Have you ever fallen in love with a product after a few uses? Those lines and pores seem to just melt away miraculously. The skin feels so taunt, smooth and refreshed and you feel like you have finally found that moisturizer/serum to top all others. Fast forward to a few months and that miracle product is just not cutting it anymore, those lines are back, our skin is looking dull and you think, whathappened? Why is my miracle cream not working anymore?
This is the illusion created by high tech silicones, waxes, polymer, film forming agents and mica particles. These cosmetic ingredientswill trick you every time into believing that your skin has changed with their instant gratification effects. The Silicones and Mica particles will blur all the imperfections and create a luminous glow, the film forming agents can actually create a true lifting of the skin (think hair spray for the face) and high grade waxes with polymer blends can make the skin feel tight, smooth and supple. The real results from any product that claims to smooth fine lines and lift the skin will come over time- it will never be instant gratification.
Always give your product time to do the real work for your skin. A lot of cosmetic ingredients work through neocollagenesis – a natural process that the body needs to create and grow new collagen. Neocollagenesis can take up to 90 days depending on the person. When picking your products look for key ingredients that will stand the test of time due to their collagen stimulating properties:
retinols, growth factors, antioxidants, alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxyl acids and peptides
Not that we don’t like instant gratification- we love the glowy look of mica particles and pore reducing qualities of high grade silicones- but always be sure to look for key ingredients that will stand the test of time:
When picking a product- make sure you love the way it looks and feels AND check the clinical studies to make sure it has ingredients that will truly benefit your skin long term-that way you can have your cake and eat it too!