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Wrinkle Creams that Work 

by Silvia Buchour

You’ll find plenty of wrinkle creams and other anti-aging products sold everywhere – in department stores, the internet, and local drugstores. A lot of them promise to reverse the damage caused by the sun, and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles from your face. The big question is: how do you find wrinkle creams that work?

One thing you need to keep in mind is that there is no anti aging anti wrinkle cream which will work overnight, nor will give you a facelift in a bottle in just a few days. These creams will improve how your skin looks, depending on the type of active ingredient in the cream, as well as for how long you will use it.

Retinol

Retinol is one of the active ingredients found in most anti aging wrinkle creams, and in wrinkle creams that work. This is actually a compound of vitamin A, and is an anti-oxidant which is used in wrinkle creams which can be purchased over the counter. Anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals which cause skin cells to break down and cause wrinkles.

Hydroxyl Acids

Hydroxyl acids is another ingredient found in wrinkle creams that work. These acids are exfoliants; these remove the top layer of the skin which is old and dead, and stimulates the growth of smooth new skin. Keep in mind though that you need to wear sunscreen when using hydroxyl acids, as these make you susceptible to sun damage.

Coenzyme Q10

Another active ingredient you need to look for in your anti aging anti wrinkle cream is coenzyme Q10. This nutrient is known to regulate energy production in cells, and some studies have shown that the use of coenzyme Q10 has reduced wrinkles. Additional studies on this nutrient have revealed that it protects the skin from sun damage when applied before being exposed to the sun’s rays.

Tea Extracts and Kinetin

Tea extracts have naturally occurring compounds with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These are usually found in anti-aging creams, as well as kinetin. Kinetin is a plant growth factor which helps improve the appearance of wrinkles through retaining moisture in the skin. Kinetin also aids in producing collagen, and boosts anti-oxidants.

 Creams and lotions are considered as cosmetics and are classified as such by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As such, the FDA does not regulate these products as strictly and as rigorously as they would topical medications. Moreover, the FDA’s main concern regarding anti aging anti wrinkle cream is safety, not its effectiveness in removing wrinkles.

 When choosing an anti aging anti wrinkle cream, consider the following:

·         Cost – just because the wrinkle cream is expensive makes it more effective, and likewise for affordable ones.

·         Side effects – rashes, skin irritation, and a burning sensation are just some of the side effects which may be caused by such creams. Make sure you know everything before you begin using them.

·         Individual differences and reactions – people have different skin types and react to creams differently, so just because a certain anti aging anti wrinkle cream worked wonders for your friend doesn’t mean it will do so for you as well.