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Want to know more about the down side of anti aging skin creams? (And the upside)?

If you’re worried about your gradual ageing then you may be much more interested in anti aging skin creams than you were when you were in your 20s. The more you see the visible effects of ageing on your skin the more you begin to think about your aging skin and what to do about it.

Chances are you’ve spent hours reading the advertisements, browsing the shelves of your department store and reading women’s magazines to try and determine whether any of the anti aging skin cremes on the market actually work. There are hundreds or even thousands of aging skin care products that make all sorts of promises about reversing the effects of ageing on your skin, and the reality is that many do very little.

Unfortunately the problem is that the market for antiaging products is enormous and is worth billions of dollars. In any industry where there is that much money to be made there will be companies, often the biggest and most profitable companies, who focus on the profit rather than the product. That’s true in the anti aging and skin care industry just as it is in many other industries.

The result is a plethora of new and supposedly wonderful skin care products which are advertised to reverse premature skin aging and make you look 30 years younger. The reality is in many cases they do very little. (Though this isn’t true for all of them)

The reason is that it is very easy to make huge amounts of money by making a poor quality product that costs very little and then spending big dollars advertising it. Advertising of skin care products, particularly on television using big name stars, is highly effective and sells millions of dollars worth of products, many of which are worthless.
Anti Aging Skin Creams

That’s the bad about the skincare and anti-aging industry. Most of the big players are prepared to spend as little as possible on product quality and as much as possible on advertising because it works to make big dollars.

Now for the ugly. Not only do many of the glitzy anti aging skin creams that you see advertised do very little for your skin, they can also be damaging to your health and your skin as well.

There are many products that contain chemical ingredients which are known to cause cancer and a range of other health problems and which are also known to irritate your skin. There are petrochemical products such as mineral oil and petrolatum in anti aging skin creams and these are known to be dangerous when applied to the skin and in some cases are banned in Europe for this reason.

The reason for this is the same. These ingredients are extremely cheap to use whereas safer alternatives which are known to be effective at promoting better skin health are much more expensive. If you’d like to find out more read some of the articles listed under the categories at the right.

Now to the good news. What I said above does not apply to all anti aging products. There are companies that seek to produce high quality products and which have a different business philosophy to most of the big players. These companies, one small one in particular, seek to produce high quality products with ingredients which are known to be extremely effective at promoting skin health and which are also known to be safe.

The products that these companies make are much more expensive to produce. However they are cost competitive to buy for one reason.

These companies rarely advertise. If these companies were to produce expensive products and also to engage in television advertising to compete with the big players they would be unable to market their products at a price that was competitive in the market place. However by saving the money they would have spent on advertising and applying that to product quality they are able to produce a much higher quality product and still sell it at a comparable price.

But of course because these companies don’t advertise you won’t see anything about their products in the magazines or on the television and so chances are you won’t know them.

These companies rely on their products doing the talking. The companies understand that slow organic growth of customers who buy the products and who use them for life is still an effective long-term business strategy.

One company in particular takes this to the extreme and even offers a 100 percent money back guarantee on all of their natural anti aging skin creams (all of which are highly effective and safe to use) which allows a potential customer to try the products knowing that they have the money back guarantee to rely on if they wish.

This company honors it’s guarantee in full but is rarely called on to refund any money as customers are invariably extremely happy with the products.

I believe this company makes the finest anti aging skin creams in the world however it’s unlikely that most people will be using them any time soon because they don’t advertise.

That’s the good, the bad and the ugly of anti aging skin creams.

Certainly there is bad news but there is also good news, there are safe and effective anti aging skin creams available, you just have to know where to find them.

Petrolatum is Vaseline, and is found in hundreds of antiaging moisturizers and antiaging creams.

In keeping with our philosophy of telling our readers about dangerous ingredients in antiaging products we want to talk about Petrolatum today.

Petrolatum is found in a wide range of antiaging treatments such as antiaging creams and moisturizers. If you search the Cosmetic Safety Database you’ll find it identified in 472 moisturizers, 124 antiaging products and 193 other facial moisturizer treatments. Lets examine exactly what petrolatum is and why you should avoid anti aging products that contain petrolatum.

Petrolatum is Vaseline. It can be defined as a colloidal system of semisolid hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum. In other words it is a petroleum product. It can go by a range of names including hydrophilic petrolatum, white petrolatum, parraffin wax, parraffin jelly and petroleum jelly.

