Many people long to keep their skin healthy and radiant by using different skincare products. Here are some recommendations for protecting your body’s largest organ.
Skincare is somewhere in the middle between medicine and cosmetics, a place that lends itself to promoting all kinds of myths, comments IBMCP researcher José Miguel Mulet, biotechnology professor at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. In an interview with EFE Salud news agency, he answered some common questions about skincare:
– Are “anti-aging creams” effective?
No substance impedes the passing of time, but this does not mean that the effects of time on our skin cannot be prevented or mitigated. It is worth noting that the most expensive product might not necessarily be the best.
– What are retinoids?
These are chemical compounds that stimulate collagen production, which is a protein that makes your skin firm. However, collagen does not pass through the skin, so it does not have a strong effect.
– Is hyaluronic acid important?
This is another common component in facial products, which is a great moisturizer, but it needs to be fragmented (or hydrolyzed) in order to pass through the skin barrier.
– What vitamins work on our skin?
Mainly vitamin C (antioxidant), E (moisturizer), and the coenzyme Q10 (also prevents oxidation).
– There is a tendency for products without parabens – are they harmful?
These are a family of molecules that are used in conservatives – “they are safe molecules.” The hormonal effects attributed to them happen when ingested, not necessarily when used on the skin.
With regard to treatments related to cosmetic medicine, Mulet warns that it is essential they be advised and applied by specialists.
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