Skin care is the collection of medical practices that support skin health, improve its physical appearance and alleviate various skin disorders. Skin care products can be bought both over-the-counter and with a prescription. They generally include avoidance of extreme sunlight exposure, proper usage of emollients and proper use of moisturizers.
Hydroquinone has been used in various countries since the 1960’s for anti-aging, blemish and darkening purposes. It is believed to promote healthy recovery from skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. A lot of hydroquinone creams and lotions for the treatment of age spots have been developed in the last several years. These creams contain hydroquinone, which is mixed with vitamin D and other vitamins and minerals. This form of skin care products containing hydroquinone is supposed to be safe, although there are cases of serious adverse effects occurring in certain people. Most of these effects are associated with direct exposure to hydroquinone.
DMAE (dimethylaminoethanol) is also another natural ingredient that is found in many skincare products. DMAE is usually derived from rice and it is derived as an alternative to gasoline. Research studies on people who have used products containing DMAE for a long period of time reveal no harmful side effects. DMAE has become popular because of its abilities to lighten the fine lines and wrinkles. Another benefit of DMAE is that it prevents and treats acne.
A third essential component is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid plays a vital role in keeping the skin smooth and supple. A number of moisturizing products may contain hyaluronic acid as an ingredient. However, there is some evidence which shows that hyaluronic acid may help to reverse wrinkles by increasing collagen content. But, do bear in mind that there is currently no adequate scientific evidence to support this claim.
The most common natural ingredient is called DLPA (aminomethane). This substance is derived from the fossilized remains of an extinct species of shrimp. DLPA is used to increase the strength and rigidity of proteins. This may help to prevent fine lines and wrinkles by reducing the tendency for facial skin to wrinkle. It also acts as an antioxidant. The antioxidant activity of DLPA may help to prevent premature aging.
There are other ingredients like phytessence wakame, sodium hyaluronate, and dimethicone which also may benefit people suffering from premature aging. Phytessence wakame is extracted from Japanese sea algae. It has been shown to reduce wrinkles by suppressing the ability of hyaluronidase to create hyaluronic acid. Dimethicone is used in some skin care products on the market. It may benefit people who are prone to acne because it may help to control the production of sebum and thus the development of blackheads and pimples.