Petrolatum, or petroleum jelly, was first described when found on oil rigs. Workers found this thick gelatinous substance on the rigs and first reported that it was good for healing burns, which it isn’t.

It is included in skin care products such as antiaging creams and antiaging moisturizers because of its alleged moisturizing properties. The ability of petrolatum or white petroleum to moisturize though, is extremely limited. The major advantage of white petroleum in skin care products is that it is extremely cheap. That’s an advantage to the companies that make the products, not to  you.
Petrolatum in Antiaging Products

You can tell that petrolatum doesn’t moisturize because it doesn’t penetrate the skin. To moisturize successfully any ingredient in antiaging products needs to penetrate the skin, if it doesn’t it cannot add moisture.

Rather what it does is to coat the skin with an oily film which may help protect against some moisture loss.

Petrolatum is extremely common in all sorts of personal and beauty products that just about all of us use every day. In fact the environmental working group that does studies on the safety of many products estimates that somewhere around one out of every 14 personal products includes petrolatum.

If you search petrolatum at the Cosmetic Safety Database will find that it is listed as a low to moderate hazard being linked to cancer, contamination, non reproductive organ toxicity and more.

One of the serious worries about petrolatum in anti aging products is the problem of contamination. Concerns about petrolatum are that it can become contaminated in the manufacturing process with substances called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. (PAHs). PAHs are given a score of 10 out of 10 as a high hazard by the Cosmetic Safety Database and have been linked to a wide range of health concerns including cancer, immunotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, bioaccumulation, endocrine disruption and much more.

So whilst petrolatum itself is listed as a hazard but not a high hazard, PAHs are certainly more worrying.

Anti aging and skin care companies are not required to demonstrate to the FDA that the ingredients used in their product lines are safe and in most cases these companies do not even test to detect the existence of contaminants in their products such as PAHs.

(But not all skin care companies use petrolatum in their products!!)

In the US it seems that the laws regarding the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics, skin care and anti aging products are quite lax. In the European Union there are numerous grades of petrolatum which are listed as dangerous substances and it is only a limited range of white petroleum products that can be used in products in Europe.

Most consumers would be completely unaware that there was Vaseline in their anti aging products and that they were applying Vaseline to their face every day.

It seems incredible that antiaging products and cosmetics can contain ingredients with so many suspicions. Whether or not the risk to our health is real the truth is that there are many natural and safe alternatives but they are more expensive than ingredients such as Vaseline.

It all comes down to cost as well as the fact that so many of our personal products can be sold with ingredients in them that are suspect to our health and the FDA is not even required to test these products to establish their safety, or even that they work. Here in the US the anti aging and skin care industry know this very well and are prepared to put ingredients in their products with possible health outcomes because they can, and because they are cheap.

There is nothing stopping the big name anti-aging companies from using effective and safe natural ingredients, however these ingredients are more expensive and if they raised the price of their products, thereby reducing sales, they would suffer a reduction in profits.

However this offers an opportunity to some small companies to venture into the market and gain a toehold in an extremely competitive market by manufacturing products using high quality ingredients that are safe and effective. However the reality is that if these companies who spend much more on product quality then the big companies were to compete with the big companies on marketing budget and in particular on television advertising they would have to price their products so high that virtually no one would buy them.

So they compete differently. They don’t advertise because their money goes into product quality rather than advertising. They rely on slow organic growth of a loyal customer base which over time will grow the business to the point where word-of-mouth will start to increase sales dramatically. Happy customers keep buying the products and tell their friends, but it’s a slow path compared to saturation television advertising.

One of these in particular make what we consider to be the worlds best antiaging products, and very few people have ever heard of them because they don’t advertise.

The best anti aging products, which are far more effective than the big brand names, do not contain any chemical ingredients such as petrolatum. Rather they contain natural ingredients like oils from plants and fruits and seaweed. These are all much more expensive but are safe and highly effective at producing optimum skin health.

Hopefully, if you read our website regularly, you’ll start to learn more about the ingredients to avoid in your skin care products such as antiaging moisturizers and anti aging creams and the ingredients that are safe and effective, such as Cynergy TK, that are found only in the best anti aging products you can buy.

Xtend TK is a fine example of a safe natural alternative ingredient found only in the best anti aging skin products.

