Which cream suits me? The Great Advisor

Welche Creme passt zu mir? Der große Ratgeber

"Come on, finally confess! If you tell the truth now, you save yourself.!” It's really embarrassing that most reports about the benefits and purpose of face creams are reminiscent of a police interrogation after a crime.Whereby dermatologists take on the role of investigators and readers who are unwilling to care are portrayed as culprits.The victim is – of course – the facial skin.To mention it right at the beginning: The intention of this article is correct - but the tone makes the music.So we'll fold in the raised index finger - and provide entertaining and factual information about which skin type needs which cream, how to keep your youthful face or get it back again, keyword: anti-aging cream.And of course – why it really, really makes sense to give your face care.So then... let's go:

dandruff vs.bacon rind

Let's face the truth...right...face.What is it actually about when you deal with care? Personal vanity? Not a very nice word - but everyone should have the right to feel comfortable in their own skin.And who wants to have to endure wrinkles or furrows when you can have the smoothness of the proverbial baby bottom.Staying healthy is also an important issue: dry skin, even cracked or scaly skin, quickly becomes inflamed.You might be able to bear the itching.But eczema or neurodermatitis are also possible consequences.Nobody really wants that.By the way, the other side of the coin is too greasyskin.The much-named bacon rind is not a comparison that women and men would like to hear.In other words: care is essential so that you don't have to deal with the topics listed here in more detail.

Why does the skin no longer protect?

But why isn't our facial skin actually a self-sustaining system? Did Mother Nature screw things up there, so to speak, set one of the many predetermined breaking points that also put our lives to the test? So why do we have to protect, wash, cream, massage, cool, etc.? Civilization is to blame for this.If it weren't for the stress from UV radiation, exhaust fumes, heating air - all external influences - but also factors such as stress, insomnia, mental stress, poor nutrition - then our tissue would not know (premature) aging.Our protective shell - after all, the largest organ we have - could keep itself dazzling with moisture and fat (both self-produced).But who wants to live in a time when we were still described as hunters and gatherers...

The sun makes us old

A few tens of thousands of years forward and many dermatological findings later, it can be said with certainty: our skin needs support.And in addition to the obligatory cleaning - more on that later - it is easy to enable a minimum of care by applying a sun protection factor cream.After all, “aging ultimately begins with the first day we are exposed to the sun.” This clever sentence comes from Ulrike Blume-Peytavi, the senior physician at the clinic for dermatology at the Berlin Charité.That would clear that up.The question remains: Can the effect be stopped, maybe even reversed? Hollywood took this idea to extremes in the wonderful film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, aging lead actor Brad Pitt backwards.In reality, however, anti-aging means that you have to show commitment and acquire certain skills.

The agony of choice

The choice of cream is what is meant by “armament kit” in the first place.Which skin needs which product (not to be confused with brand)? A basic distinction is made between normal, dry, oily and combination skin.Here it is advisable to clarify with an expert which category you fall into and which needs must be met with it.But the top priority for everyone is: especially after the shower, the skin should be adequately cared for.Because hot water and the washing products used take away the moisture that is so urgently needed from the skin and wash out lipids (fats).

Now to the individual skin types:

Normal skin

Normal skin - yes, the ideal candidate (according to a study, 41 percent of all German women fall into this category).So if you want to describe normal skin in a few words, then it is characterized by a smooth, thoroughly rosy surface structure, has fine pores and shimmers gently.Anyone who now feels reminded of "Spiderman" girlfriend Zendaya is not that wrong.This skin needs creams with a balanced proportion of fat and moisture.

Dry skin

Dry skin (21 percent of German women suffer from it) occurs because the so-called skin protection barrier crumbles.Experts explain this by saying that more moisture and lipids are lost from the skin than are added.Well-known reasons for this, in addition to the ones mentioned above, are also hormonal or metabolic disorders.But the list is long - and only dermatologists can give qualified answers.However, dry skin is quickly recognizable.She looks tired and sallow, has reddened areas and sometimes has dandruff.It also becomes thinner and, in the worst case, appears parchment-like.The result can be cracks and inflammation.But it certainly leads to the formation of permanent wrinkles and furrows.Dry skin therefore requires consistent care, which first and foremost restores the moisture balance and thus rebuilds the protective barrier.Richness is the keyword here. Creams rich in aloe vera and hyaluron , perhaps combined with healing mastic oil , work wonders.

Oily skin

Oily skin (according to a survey, 6% of German women suffer from it) is caused by increased sebum production.The glands located under the skin secrete far too much sebum and thus create an oily film.What is known as the rind effect has an advantage that should not be underestimated: the skin is better protected against environmental influences and wrinkles only appear later.The disadvantage, however, is an enlargement of the pores and thus an increased susceptibility to inflammation, blackheads and acne, since bacteria can settle better.Basically, it is important to find a cream that restores balance.Not too "degreasing" (because otherwise the body's sebum production is increased), but is clearly moisturizing.It is also important to get advice from a specialist.However, the packaging note "non-comedogenic" (in English: does not clog the pores) is always important.

combination skin

Combination skin (survey: 30 percent of German women) is characterized by the fact that, for example, the T-zone is oily and greasy, but the cheeks and mouth area are rather dry.This is of course a problem for care, because finding the right balance is difficult for many products.Generally speaking, Creams should have a light, not too oily texture, they should also not clog the pores.In addition, however, further help should be used.For example, gentle scrubs that remove dead skin cells and masks with soothing ingredients that provide rich moisture.The interaction of these products results in a smooth, healthy complexion, even for combination skin.

Clean - but properly

The cleansing of the skin before creams can be applied is as different as the skin types.We name the most important tips:

1) Cleaning and creaming are one unit!

Whoever says that the skin has to be really dry after washing has no idea.The best time to apply the cream to the face is when there is still a little moisture left on it.Then the nutrients can best penetrate the pores.

2) Less is always more!

In fact, too much of a good thing is always too much.At least when it comes to care.Anyone who spreads more than a hazelnut-sized amount of cream on the face runs the risk of clogging the pores.The consequence: Impurities develop, which can lead to pimples or inflammation.

3) It's all about the technique!

If you really want to care for your face, you should think about how best to massage the cream into the tissue beforehand.A simple swipe back and forth is not enough.Professionals know: Circular, lightly massaging movements from the center of the face outwards ensure the best possible result.

4) Please wait a moment!

It's perfectly okay to use several care products one after the other - as long as the ingredients harmonize with each other.The keyword here is: one after the other.Which means: Each product has to be absorbed into the skin before the next one is used.Otherwise there is a risk that the effects will cancel each other out.

5) The order must be correct!

In the skincare regimen, order is extremely important.It's not just about whether products harmonize with each other, the following must be observed above all: First, serums or fluids are applied to the skin, followed by creams or oils.Conversely, the high fat content causes the skin to close - and thus renders the water-based textures ineffective.They simply can no longer penetrate the skin.