Skin care expert Paula Begoun has released a new report on her website about the Best body care products which you can read here. The report includes info about body lotions, body washes and scrubs, body sunscreen (with antioxidants), exfoliants, hand and foot creams and even self tanners – everything you need to keep your skin soft and healthy
I really like Paula’s approach of choosing skin care products based on their beneficial ingredients that actually offer real results for your skin. Besides that, she also considers if the product is available at a good/reasonable price for the quantity offered to decide its overall value as compared to similar products in the market. According to her, even the packaging is an important factor to consider and jar packaging should be avoided since the useful ingredients like antioxidants deteriorate rapidly when the product is frequently exposed to outside environment.
The only thing Paula recommends (and even offers in her own line of skin care), which I personally don’t prefer, is the use of chemical sunblock oxybenzone in sunscreens. Chemical sun filters penetrate the skin and work by absorbing UV rays and then converting them into harmless energy. Physical sun filters (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) stay on the skin surface and simply deflect away UV rays. Oxybenzone, in particular has been linked to cell damage due to the generation of free radicals when exposed to sunlight and even possible hormone disruption. The experts are still debating its safety and more research is certainly required. However, with safer options available, I don’t see any reason to risk its use. That’s why, I always go for zinc- oxide based sunscreens so I don’t agree with all of her sunscreen recommendations. That said, one thing is for sure that the benefits of using sunscreens (be it chemical or physical) far outweigh the risks associated with unprotected UV exposure. And since most of us do not apply sufficient amount of sunscreen required, it’s always better to opt for sunscreens that offer higher SPF (at least 30) to get the maximum possible protection.
Overall, I agree with her recommended body care products which are mostly fragrance free since fragrance isn’t any good for your skin even if it’s not the sensitive types. As she mentions on her website, fragrance of any kind can cause irritation and collagen breakdown—and that won’t result in younger-looking skin!