Most cosmetic products are now available in every price range, and the abundance of the range can cause confusion. Because exactly where is the difference between the high-priced and the inexpensive products and are premium products really better than mass-produced goods? We got to the bottom of it.
It depends on the ingredients
For some high-priced products, you admittedly pay an extra charge for expensive image and advertising campaigns. No Hollywood actor holds his face in the camera for a new cream for free. On the other hand, cheap products often contain only a minimal amount of the specified active ingredient, so that one can speak of homeopathic doses. Basically, it can be said that a product for skin care is not about the price, but above all about the quality, quantity and composition of the ingredients. A highly effective product contains a complex mixture of different active ingredients, which are perfectly matched in their composition and dosage. In order to find the optimal combination, lengthy tests and processes are required, which of course have an impact on the price, but also have a positive effect.
Nature offers us an abundance of unique active ingredients that are extracted from plants using solvents. One example is Siberian ginseng (Acanthopanax senticosus), the active ingredient of which soothes the skin, an important factor for a man, especially after shaving. Or the microalgae Chorella Vulgaris, which can bring the natural protective layer of the skin back into balance, which helps to ward off bacteria. Good care products use these little wonders of nature and are characterized by the fact that high quality standards are maintained throughout, from the original plant to the solvents and base materials. So it goes without saying that mineral oils and parabens are not used as a base because they clog the pores and have no nourishing properties.
Natural antioxidants such as vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) and vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) are an essential part of high-quality care products. Antioxidants fight free radicals, which cause cell and tissue damage and push the aging process. Free radicals are unstable molecules that lack an electron. They snatch this missing particle from healthy cells, which as a result remain damaged. Antioxidants calm down free radicals by voluntarily providing them with the missing particle. A healthy lifestyle is good protection against free radicals. A balanced diet, the avoidance of stress, adequate sleep and good vitamin-rich skin care can support the normal function of the cells and thus also contribute to clean, clear skin.
Vitamin C can do even more. It not only protects against free radicals but also supports the formation of the body's own fiber protein collagen. Collagen, the most important structural protein in the connective tissue and skin, ensures a unique combination of elasticity and elasticity. In young people, collagen is formed in large quantities and damaged structures are quickly repaired. This process slows down with age, and vitamin C levels drop. Without vitamin C, however, a functional collagen framework cannot be formed, since vitamin C is the basic prerequisite for collagen synthesis and also stimulates it. Vitamin C also affects the concentration of hyaluronic acid, which you will learn more about in the next section.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in the body. It can bind large amounts of water to itself and ensures that our joints remain steadfast even under high loads. It also helps our skin look plump and fresh. Because the natural occurrence of hyaluronic acid in the body decreases with advancing age, it can make sense to provide our skin with an extra portion of hyaluron. Various studies have come to the conclusion that hyaluronic acid can be an effective means of preventing wrinkles. However, there are different types of hyaluronic acid. The high-molecular hyaluronic acid forms a moisturizing film on the surface of the skin, but therefore only works for a short time. The low molecular weight variant and the oligo-hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, are said to have a long-term and sustainable anti-wrinkle effect. Their many times smaller molecules penetrate deeper into the skin and can thereby cause water to be stored in the connective tissue of the skin. The type and composition of the hyaluronic acids and the combination with other active ingredients are therefore decisive for the care properties and the effectiveness of a product.
While the high molecular weight, less effective hyaluronic acid can often be found in mass products, the low molecular weight hyaluronic acid are only used in products from the upper price segment.
Don't let prominent advertising faces or supposedly cheap offers blind you when you buy your care products. Instead, pay special attention to the ingredients and their dosage. A good product is characterized by a large number of high-quality natural active ingredients, the composition of which is perfectly coordinated with one another and does without potentially allergenic or proven harmful ingredients such as parabens, mineral oils or synthetic glycerin.