Very few people can accomplish their skin care goals with a single face cream. If you are seeking serious results like removing wrinkles or acne scars, you will need to use several different skin care products that are designed to do different things. Even if you are just looking to slow aging or alleviate dry skin, you should consider using multiple facial creams at different times of the day or week, including one that contains sunblock. If done correctly, you can get better from your favorite creams by adding additional products that enhance the results. An example of this is adding a face cream with renewing ingredients like Vitamin C to follow up a cream that exfoliates with glycolic acid.
How to Use Exfoliating Facial Creams
An exfoliating face cream contains an ingredient that removes dead skin cells and other dirt and debris that cling to the surface of the skin. It can be either a manual exfoliator like a microdermabrasion cream that is rinsed off, or a chemical exfoliator like a glycolic acid face cream that is left on the skin. Exfoliation is one part of an anti aging regimen, but it can be further damage the skin if it is the only part. Heavy exfoliation like peeling uses controlled damage to remove old skin and stimulate the body’s own healing and collagen production processes. If you don’t combine such exfoliation with a product that helps the skin heal better, you can end accelerate aging because the skin doesn’t have what it needs to repair the controlled damage.
If you are already using a exfoliating cream, especially a strong one using glycolic acid that can make the skin peel, you should add a renewing anti aging facial cream. Copper peptides (specifically, the GHK-Cu peptide) products work very well with heavy exfoliation. You can often find products that can be used immediately to a few hours after a peel. Some Vitamin C creams or serums can be used also be used shortly after peeling. However, you should wait 24-48 hours before applying a retinoid product.
If you are using a milder exfoliating cream, you are unlikely to cause significant damage. But you’ll have better results by alternating with another renewing cream at night, or following up with a Vitamin C serum or cream in the morning.
You should also use a sunblock or sunscreen with exfoliating facial creams. Exfoliation with alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s) causes your skin to become photosensitive. This means it burns far easier than normal for up to 2 weeks after the last time you used the products. If you use them daily, or several times a week, you’ve created a perpetual cycle of needing to use sunscreen. It is so important to use it daily, because you need to pamper the fresh exposed skin to get good results.
Anti Aging Facial Creams
Facial creams that contain anti aging ingredients like retinol, Vitamin C, or Copper peptides are the best choice for most people; especially those starting out with anti aging skin care products. These ingredients are actually proven to visibly improve the appearance of skin and reduce the signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sometimes sagging. Other ingredients work well too, but these 3 are a good place to start.
You can get better results from these anti aging facial creams by combining them with exfoliation. By exfoliating away the old skin, the ingredients are able to penetrate and rejuvenate the new skin. Try a microdermabrasion facial cream or an AHA product.
Copper peptides work best after peeling. In fact, many people see limited results using them alone without heavy exfoliation. Some of these products are specially designed to follow peels. This is also one of the best ingredients to get rid of acne scars.
Sometimes people use all three in their routine. Retinol and copper peptides make good night creams and can sometimes be used in the same session. Vitamin C makes a good day cream ingredient because it can reduce sun damage, but not to the extent that it can replace sunscreen. Just be sure to wait 6 hours after using copper peptides before using Vitamin C, or vice versa. These ingredients do not work well together.
Facial Creams with Sunblock and Sunscreen
Everyone should use a sunscreen or sunblock daily. Sun exposure is the number one cause of aging. If you are using anti aging ingredients such as AHA’s, retinoids, and high concentrations of Vitamin C, you need more sun protection than normal skin. Even heavy mechanical exfoliation like microdermabrasion can make your skin very sensitive to the sun.
There is a difference between sunblock and sunscreen. Sunblock is usually stronger because it causes the UV rays to reflect off of the skin. Sunscreens absorb the UV instead. Many people prefer sunblock over sun screen because it is often made with natural ingredients, unlike sunscreens, which are synthetic chemicals.
Neutral Facial Creams
Some creams are only meant to moisturize dry skin. They contain no, or low levels of rejuvenating ingredients. You may think that you don’t need a neutral cream because you are using several anti aging facial creams, but they are useful in all skin care routines. It is often beneficial to give your skin a break from active ingredients and allow it to rest for a day or so, or even a week. This is especially true for sensitive skin. Since anti aging ingredients can often lead to drier skin, you will still need moisture during these breaks. These products often contain botanicals that reduce inflammation, or other beneficial ingredients, like Vitamin E. If you have dry skin to begin with, you may need to moisturize more often than you should be using active ingredients. Don’t over use anti aging creams just to get moisture, use a neutral cream.
You’ll often get the best results by combing facial creams that are designed to do different things. Exfoliating products and rejuvenating products work well together to reduce wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, and scars. Don’t forget to use these products on your neck as well. If you spend too much effort on the face and neglect the neck, you’ll get a mismatched look that shows your age. And remember, sunblock is an essential part of an anti aging routine.