Be wary of poor quality lotions

May 03, 2019
Skin - lotion

LOTIONS, moisturizers and other beauty creams are part of basic (and daily) beauty regimen. However, not all are effective on skin. Do you always prefer strong fragrant lotions? Will the strong fragrance help?

Here are some dos and don’ts (and what to avoid) in lotions and moisturizers and to check also if it better or of inferior quality.

* Colorings and perfumes. Whether you want to moisturize dry skin, sensitive skin, or something in between, most experts suggest avoiding unnecessary and potentially irritating ingredients, like added colors and perfumes. Antibacterial agents can also be unnecessarily harsh, stripping skin of essential oils.

* Antioxidant ingredients. Lotions and moisturizers must contain antioxidants such as green tea, chamomile, pomegranate, or licorice root extract may help keep any skin type looking fresh and healthy. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals, the molecules that break down skin cells.

* Avoid with lanolin. Some moisturizers can cause skin breakouts. To prevent facial acne, avoid facial moisturizers with lanolin, mineral oil, waxes, or shea butter. These only clog pores and cause acne on the face. Moisturizers with these ingredients are appropriate for the body.

* Avoid with lactic or urea acids. If you have eczema or cracked skin, stay away from moisturizers that contain urea or lactic acids. Though these ingredients are good for very dry skin, they can aggravate skin irritation.

Use a thick moisturizing ointment containing petrolatum, or simply use petroleum jelly. Either of these will help sooth cracks and keep skin supple.