Do you have a medicine cabinet filled with half-empty lotions and potions that each promised the fountain of youth? I’ll bet many of you do. We are using more products on our skin than ever before. A YouGov poll found that 17% of women use 3-4 products per day, and 7% use six or more products per day. But is it really necessary for people who want to look young and slow down aging to use so many creams on their skin?
No. It can actually be detrimental.
The more products you use on your skin, the greater the chance that you will be exposing yourself to potentially harmful substances. Although the FDA has banned a number of dangerous ingredients from being used in beauty products, there are still many toxic substances that are being used every day. These ingredients can be potentially carcinogenic, such as formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (FRP’s), while others can disrupt the endocrine system. Benign-sounding ‘fragrance,’ can cause allergic reactions such as hives, itching, and swelling.
So how can you limit your exposure to harmful ingredients yet still keep wrinkles and aging at bay? Here's a very simple skin care routine that I recommend to my patients. It takes just two minutes every morning and evening but can keep your skin looking healthy and even make you look five years younger within weeks.