Here at Restore My Skin we like to feature products that contain ingredients that identify with our philosophy that anti aging products should use natural ingredients that are safe to use as well as effective.

We spend some time researching the wrong ingredients in anti aging products, namely ingredients which may pose risks to your health, so we also feature some of the right ingredients, namely ingredients which pose no risks to your health and which are very effective.

Today we would like to look at Xtend TK. Xtend TK is an ingredient found only in the very highest quality anti aging skin care products. It is made from natural ingredients and is safe for both your health generally and to your skin and it is exceedingly effective at improving your overall skin health as well as reducing wrinkles. And as we have said before making your skin healthier is the best way to reduce wrinkles and look younger.

You may have heard of keratin. Keratin is a structural protein that is extremely tough that is found in various parts of your body including your hair and your nails and your skin. It is extremely strong and very fibrous and is part of the reason why your skin is elastic.

Keratin is extremely important in your skin, as are both collagen and elastin. As we age our skin gradually loses our supplies of all of these important skin proteins.
Cynergy TK

As a result our skin loses it’s health and vitality and elasticity. It starts to sag and we start to look older. Our skin forms fine lines and wrinkles and just doesn’t have the glow that it seemed that it had when it was younger.

For this reason many anti aging products seek to improve the levels of keratin, collagen and elastin in our skin. If we are able to improve the levels of these proteins in our skin then the health of our skin and in particular our skin elasticity will improve thereby increasing our general skin health and also reducing wrinkles.

Many regular anti aging products contain keratin. Because keratin is found in animal products such as hooves and horns these are where the keratin for use in anti aging skin products is normally sourced. It is extracted from the horns and hooves of animals and feathers of birds using a process that relies on heat and acid to remove the keratin.

Whilst this removes the keratin this combination of heat and acid changes the form of the keratin to a form which is de-naturalized rendering it useless to the skin.

Xtend TK supplies keratin in a form that is not a de-naturalized but which is in a form that is available to the skin. It is extracted from the wool of sheep as keratin is a protein also found in sheep’s wool.

The result is a keratin which is much more available to your skin. The company that makes Xtend TK refers to it as “bio active keratin”. Functional in the sense that it is bioavailable to your skin. What this keratin does is to stimulate the production of new skin cells for a range of reasons and in particular because it contains a range of zinc protein complexes which help repair the skin.

The proteins in Xtend TK help increase the production of collagen in the skin and collagen is the protein most responsible for skin elasticity. By increasing the levels of collagen in the skin skin elasticity is improved and skin health improved. With improved skin health comes in improved ability to retain skin moisture, and all of this helps reduce wrinkles.

Studies on the effectiveness of Xtend TK show improvements in skin elasticity of around 42 percent in around 3 weeks. This is impressive indeed.

Xtend TK contains keratin sourced from the wool of sheep. It is extracted in a way that does not de-naturalize the keratin and it’s form is not changed in any way. It is safe to use as an ingredient in the highest quality anti aging skin products.

So if Xtend TK works so well why don’t the big name anti aging companies use Xtend TK in their products? Because it’s very expensive. Xtend TK is much more expensive than chemical alternatives and these companies seek to use the cheapest ingredients possible. Rather than maximize the money they spend on the products they keep the products as cheap as possible and maximize the amount spent on advertising. This is their formula for maximizing profits and it works very well.

One very small niche anti aging company called Xtend Life makes what we consider to be the worlds finest anti aging skin products. They have reversed this philosophy so that they spend the maximum amount on product quality and nothing on advertising. For this reason they make excellent quality anti aging products but chances are you’ve never heard of them because they don’t advertise on TV.

They rely on their product quality doing the talking.

We write about Xtend TK today so that you can see some comparisons between the chemical ingredients used in so many mainstream anti aging skin care products, such as parabens and petrochemical products like mineral oil, and safe natural alternatives. The products of Xtend Life contain no parabens, no mineral oil and no petrochemical products at all.

The alternative to mainstream anti aging products is such natural anti aging products as those made by Xtend Life. You won’t see them advertised on TV but they have a dedicated following of customers who have used their products, in many cases, for many years.

If you appreciate the importance of selecting anti aging skincare products that don’t contain so many of the chemical ingredients found in today’s mainstream anti aging products we can suggest you try the products of Xtend Life.

But the only way to find out is to try the products for yourself.

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