(WTNH) — Moisturizers are important and overwhelming, but not essential depending on a person’s skin type. The important thing to remember are active ingredients. Sonita M. Sadio, MD breaks down the key things to look for when buying moisturizers
1) Learn to check that ingredient list when you are buying on line or turn the bottle over. In a moisturizer look for ingredients such as ceramides and hyalouronic acid
2.) During the day SPF. Go with a physical blocker such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. The least sexy anti-aging ingredient is the most important.
3) Consider boosters. A great moisturizer is a relatively simple product that need not be expensive, but your needs can change over time. There are products available on the market now that allow you to “boost” that moisturizer you love with a proper retinoid, a facial oil at night for an extra boost in winter at night, hyaluronic acid for an extra kick during the day, or even an SPF.
4) A great moisturizer is pretty basic. But you need to get active ingredients into your regimen as well: vitamin C, exfoliants such as glycolic or salicylic acid, and retinoids plus sunscreen are non-negotiable as far as I’m concerned. Over time these ingredients are extremely powerful anti-agers that will really keep people guessing. But you’ve got to use them regularly, like brushing your teeth or washing your face. Make it a habit.
Dr. Sadio is a fully trained plastic surgeon who trained at Yale, Harvard University, Georgetown, and the Mayo Clinic. She is one of few plastic surgeons with training exclusively in Aesthetics. After performing many facelifts she was inspired to create a regimen for younger women to help them avoid surgery down the road. She practices privately in Manhattan.
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