deliver active ingredients). Ultimately, the effectiveness of the product depends on whether (1) active ingredients work, and (2) whether they penetrate into your skin deeply enough and in sufficient amounts. The former depends on your choice of a product, and the latter -- at least in part -- on how you apply it.
Skin is a dynamic system whose condition and properties depend on temperature, hydration, environment and other factors. Therefore, the skin's ability to absorb topically chemicals can vary greatly.
Follow these 6 tips to ensure optimal penetration of active ingredients:
1) Cleanse your skin before applying skin care products for maximum penetration. The best time to apply skin care products is after your warm shower. You skin is throughly clean but it is also moist and should better absorb whatever you apply to it. CAUTION: Do not wash your skin with hot water as excessive heat accelerates skin aging. However, if you plan to apply potentially comedogenic products, splash some cool water onto yourself in order to close pores. Also, don’t spend too long in the shower to avoid excessive drying from chlorine in the water. Learn more on 6 steps to perfect skin
3) Warm skin absorbs ingredients better. Before applying a product, make sure your skin isn't cold. Apply a warm towel if needed. Sometimes, some creams suggest you to warm up the cream before application by rubbing the cream between your thumb and index finger to release the active ingredients.
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