I just spent four days at three different beauty conferences. There were probably over 100 vendors with lines of at least twenty products each. So many products, only one small face. At many of the counters, I was urged to use 4-5 products at a time, each one promising different benefits.
But the skin is not like a layer cake with each new layer adding more and better flavors. The reason that the body is covered with skin is to protect the internal structures like the heart, muscles and brain. It is designed to keep stuff out, including dirt, bacteria, mold, insects and toxic chemicals. Indeed when the integrity of the skin is broken from a cut or burn, we all know its important to clean the wound and cover it to prevent infection. Its very difficult for most ingredients to pass thru the upper layers of the skin and arrive at the growing, lower levels. Applying any product, be it a lotion, serum or moisturizer, makes it much much more difficult for the next product to pass through the skin layers to get to the area where is can actuallydeliver results.
So What’s Girl Have To Do to Look Good?
Different ingredients offer different benefits. For example antioxidants protect skin structures from UV damage while hyaluronic acid is an uber moisturizer that draws and hold water in the skin. To get as many benefits as possible you have two options:
1. Combination products
Rather than using a serum with antioxidants, a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and a sunscreen with zinc oxide, look for a product that contains all three. Mixing the molecules together in one product gives all ingredients equal access to your skin. Even better, it’s a great way of stretching your beauty budget.
2. Alternate Skin Care
I’m often asked how to use Retin A, a moisturizer, a sunblock, and an antioxidant serum. Short answer, not all at the same time. For example, at night you can use Retin A and a moisturizer on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights use the antioxidant serum topped by the moisturizer, and skip the Retin A. This alterrnative application will allow even sensitive skin to use a full strength Retin A . In the morning use a moisturizer with sunscreen under your make-up. To make things even easier you can use a BB or CC cream which offers a combination of hydration, antiaging ingredients, sun protection AND foundation. You can get the benefits of four products at the price of a single item. Cool.