Many people believe that treatment products are ‘miracles’ in a bottle. They usually come in precious little amounts and cost you the most! Understandably, the higher the price, the higher our expectations, not to forget we’re also told by counter sales assistants that they are SO SO GOOD!
We’re likely to find many treatment products in different forms – liquid, gel, lotion, and cream – and your skin type is likely the determinant for the best form these products come in.
We see treatment products for lifting, firming, hydrating, wrinkle-erasing, whitening and a whole lot more. It’s very hard to determine their true results within a short time unfortunately. And often, you’ll have spent quite a sum before you can decide if the product has done what it promised and promises to do.
Most ladies in our climate face these main concerns: hyperpigmentation, acne and lines & wrinkles.
A popular chemical helps in these areas:
- Retinoids – a general term referring to a vast range of ingredients derived from Vit A. Retinol is a cosmetic ingredient while other retinoids such as tretinoin or adapalene are prescription-only topical ingredients.
These products help if you have sun-damaged, dry, wrinkled or acne-prone skin to a certain extent.
Retinoids can go to a deeper layer of your skin to do its work; however, it’s an irritant and can cause flaky and dry skin. As a result, not everyone who suffers from the concerns that retinol or retinoids can help, benefits from them.
The use of retinol in your cosmetics and retinoids as a topical drug needs to be monitored.
- AHA & BHA (covered in my previous post on Exfoliants) are also treatment products. Have a read here.
In the quest for fairer skin, many women try out products that contain high doses of whitening ingredients. A lot of whitening ingredients are highly controlled, for good reasons. Be very wary if a product works very quickly as its concentration can be so high that it’s not recommended for use in the long run.
To reap true benefit from a product, you’ll need to give it time to do its work. And as mentioned, one bottle may not be sufficient.
Treatment products should be a part of a regular skin care regime. Not a stand-alone product.
Should I get a treatment product?
Before you plunge into a buying spree, consider your present skin care regime and see if you really need an extra product.
- What’s your skin’s present condition like?
- What’s your skin care regime like?
- Do you use a sunblock? (If you don’t, becoming darker & getting brown spots are inevitable! Start using it!)
If it’s maintaining your skin well, then you can consider adding a product that deals with a concern.
If you’re having problems with your skin even though you’re just using a regular cleanse-tone-moisturise-sunblock regime, then you might be having problems with your basic products. Sort that out first. Introducing a treatment product may not solve the problem at all.
Finally, speak with a dermatologist and facialist about your concern. Some magazines do comparisons on products and give reviews. But bear in mind, they’re given the products to try and what’s best may not be there. Also, what works for others may not work for you. Reading up and educating yourself on this can help you save lots of money. Do some homework. Paula Begoun’s site is truly helpful in this area.