Face cream

Face cream

The face has always been the most exposed part of the body and the most subject to be admired or denigrated by the looks and judgments of others. For this reason, since ancient times we have tried to take care of your skin with emollient, moisturizing and exfoliating products. Face creams perform this function, i.e. cosmetic products with a fluid or very creamy consistency, obtained by mixing substances, including natural ones, with dermatologically significant effects for the skin of the face. In ancient times, women used face creams obtained from herbs and other natural substances, today, after centuries of chemistry, face creams are returning to an increasingly genuine and natural composition, obtained from herbal extracts with high moisturizing and emollient power. Of course, these products are the result of advanced technologies that aim to create creams that are increasingly effective and suitable for solving any facial blemish. With the extreme search for beauty and eternal youth at all costs, the most used face creams are the anti-wrinkle or anti-aging ones, as they are defined. In the wide range of face creams there are also those for day, night, moisturizing, emollient, anti-stress and exfoliating.

Face cream in antiquity

In ancient times, face creams obtained from natural products were used, such as silk proteins and Guam seaweeds collected by fishermen. The effectiveness and fame of these substances has remained up to the present day, so much so that many face creams contain their own silk proteins and seaweed extracts. Of course, in the past the products that were applied to the face were not similar to today’s creams, it was mostly the raw substance, extracted and processed with rudimentary and manual methods. In Roman times, cream and face masks were prepared with the placenta of the cow which was used to combat face ulcerations. Bull’s gall was used for skin spots, while narcissus bulbs were used as whiteners and emollients. For acne and boils the ancient Romans used butter,


The face cream lends itself to various uses. Based on its composition and the main active ingredient, it can be used to moisturize and soften skin that is too dry, to free it from dead cells, in this case it is also referred to as an exfoliating face cream, to combat the signs of stress or the advancement of age. There are specific face creams for dermatological problems, such as acne, boils, redness and spots. These creams contain specific active ingredients for the treatment of certain skin and face diseases and are often prescribed by dermatologists and in combination with systemic therapies, i.e. therapies that make use of drugs or food supplements with purifying effects. Depending on the method of application, the day face cream and the night face cream are also distinguished. The day face cream should be applied in the morning, as soon as you wake up and after cleansing the face. The day cream is mainly used for cosmetic purposes, i.e. to moisturize the skin and restore the elasticity lost during the night. The practice of applying a day cream serves to keep the face bright and toned for longer, delaying the appearance of the signs of aging, such as wrinkles. Of course, when choosing your day cream, you should always keep your skin type in mind. If this is too greasy, frequent application of a moisturizing face cream could make the problem worse, even causing acne to appear. In case of excessively oily skin, the day cream should only be prescribed by the dermatologist who will choose a product capable of regulating excess sebum on the face. The night cream, unless it is a beauty mask, is applied with the same purposes as the day one, that is to have a soft and hydrated skin. Generally, if you use the day one, you don’t need to apply the night one. The night face cream solution is ideal for working women who don’t have time to apply the cream in the morning.


The composition of the face cream changes according to the purposes for which the product is to be used. Regardless of this, however, when buying a face cream you must be careful not to use «comedogenic» products that clog the pores causing the appearance of blackheads. Nowadays, modern face cream packages carry this characteristic in the wording: when they do not clog the pores they are labeled with the term «non-comedogenic product». The base of a face cream is always the same in every product, with some variation or addition of specific substances useful for improving the skin of the face. A normal face cream is composed of 70% water, vitamins, A, E and C, glycerin, plant extracts, preservatives, dyes, perfumes, UV filters and hyaluronic acid. Vitamin A gives the cream anti-aging and anti-aging properties, vitamin E prevents oxidation of the product, while vitamin C can be used on any skin type for its moisturizing, refreshing and antioxidant function. Glycerin prevents the proliferation of harmful microorganisms in the cream, while hyaluronic acid has a protective, emollient and anti-wrinkle function.

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