What You Should Know About the Facial Care Market – 3 Key Substances to Keep Away From Your Face

If you are reading this, I will bet you already know something about the facial care market.  Like me, you might have tried a few (or more) products, and while some provide good results others fail to deliver on their promises.

It is true, the facial care market is a highly lucrative industry that generates millions of dollars each year.  Consumers are flocking to facial skin care products like never before, eager to find the best solutions to things like under eye circles, puffy eye bags, and crow’s feet.

But what if I told you that many of the ingredients in these products do not help your skin?  Unfortunately, it is true. While many of the ingredients manufacturers tout on the fronts of their bottles might be great for skin, there are often a lot of additives in these products on the facial care market which harm skin and could potentially make you sick.

What are these additives?  Here is a list:

1.  Fragrances – Sure you would like to smell good, but do you really need sweet smells on every square inch of your body?  Most manufacturers in the facial care market think you do.  But creating these smells in facial creams involves adding chemicals which irritate skin, negating the reason why you apply the product in the first place.  If you want to smell good, wear perfume or cologne and stay away from fragrances in skin products. 

2.  Mineral Oils – Believe it or not, mineral oils are produced from petroleum sources, the same place we get gasoline that powers our cars.  Mineral oils clog up our skin’s pores, particularly on the face, causing spots to form.  It is amazing how many facial creams contain mineral oils.  The latest studies link mineral oils to cancer.  Stay away from products containing mineral oils at all costs.

3.  Parabens – Parabens are often a preservative in plenty of skin products, allowing them to last longer without going bad.  Unfortunately, parabens, especially those in the facial care market have also been linked to cancer, influence estrogen levels, and accumulate in tissues.  Products containing parabens basically indicate a long shelf life, and are most likely to have a high number of unnatural substances. 

Since a great amount of the substances your skin absorbs eventually makes it to the blood stream, it is essential to both skin and overall health that skin products contain natural substances. 

Look for substances such as Cynergy TK which naturally stimulates the amount of collagen and elastin in skin.  Phytessence Wakame is another powerful natural substance–it contains a high amount of B vitamins and has 15 times more calcium than milk.  Moreover, Phytessence Wakame stops the degradation of the skin’s hyaluronic acid, which is responsible for “holding water” in skin to give it volume and elasticity.

Plenty of options exist in the facial care market.  Be sure to do your research and follow the tips above when buying that next facial product.  By avoiding many of the harmful substances mentioned here, and by exposing your skin to all natural ingredients, you will be doing your skin a significant favor, and will reap the results in the long run.

Skin Care Tips For Tired Puffy Looking Eyes

“What’s the matter, didn’t you get enough sleep last night?”

Everyone is likely to hear that question a few times during their lives. No one wants to hear it after getting a full night’s rest though. If this happens to you, chances are it is due to bags or dark circles under your eyes.

When meeting someone for the first time people focus immediately on the face, and, what part of the face do they notice? The eyes. The most common problems that affect the area around the eyes are bags, circles, and crow’s feet. Any of these skin problems can make you look older than you are or tired, neither of which make the best first impression.

Bags under the eyes are caused by fat deposits or fluid retention. Fluid retention is typically caused by a salty diet, smoking, fatigue and sleeping. Fatty deposits tend to be hereditary, but can be kept in check by following the same tips for fluid retention.

These tips will help minimize or eliminate bags under your eyes…

Avoid eye products and makeup that aggravate the problem

Avoid stress

Drink lots of water to flush excess salt from your system

Get plenty of sleep

Quit smoking

Reduce your salt intake to prevent fluid retention

Sleep with extra pillows and let gravity work its magic

Thoroughly remove all eye makeup

Even small traces of eye makeup can cause the skin to react negatively, leading to bags. You can tell when all of your eye makeup has been removed when your cleansing pad shows no trace of makeup after going over your face.

Dark circles under the eyes are primarily caused by excess fat under the eye. These can be caused by heredity, allergies, lack of sleep, hormonal changes, sunlight, and aging.

Reduce dark circles under your eyes with these tips…

Apply a non-shiny concealer to lighten the circles

Get plenty of sleep

Talk to your doctor about possible hormonal causes

Treat your allergies

Use sunscreen

Wear sunglasses

A few words about sunglasses. Choose sunglasses with full ultraviolet protection, both UVA and UVB, to shield against the damaging spectrum of the sun’s rays. You cannot judge UV protection by the cost of the sunglasses. Look for a tag that certifies 100% UVA and UVB protection. Lenses that cover the entire eye will also help in preventing…

Crow’s feet are tiny wrinkles around the eyes. They are caused by overexposure to the sun, the breakdown of collagen, or repetitive muscle movement (such as smiling or squinting). There are many products available that help reduce crow’s feet. Before buying them try some of the following tips to battle crow’s feet…

Avoid squinting

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

Keep hydrated

Wear sunglasses, (See above for tips on sunglasses)


Even though smiling repetitively can create fine lines around the eyes – don’t stop doing it. There are too many other benefits to give it up. Besides, treating crow’s feet with the other methods listed here will give you something to smile about.

In closing, here are a few more general thoughts and tips to help your eyes. Sleeping on your back with prevent pooling, and keep your face from being repeatedly contorted. Cool chamomile tea bags on the
eyes are soothing and improve appearance. Over the counter eye gels work for some, but you may have to try a few to find the one that works best for you. After all, you deserve the best and taking the time to find it is worth it.