How To Choose the Right Healing Cream

DSC_5599Anyone who has ever had a sunburn, an itchy rash, a minor wound or simple dry skin understands the longing for a good healing cream that can actually sooth skin and make a difference. But with so many brands to choose from, how do you know which one will be most effective for your current circumstance? There are simple moisturizers, anti-aging creams, and more advanced scar-removal and pain-relieving creams. Each therapeutic ointment has a specific purpose and cost that varies widely from product to product.

Below are a few things to consider when looking for the right healing cream:

1. What is the purpose and how long do you need it? If you are looking for an ointment that specifically targets pain relief, that would be a very different product than one for overall soothing of the skin. The pain relief product would likely be used in more acute cases and be used less frequently after the initial pain subsides, whereas a general skin salve could be used often on everything from dry, cracked feet and hands to skin recovery from a summer sunburn. So, your first step is to clearly determine what you need to product for.

Here are a few different kinds of particular healing creams you may consider:
– Anti-aging creams (moisturizing, intended to reduce wrinkles and scars)
– Acne creams (intended to dry up the skin)
– Feet and hand creams (extra moisturizing for dried, cracked skin areas on the feet and hands)
– Anti-pain creams (for muscle and joint pain, include menthol to create a cooling effect)
– Anti-fungal and rash control creams (kills microbes, reduces redness and itching)
– Burn cream (cooling, reduces redness and inhibits scarring)
– Bruise creams (generally include vitamins K or P to promote healing of blood vessels)
– Sunburn relief creams (cooling, lessens redness and inflammation)
– Wound healing creams (regenerate healthy skin rapidly, Neosporin is a great one!)

2. Do your research. Everyone’s skin is different so other people’s reviews won’t be a foolproof way to ensure that a specific cream works for you, but it will give you some good insight to as to the products’ strengths and weaknesses. Some good ways to research are by doing a basic web search for the keywords or product you’re looking at, or by reading customer reviews of creams on Amazon.

3. Take your own body’s special needs into account. If you have any known allergies be sure to read the ingredient labels thoroughly to be sure you can avoid triggering any unnecessary reactions. Additionally, some people prefer to use products that are more natural – in recent years there has been a large increase in manufacturers of all-natural and organic body care products. So it shouldn’t be too hard to find one of these.

Your skin is one of the most used organs in your body, so it’s important to treat it well by hydrating yourself often, avoiding overdoses of sunshine, and giving your skin the right healing cream when you need it. Hopefully the tips above will help you find the best possible solution to your skincare needs!


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