What is in Face Creams?

To be effective, anti aging face creams or natural face cream must contain compounds that augment the body’s natural production of new skin cells, collagen and elastin fibers. Another important to consider is the safety of the ingredients. Instead of causing cancer cells, you need ingredients that have been proven to fight or kill cancer cells. Wrinkles and fine lines might negatively affect your appearance, but so will the process needed to remove cancerous growths from the skin.

A lot of cosmetic makers, especially in the United States, still use chemical compounds suspected or known to cause cancer in laboratory animals, humans or both. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t stop these companies from using these dangerous compounds, but you can stop using their anti aging face cream and other products. Now there is a new on-line database called “Skin Deep” that lists the ingredients in popular cosmetics and ranks them according to their safety.

For example, Avon’s anti aging face cream contains butyl-parabens, compounds known to have estrogen-like effects and can drive the growth of cancerous tumors, getting it ranked as a high hazard by the Environmental Working Group.

Instead of using the average anti aging face creams or natural face cream from a company that isn’t concerned about your skin’s health look for something better. There are many natural compounds that are safe and have been shown to “fight” cancerous tumors instead of driving their growth. These compounds are called antioxidants. Antioxidants slow the activity of or eliminate free radicals at the cellular level.

Antioxidants slow down and reverse the oxidation process that makes skin to look old and wrinkled. The best anti aging face cream that I found contains a high number of highly active antioxidants, such as vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and less well known plant antioxidants. This natural face cream also contains essential fatty acids and proteins that make up components of the fibrous mesh that is the skin.

Take a brief look at some of these ingredients in natural face creams or natural face cream. Keratin is a protein and is one of the most important components of healthy skin. Functional Keratin is a patented form of this protein that can be easily absorbed by the skin. You might see keratin listed as an ingredient in an anti aging face cream, but unless it is Functional Keratin, it won’t penetrate deeply enough to any help. HE Q10 is an emulsion of coenzyme Q10 and vitamin E and it penetrates through many of the skin’s layers.

As it penetrates, it destroys free radicals and prevents the damage they cause. This emulsion has been shown to decrease the number of wrinkles and increase cellular activity. Wakame is extracted from Japanese sea kelp and it increases levels of hyaluronic acid, another amino acid protein that helps form the fibers of the skin. The ingredients of anti aging face creams or natural face cream are completed by natural waxes and plant oils.

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