It is one of those products that everyone has used and still using, a day cream, and it seems such a common skincare product for us that we often forget how important it is for our skin or we neglect to try and find a day cream that will provide our skin with all those necessary for the day nutrients that will effectively protect our skin from daily environmental risks and other type of problems keeping it at its best.
So, what are those functions that we should be seeking when interested in buying an effective day cream? Let’s see!
Antioxidants in skincare are substances which neutralize those bad free radicals that are mainly responsible for premature skin aging, so therefore they protect our skin from aging and other deteriorating factors.
Other benefits of looking for antioxidants in our day creams include making our sunscreens even more effective, boosting collagen production, both calming and protecting our skin from irritation. Therefore, it is understood how important antioxidants are when they enhance our skincare products including day creams.
You can benefit from antioxidants in day creams in the form of vitamins A, C and E but also when you buy products which contain Beta Carotene, Coenzyme Q10, alpha lipoic acid and Glutathione which is a tripeptide that becomes even more drastic when combined with vitamin C.
Potent antioxidants also include selenium, green tea, pomegranate, soy extract and resveratrol. High concentrations of various antioxidants in a day cream make the formula even more effective.
If you have not heard about this term before, let me explain that it has to do with substances naturally occurring in our bodies and which are also contained in skincare products.
Since these substances are formed by our bodies and therefore are compatible with our skin, they can reinforce the skin’s natural functions and prolong its even, healthy and smooth texture for longer.
More specifically, they prevent hydration loss from the upper layer of our skin, boost cell turnover which is the main anti aging function as well as protect the skin from the oxidative stress caused by the environment.
Ingredients that have biomemetic function and you can highly benefit your skincare with are ceramides, fatty acids, hyaluronic acid, collagen, elastin, peptides, amino acids, lecithin, glycerin and polysaccharides.
Cell degeneration which leads to aging is caused by biological, hormonal and environmental factors. Ingredients that promote a good intracellular communication which delays aging include hyaluronic acid, retinol, niacinamides, synthetic peptides and lecithin.
One of those deteriorating factors which age our skin is, unfortunately, the sun. So, we understand how important it is for the day cream that we use when exposed to the sun to have sun protection properties.
It is always best to apply these type of day creams on all the skin areas that are mostly exposed to the UV radiation like our face, neck and hands.
Apart from the day cream ingredients which are essential in the effectiveness of the product, another very important feature in a good day cream is its texture which has to suit people’s different types of skin.
So, while dry types of skin prefer rich more protective creams, combination or normal types of skin prefer light texture emulsion day creams. Oily types of skin need oil free formulas which can hydrate but without leaving any oiliness on the skin.
Prone to blemishes but also combination and oily types of skin are also better with non comedogenic creams which don’t clog the skin pores.
In conclusion, those are some features that you need to look for in a day cream. If you are in your 20’s, you might not need all of the above features necessarily but at older ages you will surely need all of them.