If finding the perfect day cream has you mystified you are not alone. Today skin care is so advanced it can be confusing. Light Diffusing Particles in new products mask flaws and make skin look luminous (RT)
Let’s start with the essentials. If you care about your health and your looks, you need apply sunscreen every day, even if you work inside. Recent studies show that even the light from your computer screen and certain light bulbs can age your skin.
The minimum SPF should be 30. I prefer 50. If you do not wear makeup you may prefer a day cream with SPF. If you wear makeup as in a primer or BB cream there will be a screen in it.
To make the most of sunscreen you want one with added anti-oxidants to help prevent and repair damage from sun pollution and stress. Anti-oxidants help your skin build collagen and prevent sagging.
Good sources of anti-oxidants are Vitamins C and E, green, black, and white teas, Resveratrol and Grape seed oil, and various botanicals. All of these are powerful anti-oxidants and very good for the skin. I like to use a variety of products so my skin gets the benefit of all of them.
Creams and lotions containing glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid used to be the dermatologists first choice for anti-aging. These alpha and beta hydroxyl acids remove the outer layer of built-up dead skin cells, keeping skin smooth and clear. They are wonderful for oily skin and can work as part of an anti-aging, anti-acne regimen.
I like glycolic acid even for my dry skin as there is ample research that shows it acts to speed up cell turnover and also helps to build collagen.
Retinols, the non-prescriptive version of vitamins, can be helpful in a day cream if you break out, but in general I prefer retinol to be used at night, such as prescription Retin A.
Day creams can also include ingredients to lighten and brighten skin. Niacinamide, also known as nicotinamide, is a form of Vitamin B3. This is a powerful anti-aging ingredient. It helps to strength skin, increase micro-circulation, and lighten age spots.
Peptides are amino acids that are used in anti-aging creams. Research has shown that peptides can help strengthen skin as well as reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I love peptide-based creams. They don’t irritate my skin and I find them very effective.
Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient I look for in all of my skin cream. It attracts and holds moisture to the skin. Glycerin, various silicones, and light-diffusing particles can help a day cream or primer “work magic” if you are over 40 or have dry skin. These ingredients are what make very expensive cult products such as Zelens eye cream that sells for $120 and Revive Intensite Volumizing Serum which sells for $600 so instantly affect. The right silicones help to smooth out imperfections. Light-diffusing particles help to disguise flaws and add luminosity.
But you don’t have to spend a fortune to get the same ingredients or results. Cosmetic giants L’Oreal and Olay offer products with similar ingredients as do many smaller skin care lines.
To find the perfect cream learn to read labels. Know your skin type and buy accordingly. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you have acne or oily skin skip rich creams. Focus on sun protection, anti-oxidants, and glycolic acids to keep skin clear and fight the signs of aging. I didn’t use anything but a glycolic acid cream, eye cream, and sun screen until I was over 50 years old.
You can read our reviews or research by entering dolcedolce.com into Google with the name of a cream or a skin care issue.
If you are unsure or have a hard time finding a good fit, shop at Sephora where you can sample before you buy. Also keep your receipts and boxes so you can return products that don’t work out. (I put the receipt into the empty box.) Ask about return policies before you buy. Drugstore creams are $25 to $30 each, and that is too expensive if you can’t return something that doesn’t work for you.
Just a few of our favourites:
Osmotics Creaseless is full of peptides and wrinkle filling spheres. This line is loved by beauty insiders for good reasons.
$85Glytone Antioxidant Anti-Aging Cream this a derma favourite with glycolic and antioxidants
$62LIFTLABLIFT + MOISTURIZE Daily Cream full of cutting edge ingredient and super moisturizers. $145
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream, SPF 30
This is a super primer that makes skin look fabulous with or without makeup. $20
Olay Regenerist Instant Fix Wrinkle Revolution Complex Primer this is a beauty bargain at $25. It contains all the right stuff sophisticated skin smoothing silicones, B3 Niacinamide and a variety of peptides. This is not a moisturizer and if you have a dry skin you may want a moisturizer or oil under it. It is new category like L’Oreal Blur “skin perfector”.
If hyperpigmentation or age spots are your issue:
Elure is the most effective product we have ever seen to eradicate stubborn age or sun spots. This line works miracles and there is no rebound as there is with hydroquinone.
For line that fights hyperpigmentation but is also anti-aging we love Lumixyl.
The four step line has a delicious botanical based cleanser, glycolic acid lotion, non-chemical, peptide- based brightening lotion, and non-chemical sun screen. There is also a great eye cream sold separately.