Skin care – all important questions answered

PD Dr. Dr. med. Ahmad Jalili
PD Dr. Dr. med. Ahmad Jalili
Skin Care
The skin is the largest organ of our body. In order to maintain a healthy, vital and smooth skin, you should care for it properly. Skin care includes a wide range of different beauty treatments and procedures that can unfold their effects in different ways. In the following we answer the most important questions about skin care and natural skin care products.

How do skin care products work?

As already indicated, the spectrum of skincare is very broad. Some products have different functions than others. How the treatment works depends on the effect you want to achieve. 

Typical goals you would like to achieve with Skin Care Treatments are, for example:

  • skin cleansing
  • skin soothing
  • skin moisturization
  • skin tightening

For each of these goals, you need an individual skin treatment that is tailored to achieve the effect.

 

Typical ingredients of skin care treatments

We recommend that you use natural skin care instead of aggressive, artificial treatments. There are some organic ingredients used in many natural skincare products. These include among others:

  • nourishing oils
  • vitamin C
  • vitamin A1
  • collagen
  • hyaluronic acid
  • coenzyme Q10

Oil is a natural key ingredient in numerous skin care treatments. Vegetable oils such as shea butter or coconut oil soften the skin and provide moisture. However, oil is not suitable for all skin types. Those who tend to have oily skin and acne should not clog their pores further.

Vitamin C can cause the skin to produce more proteins. This should make the skin more elastic. At the same time, the vitamin is said to offer a strong antioxidant effect. The everyday stress to which our skin is inevitably exposed should therefore be made less harmful by vitamin C.

Vitamin A1 is mainly used as an anti-aging treatment and should reduce the formation of wrinkles. Pure vitamin A would be even more effective, but can only be used in the context of medical treatments, as it is a prescription medication.

Collagen is an important natural protein in our body. For this reason it is also a component of many skin creams and products for your hair treat. However, the individual particles are too large to penetrate through the fine pores of our skin. Collagen-containing products can therefore only achieve a short-term effect, as the skin feels softer and more supple for a few hours.

Hyaluronic acid is often touted as a "miracle cure" and actually has many properties that are beneficial for skincare. The sugar molecule is naturally produced by our body and can bind a lot of moisture. Hyaluronic acid is therefore often used in moisturizers.

As with collagen, however, in this case the particles must not be too large to really permeate the skin. A high-quality treatment contains small molecules that have a longer lasting effect than larger molecules. The latter only provide some refreshment, but have practically no lasting effect.

Coenzyme Q10 is produced by the body itself and is said to have an antioxidant effect. It is normally produced in sufficient quantities. However, if there is a deficiency, the body's own stores can be replenished with an appropriate care product. So, if your skin is already sufficiently supplied with Q10, no effect can be expected by another treat. 

 

How long does skin care take to work?

The question how long skin care really takes to work depends on what type of skin care treatment is used.

Some products are designed to improve the appearance of the skin in the short term. Right after application, you will feel an immediate effect, but it will also quickly decrease again. This includes, for example, masks which you can apply and peel off in minutes.

Long-lasting products attach great importance to ensuring that the skin is supplied with vitamins and minerals. This effect does not occur from one day to the next. The most important factor is how stressed your skin was before you started with the skincare. However you should be able to notice initial improvements after a few weeks.

 

How long does skin care last?

In a sense, this question is the counterpart to the previous one. As already explained, there are some products that provide short lasting effects. Here, of course, the effect does not last very long.

On the other hand, there are skin care products that are suitable for permanent use. If the condition of your skin has improved, it will probably remain intact for some time. However, it makes more sense to integrate the use of skin care products into the normal daily (and nightly) routine.

 

What does the optimal skin care routine look like?

When applying skin care treatments (both during the day and at night), you should follow the sequence below:

  • skin cleansing
  • skin supply
  • skin moisturization

In order for products containing vitamins and minerals to penetrate the skin, it must be cleaned beforehand. A face brush, for example, which reliably removes impurities, is also suitable for this purpose. After applying a serum (e.g. with vitamin C), you should then provide the necessary moisture and get a pleasant result.

Especially in summer and winter your skin is exposed to special stress. While in summer you have to rely on products with UV protection, in winter the right moisturizing care is crucial. Consider this in your skin care routine.

Note: There is no right or wrong number of steps in your skin care and cleanser routine. People with heavily soiled skin may need to use more cleansing products and people with brittle skin may need to pay more attention to moisturizing. The only important thing is that you follow the mentioned sequence (cleansing, care and moisturising).

 

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