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Be Wise When Choosing Anti-aging Skin Care Products

Be Wise When Choosing Anti-aging Skin Care Products 5/3/19



Advertisements for anti-aging skin care products are plentiful on TV, in magazines, and on social media.  To make wise choices, it is important to be armed with accurate information.  The American Academy of Dermatology offers these tips for selecting anti-aging skin-care products:

  • Start with sunscreen and moisturizer. The sunscreen should be broad spectrum and waterproof, and have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. An anti-aging moisturizer helps minimize fine lines and is the “secret ingredient” in many anti-aging products.
  • Treat your No. 1 aging skin concern, whether it is wrinkles, age spots, dryness or another issue. Start with one product because using several products at the same time can irritate your skin. No one product can treat all signs of aging on skin.
  • Buy a product formulated for your skin type. If you have oily, dry or sensitive skin, buy the appropriate product.
  • Read product labels and select products that offer the following:
                - Hypoallergenic – the product still can cause an allergic reaction but the risk is reduced
                - Non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic – does not cause acne
                - Consumer hotline – for contacting the company if you have any questions
  • Have realistic expectations. Remember that antiaging skin-care products deliver modest results.
  • Select a product in your price range. A higher price does not mean it is a more effective product.
  • Give it time to work. You may need to use the product for six to eight weeks or longer to see results. You must continue to use the product if you want to see continued results.
  • Check out www.aad.org/public for more information from the American Academy of Dermatology.

NDSU Extension provides reliable online information about skin health and nourishing your skin at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/nourishyourbody/skin.

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