Before buying a body cream, always make sure that you take a closer look at its ingredients. It is better to ditch body creams that will cause dangerous health issues to your skin. Your skin products should moisturise and nourish your skin.
So, what should you be looking for in a body cream? Read on!
Antioxidants: Antioxidants contain components that promote new skin cell growth. They are found in food, supplements, and skincare products. The substances will protect your skin cells from free radical molecules. Antioxidants may improve the skin improving hydration, lowering inflammation, helping the healing process, and softening. Hence, look out for creams containing antioxidants when buying your next cream.
Sun protection: Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of how well a sunscreen will protect skin from ultraviolet (UVB) rays — the kind of radiation that causes sunburn and damages skin. SPFs help to prevent premature aging, wrinkles, and leathery skin. They also help to decrease the risk of skin cancer and sun sensitivity.
Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone bleaches your skin by reducing the number of melanocytes. Melanocytes make melanin, which is what produces your skin tone. The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control prohibits the importation, manufacturing, distribution, selling, or display for sale or offer for sale any cosmetic product that contains more than two per cent hydroquinone alone or one per cent in combination with other lightening ingredients. So, avoid hydroquinone and other bleaching products.
Heavy fragrances or multi-colour creams: You may think it’s pleasant that your lotion smells like strawberries but it is possible they are added to cover up a deficiency in the product.
Parabens: Parabens are man-made chemicals often used in small amounts as preservatives in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, foods, and beverages.
Researchers recognise parabens as chemicals that can potentially disrupt hormonal systems. Scientists are also still investigating if there is a link between parabens and breast cancer rates.
Finance: That the body products are expensive does not mean they are of quality products. Be wise.
Speak with an expert: If you are not sure of the body products to buy, please speak with a dermatologist who specialises in conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails.