Miracle creams deliver turn- back-the-clock benefits.
Miracle creams deliver turn back-the-clock benefits
Today, creams and lotions really and deliver turn- back-the-clock benefits.
It’s time to start believing in miracles…
We stopped being cynical about miracle creams a couple of books ago,
having sent our testers ‘ anti-ageing’ lotions, potions and serums to try on half their faces.
We started to get letters back from some testers – after just a few weeks – asking if
they could advance to using the creams on both sides, as they felt their faces were starting to look ‘uneven’!
(We‘ve had the same response this time.)
Miracle moisturizing cream
So while medical doctors may sometimes pour scorn on anti-ageing creams –
‘women waste thousands in war against wrinkles’ was a recent banner headline we say: women aren’t that stupid.
(And certainly only make repeat purchases if they feel a cream has delivered what it promises.)
While prevention is always better than cure – with a diligent skincare ritual, staying out of the sun,
exercising and eating well- we truly believe that some of these creams do have an age-defying effect.
This was confirmed, yet again, by the Tried &Tested carried out for this book – which you can read on page 70.
These products are not, however, without their problems.
Any cream that has an ‘action’ – for instance, chemically exfoliating the very top layers of skin so
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that it looks brighter- may trigger a ‘re-action’.
( This is why some women experience sensitivity to ‘miracle’ creams, and can’t continue using them.)
We’d advise always getting a sample to try, wherever possible, just to establish
that you like the smell and how the product feels on your skin, and that you don’t suffer any reaction to it.
If you have sensitive skin, try a patch test on the inner arm, near
Medical doctors may sometimes pour scorn on anti-ageing creams but we say:
women aren’t that stupid
The elbow. If the beauty counter won’t give a sample,
roll up your sleeve and give yourself a patch test right there and then.
Leave the cream in place for 24 hours ( no bathing or showering allowed
sorry!) then look for any signs of redness, itching, swelling or soreness.
Tried and tested miracle face creams
It’ s not a often suffer reaction. ( Remember, just because a product is natural, doesn’t mean it won’t cause problems.
Rosehip sed oil, for instance, is rich in vitamin A – and is a potent anti-ager.
But when Jo applies this to her skin, she comes out in sore, flaky red patches,
just as she does with more chemically bases vitamin A creams.
Sarah’s eyes swell up whenever they encounter the herb eyebright.)
We’re not going to blind you with science about miracle creams.
(If you want the optional ‘science bit’, see opposite.)
We’re just going to help you take a short- cut to choices
that real women, using them in real life, have found yes really work.
Can you mix and match your skincare?
Absolutely. Don’t believe for a minute a salesperson who insists
that for maximum benefits you should slavishly use an entire range.
In most cases, products do not have ‘synergistic’ benefits
which would enhance their individual action when they are used together.
Feel free to mix and match brands, but beware of ‘overloading’ skin with anti-ageing products.
Never use both an AHA and a vitamin A-based product at the same time;
less is very definitely more here.
If in doubt, ask a skincare counter.
But be aware that it is basically their job to try and encourage you to buy
the most complicated regime, rather than point you in the direction of the simplest.
TIP: Preferable, go skincare shopping with no make- up on so that you can apply a cream to your face and see if you like it.
If that’s not possible and you can’t get your hands on a sample,
always buy the smallest size of a product first-time-round.
And if you do kind of rash or stinging – you should be entitled to a refund,
so take it back. If the sales person gives you a hard time, ask to speak to their supervisor,
then ask the name and full contact details of the MD of the manufacturer,
as well as of the store chief, and write to them both detailing what happened.)
THE ACID TEST
We’d like to give a word of caution on AHAs alpha-hydroxy or ‘fruit’ acids
which were all the rage in miracle creams a few years ago, although they are less widely used now.
(incidentally, ‘fruit acid’ is usually a misnomer.
While the impression is given that these ingredients come straight from a bowl of apples or a piece of sugar cane,
those used in most cosmetics are mostly synthetic ‘copies’ of botanicals.)
We have both experienced quite extreme reactions to these, when used over a period of time – in Jo’s case,
they triggered a recurring sensitivity after just one or two exposures to products featuring different fruit acids,
resulting in what’s almost ‘fascial dandruff’. (They do, after all, work by exfoliation.)
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If you have sensitive skin, we’d advise avoiding fruit acid-based creams – even if
the manufacturers make claims for the product’s ‘gentle’ action or use phrases like ‘buffering’ to describe
how they’ve been formulated into a product.
AHAs work by removing the top layers of skin, to reveal fresher, newer layers beneath.
(As do vitamin A-based creams.) But those 15 or so layers of our skin were put there for a reason – protection.
Whenever you use a cream that works by removing the skin’s top two or
three layers even if it does so imperceptibly – wear an SPF15 by day.