Some women love mineral oil, which is what we sometimes refer to as baby oil. They credit it with helping them to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy. They often use it after every shower. What the women donít know is that mineral oil serves only one purpose.
It forms a greasy layer that helps to keep the water from the shower in the skinís layers. ďOil and water donít mix.Ē It repels water.
The problem with that is that it serves to clog the pores. Perspiration cannot be released through the greasy layer. So, toxins build up and blemishes are a common result.
Mineral oil does not improve the skinís moisture content, because it is not similar to the oils produced by the skinís sebaceous glands. We usually refer to the oils as sebum.
There are some plant-based oils that are nearly identical to the skinís sebum. The best body skin tightening cream contains a number of them. Iíll tell you what the ingredients are, but you can expect to pay more for a product that contains them. The main reason that cosmetic companies use mineral oil is because it is so cheap. Not, because it is good for the skinís health.
Jojoba oil is one of the ingredients to look for. It is effective for reducing wrinkles and stretch marks. It can be used by all skin types, because it does not clog the pores, cause blemishes or allergic reactions. It is also rich in vitamin E, which helps to prevent and repair free radical damage, one of the causes of aging.
Body skin tightening cream should contain olive oil or an emulsion derived from it. It shows the closest compatibility to human sebum and helps to tighten the skinís layers by improving their moisture content. As the skinís cells become plump with moisture, you see a gradual improvement in firmness.
Grape seed oil is another ingredient to look for. Some of the best creams contain all three of these plant oils, because they work in ďsynergyĒ. In other words, they complement each other, increasing the benefits more than any single ingredient, alone.
The best body skin tightening cream will contain one more ingredient. It has been named Functional Keratin by the company that created it. In clinical trials, creams containing it have been shown to improve the skinís firmness and elasticity by 40% in less than three weeks. It works by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers.
Those fibers are primarily responsible for the skinís elasticity. The production of new ones slows down with age, which is why we start to see sagging. Luckily, it works for people that have lost a lot of weight or are trying to get rid of stretch marks.
You donít have to pay hundreds of dollars per ounce for body skin tightening cream. You will need to pay more than the drugstore varieties cost, but itís worth the cost to see the results.
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Article Added on Friday, January 22, 2010
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