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Which spa skincare products are right for you?


There are many skincare lines out there.  They have many similarities, but they can also be very different.  There are Botanical lines which are made from plants and plant extracts.  There are marine lines which are draw their ingredients from the oceans and seas.  There are skin care lines that are all natural, and then there are chemical formulations.

We have all heard of some of the ingredients that are supposed to be good in skincare products like Vitamin C, Retinol, Copper Peptides and DMAE.  Do you know what they do?  If you do not, just check the Spavelous Skin Care Terminology pages.

Products containing tretinoin are also effective in treating fine wrinkles, dark spots, or rough skin on the face caused by the damaging rays of the sun. Tretinoin works by lightening the skin, replacing older skin with newer skin, and by affecting the way the body removes skin cells that may have been harmed by the sun. Retinoid creams are one of the most effective delivery systems of tretinoin.

Alpha-hydroxy acids, which work by making dead cells on the surface of the skin and inside the pores slough off more easily, are also highly effective as anti-wrinkle treatment. Also known as AHA, alpha-hydroxy acids are found in certain plants and fruits, including sugar cane, apples, grapes, and citrus fruit. By decreasing the thickness of dead cells on the surface, a new layer of skin with a smoother texture and more uniform color can be revealed.  These compounds also encourage the production of better connective tissue under the epidermis, and retard water loss, lessening fine lines and wrinkles.

Furfuryladenine, a plant-derived compound that acts to retain water in the skin, is a promising new agent, which has also been promoted as being able to reverse the aging process. It is a non-irritating alternative for the 10% to 15% of people who are unable to tolerate tretinoin products.

Skin care ingredients to be avoided, especially for people with sensitive skin, include propylene glycol and sorbitol, which are commonly used in moisturizers as humectants to hold moisture in the skin. Although propylene glycol binds moisture to the skin, it also repels it, so in fact the skin does not receive any benefit at all from the moisturizer.

Another ingredient that can irritate the skin is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), also known as surfactants.


Surfactants lather well and are found in shampoo, toothpaste, shaving cream, laundry detergent, dish soap, and many industrial cleaning products. These should be avoided because of the way these are designed to work, surfactant molecules stay on hair and skin long after you think you've rinsed them off, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  They literally strip away fatty acids, moisture, and amino acids from your hair and skin. They increase dryness, increase roughness, and disturb the healthy growth process of new hair and skin.

To assist in this area, we have included the ratings from Skin-Deep.  What is a Skin-Deep Rating?

Skin Deep Ratings:  Come from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which launched Skin Deep in 2004.  They are an online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products. Their aim was to fill in where companies and the government leave off: companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish, and according to the EWG the government doesn't require companies to test products for safety before they're sold.   EWG's scientists built Skin Deep to be a one-of-a-kind resource, integrating their in-house collection of personal care product ingredient listings with more than 50 toxicity and regulatory databases.

Choosing a skin care line that suits you well is not as easy as it sounds. This is basically due to the deluge of skin care cosmetics flooding the market. Many of us often end up sorting through the masses with a trial and error routine. You know how that works. You purchase one skin care regimen, try it for a couple weeks or a month, and then decide if it's truly working or not. Then you repeat this process again and again until you finally discover one that improves the overall clarity, texture, and appearance of your complexion. Sound familiar yet? Well, I can state for certain that this process may not be the best. There are so many products out there and you should understand them and test them prior to making a purchase.

Here are a few of the Spa skincare lines that I have tested and a little about them so you can see if they are right for you.

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