Discount Skin Care

By: Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP, CH

The store shelves of America are lined with a vast array of skin care products. Amongst them are moisturizers, toners, astringents, cleansers, masks, anti-wrinkle creams, sunscreens, and others. Their prices range from a dollar a bottle to several hundred dollars an ounce. But is it really necessary to go broke buying skin care products? Truth be known, it really isn’t.

The ad agencies and skin care companies often give women distorted, exaggerated, and misleading information about their products. Yet, despite all the false promises, many of us continue to fork out money for products that don’t work as expected. It is disappointing and frustrating when skin care products don’t deliver what they claim.

You would be hard-pressed to find a woman in this country who hasn’t been enticed by the promises of at least one skin care product. Don’t throw your money away on ineffective, chemical-laden products that are often harmful to boot. Arm yourself with the facts concerning the myths put forth by the skin care industry, and understand the discount skin care products you can safely use to keep your skin looking and feeling great.

Debunking the Skin Care Myths

There Is No Such Thing as Deep Cleaning. You can clean your skin by soaping up with any number of products, but no matter what it says on the bottle, there is not a product in existence that will “deep clean” your skin – as in going deep into your pores to clean them out. No matter how much money you spend on a cleanser, it will not necessarily clean your skin more effectively, nor does an expensive product mean it will be gentler on your skin than a cheaper product. The truth is, the same basic cleansing ingredients are included in almost all skin care products. The best thing you can do when choosing a skin care cleanser is to find one that is designed for your type of skin and one that contains non-toxic ingredients. Try to get one that cleans well without dehydrating your skin.

A Tan Is Overrated. We live in a day in age when it is socially favorable to have a tan. Our culture values tanning, but it was not always this way. Many years ago, suntans were associated with the working class, and people wore pale skin as a badge of honor. Cultural norms change in societies, but currently, suntans are all the rage. If you really can’t live without a tan the best and healthiest way to accomplish this is to replace hydrogenated oils and trans fats in your diet with healthy oils such as flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, olive oil and coconut oil along with making sure that you are in the sun at least 30 minutes per day before10:00 AM or after 3:00 PM. You will be surprised at how nicely you will tan.

Expensive Doesn’t Mean Better. When it comes to skin care products, a high price does not always equal a better value, nor does it guarantee a more beautiful complexion. The amount of money you spend on skin care has no bearing on the appearance of your skin. Go with a safe, quality product that is not laced with toxic chemicals, such as a natural toner like Hydra-Tone™. Price aside, you do not want to be putting irritants like alcohol or acetone on your skin.

Your Skin Care Problems may Actually Be Caused by the Skin Care Products You are Using. Ever hear the saying “The cure is worse than the cause?” Unfortunately, that is often true in the world of skin care. Strong, harsh products may make a lot of promises, but in reality, they may do more harm than good. For example, certain acne products may irritate your skin and actually make the condition worse. The wrong moisturizer can make your oily skin even oilier. Many times products will contain unnecessary chemicals and additives that can trigger allergic reactions and thus irritate your skin. A lot of these problems can be avoided by choosing products that match your skin type.

Most Anti-Wrinkle Creams Are a Temporary Fix. Wrinkles are caused by the sun, aging, genetic traits, certain illnesses, and other factors. But, they do not form because of dry skin. Therefore, a moisturizer, which is basically what most anti-wrinkle creams are, will not solve your wrinkle problem. Some anti-wrinkle creams may help to hide wrinkles, but remember that the results are only temporary.

Harsh Skin Care Products can Cause Blemishes and Wrinkles. Many skin care products contain strong chemicals in an effort to offer a more effective product than the competition. The problem is that harsher is not always better. In fact, these products will irritate your skin and can result in additional inflammation, blemishes, and possibly even new wrinkles.

Less Is More. According to the advertisers, every woman needs at least a dozen different potions and lotions to use in her daily skin care routine. But the truth is that the fewer products you use to cleanse, hydrate, and protect your skin, the better off you are. The more substances you throw into the mix, the greater your chance of experiencing an allergic reaction or increased inflammation that can bring on additional skin problems.

Skin-Care Basics: What You Really Need

Ready for a very short paragraph? Here are the skin care essentials: a gentle, water-soluble cleanser; a natural toner to help close pores; a moisturizer that is designed for your skin type; and plenty of natural sunscreen (SPF of 15 or higher). That’s it!