Guest Author - Samantha Jackson
Facial skin care products are a must for millions of people around the world, while others stick to traditional beauty treatments, natural substances and exercise to maintain their skin. Others invest in complicated equipment, space-age treatments and new discoveries to tap the elusive fountain of youth, or take supplements and vitamins to beautify their bodies from the inside out. Whatever your approach, your skin will wear it as evidence.
Natural skin care ranges from do-it-yourself home treatments to organic product lines. For centuries, women used everything from olive oil, eggs, beer and lemon. Rosewater and crushed almonds were used on the skin- all with results. Melted sugar has been used instead of wax since the Egyptians were painting their faces with kohl.
If youíre afraid of using chemicals of any kind, you can find many all-natural beauty treatment recipes to make at home. Organic products that are paraben and pthalate free are a happy medium for many women who want to use the powers of nature, but keep their hands and towels clean at the same time.
Facial skin care equipment can run the gamut from a simple exfoliating sponge, to a high tech diamond coated micro-dermabrasion system. If youíre interested in the high-tech Ė there are products to renew skin, boost collagen, increase your glow and fight acne. If youíre comfortable with a little discomfort, there are countless devices and products that will give you the technological edge.
Retail Skin Care Products
There is a product for every possible skin condition or concern and there is definitely something on the market to meet your needs, whether itís anti-aging, acne-fighting, skin lightening or vitamin serums. You can treat nearly any skin concern straight from the department store.
Though you canít always trust facial skin care marketing claims, you can get a good idea of who is using which facial products by doing a bit of online research, or checking out the reviews in reputable magazines - major beauty and shopping sites post reviews, but often the best information is in the comments section below an article - here, real people with genuine experiences will weigh in on the products, reviews and objectivity of the information.
Itís not likely that a company will post lukewarm reviews of its own products, so look to larger, retail sites that have no investment in which products you choose, only in giving you the best variety, quality or selection.
Vitamins and Supplements
Many of our skin concerns can be treated long before they show up on our faces. Proper nutrition and exercise are the best beauty boosters and will usually cost us a lot less than fixing a problem or concern later. The perfect mix of vitamins and supplements has been the subject of many a bestselling book - everything from omega-3 oils to vitamin C to alpha-lipoic acid and zinc have been recommended to keep your skin perfect.
To get the perfect mix for you, talk to a dermatologist and see which approach will most benefit your inner and outer beauty.
Facial skin care products can benefit you in so many ways, the choice of which ones fit your lifestyle, budget and comfort level is ultimately up to you. Read up on skin care tips, try the things youíre comfortable with and youíll quickly find your perfect product mix.