Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

 

When you choose a facial moisturizer (or one for the body), you are really looking for a product that can do multiple tasks at one time. At the top of the list here at Kristals Cosmetics are sun protection, moisture management, and protection from free radicals. Ideally one lotion or cream should be able to do it all, but you can layer products if necessary.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

  1. Sun protection

The sun is crucial for life (and for vitamin D production) but it can also be your skin’s worst enemy, according to the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics. Sun exposure not only leads to wrinkles and “age spots,” but also contributes to potentially deadly skin cancer.

Check the label of any facial moisturizer for an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for daytime wear. Be sure you are getting broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UBV rays. Commonly available and naturally sourced sun-protective ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients may leave a white cast to your skin, so choose a thin formulation that can be easily absorbed over a heavier cream.

  1. A moisturizing/humectant combination

Dry skin will look older than supple skin, and will also feel tight and possibly even itchy or irritated. Moisturizing ingredients will help to prevent the skin from losing its all-important existing moisture. These include plant oils like coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, silicones, and animal oils (like lanolin).

Humectants attract additional external water to the skin; look for sorbitol, glycols, glycerin and sodium PCA to do this job.

A good body moisturizer with these ingredients is the ROCK CRYSTAL – Supreme Body Butter, available in Love Spells and Free Magic scents, from Kristals Cosmetics. These body butters are rich in African shea butter, beeswax, and glycerin to leave skin supple and soft from the neck down.

  1. Antioxidant power

Found in fruits, vegetables, and other naturally occurring substances (and which you can also take in vitamin supplement form), antioxidants are indispensable for preventing some of the damage that is done, daily, by unavoidable free radicals.

Tocopherol (vitamin E), lycopene (a carotenoid found in red produce), green tea, coffee berry, resveratrol (from grapes), grape seed, genistein (from soy), niacinamide (vitamin B3), vitamin A (a.k.a. retinol), and l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are all powerful antioxidants used in skincare products.

Often, antioxidants are used in combination with each other, including in our Kristals Cosmetics line of moisturizers. For example, the GOLD 24K Gold Eye Perfecting Cream from Kristals Cosmetics includes vitamin E together with vitamin A to erase fine lines and generally combat premature aging.

Another great option is the AMBER Multi-Vitamin C Hydration Cream from Kristals Cosmetics. This cream includes vitamin C and vitamin E to effectively correct skin tone and fight wrinkles.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Bathing Habits to Improve Your Skin

Bathing and showering is an essential part of your skincare routine. After all, it’s tough to look and feel your best without first being clean. We asked the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics for the habits that you should avoid.

Turns out there are right and wrong ways to bathe, and following a few unhealthy habits can actually have the opposite effect on your skin, drying you out and causing a number of problems. Fortunately, getting your bathing routine back on track is not difficult.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Bathing Habits to Improve Your Skin

#1 Using Harsh Soaps and Cleansers

Nothing’s going to dry you out faster than soap or cleanser that is overly harsh. Choose milder bars or body washes that moisturize as they clean. Rock crystal is a fantastic option for gemstone-infused cosmetics that will be gentle on your skin.

#2 Bathing in Hot Water

Along the same lines, bathing or showering in very hot water can strip the skin of essential oils and dry you out quickly. A better solution is to use lukewarm water, which doesn’t have the same drying effects on the skin.

#3 Using Bathing Accessories Too Long

Another issue that can lead to a different type of skin problem is using shower sponges, razors or towels for too long before replacing them. Over time, these items can become deposits for germs and lead to infections.

Another possibility is that they become worn and raw, which can scratch the skin and cause other forms of irritation.

#4 Not Moisturizing after Your Bath

Cleansing with a bath or a shower is always important, but the reality is that the act is always going to dry you out in some way. And the best way to counteract that effect is to always use a good body moisturizer after showering.

A good approach to this step is to lightly dab yourself off until the body is just slightly damp. Then apply the moisturizer like the ROCK CRYSTAL – Supreme Body Butter – Love Spells from Kristals Cosmetics to lock in the moisture and keep your skin well protected.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to beautifying your skin in a flash!