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There are many skin care products that are available in the market. These different varieties of products have varying results on various people. This is in part, because of the varying skin types and individual body chemistry, and also, because different people may apply the same product differently. If properly applied, the same product you are using with good results may yield even better ones. Some products that you’ve crossed out as not suitable for you can even work if you know how to reap maximum benefits from it.

A skin care product, such as a skin cream, gel or lotion, is a mixture of chemicals. Some of these chemicals are active ingredients that are responsible for biological action of the product, while the rest are inactive ingredients that help protect and deliver active ingredients to the skin. How well a product works depends on whether active ingredients work, and whether they penetrate into your skin deeply enough and in sufficient amounts. To ensure optimal penetration of active ingredients, you should apply it properly. Here’s how.

Cleanse your skin before applying skin care products, more importantly if you have applied anything to your skin since your last skin cleansing or washing. The best time to apply skin care products is after you are fresh out of a warm shower or bath when your skin is clean and moist. Your skin should be more able in absorbing whatever you apply to it. However take note that you do not wash your skin with hot water as excessive heat accelerates skin aging. The water should be comfortably warm but not hot.

Apply a product when the skin is moist as active ingredients can penetrate better when they are dissolved. So don't wipe your skin dry after you cleansed or washed it if you intend to apply a product. If the skin is too wet, just pat a little with a towel. .

When cleansing your skin, don't use regular soap; use either a good moisturizing soap, like Dove Moisturizing Soap, or simply warm (but not hot) water.

The uppermost layer of the skin, called stratum corneum, is composed mostly of dry, dead cells. If the uppermost layer of the skin is too thick with dry and dead cells, active ingredients of a skin care product have trouble penetrating deeply enough to have an effect. Use a gentle scrub that provides mild exfoliation. Facial scrub should not be used more than four times a week.

While applying skin products, it is best to use short, firm strokes without rubbing or stretching the skin. It is best if you use the middle finger to apply any product. After applying, gently tap the area with your fingers for half a minute.

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