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What You Should Know About Wrinkle Creams

Many wrinkle creams and lotions sold in department stores, in drugstores or on the Internet promise to reduce wrinkles and prevent or reverse damage caused by the sun.

The Question We All Want To Know Is Do They Work?

If you are trying to find a face-lift in a bottle, I doubt you will find it in over-the-counter (nonprescription) wrinkle creams. But they can slightly diminish face wrinkles and improve the appearance of your skin. This improvement will depend on other factors, on how long you use the product and the amount and type of the active ingredients contained in the wrinkle cream. Some research suggests that wrinkle creams contain ingredients that may improve wrinkles. But many of these ingredients haven't undergone scientific research to prove this benefit.

Common Ingredients Found in Wrinkle Creams

You may know that there are many products on the market today that claim to diminish those fine lines and wrinkles that are the effects of the aging process. You may even have a jar or two of these products sitting in your medicine cabinet. But do you know what is in your wrinkle cream? The fact is that there are a number of ingredients that are considered effective in giving you a brighter, more youthful complexion with less lines and more vibrancy. It is important to understand what these ingredients are and how they are used to ensure that you are getting the maximum benefit from those jars and tubes in your bathroom.

Vitamins For Your Wrinkles

One of the more common ingredients found in wrinkle creams is a vitamin A compound known commonly as retinol. Retinol is an strong antioxidant – in fact, it is the first antioxidant to be widely used in wrinkle creams. Antioxidants work in the body by neutralizing the free radicals that break down the skin’s cells and cause wrinkles. It is important to note that vitamin A derivatives should be avoided if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Another great vitamin for your skin is vitamin C. This is a natural skin brightener, which will also give you a more youthful look if it is found in your wrinkle cream.

Common anti-wrinkle cream ingredients The effectiveness of anti-wrinkle creams depends in part on the active ingredients. Here are some common ingredients that may result in slight to modest improvements in wrinkles.

Tea extracts. Black, Green and oolong teas have compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea extracts are the extracts commonly found in many wrinkle creams today.


Retinol. Retinol is a vitamin A compound and is the first antioxidant to be widely used in nonprescription wrinkle creams. Antioxidants are substances that work to neutralize free radicals. These unstable oxygen molecules break down skin cells and cause your wrinkles. Retinol is much less powerful than the vitamin A derivative tretinoin, a prescription topical treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating wrinkles. It's a good idea to avoid using vitamin A derivatives if you're pregnant or may become pregnant because they increase the risk of birth defects.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

The purpose of using alpha hydroxyl acids in any wrinkle cream is to provide exfoliation that will help rid your face of the dead skin cells. This process will also encourage the growth of new skin that is smoother and more evenly pigmented. The important thing to keep in mind is that any wrinkle cream that contains alpha hydroxyl acid will make your skin much more susceptible to sun exposure. Make sure that if you use an alpha hydroxyl product, you always wear sunscreen, even up to a week after you stop using the substance. This will help you to prevent seriously damaging sun exposure while you are fighting those wrinkles.

Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient that helps to regulate energy production in cells. A few studies have shown some reduction in fine wrinkles around the eyes with no side effects. Other studies show that a thorough application before sun exposure protects against sun damage also.

Copper peptides. Copper is a trace element found in every cell. In products applied to the skin, it's combined with small protein fragments called peptides. Copper peptides enhance wound healing. They also stimulate production of collagen and may enhance the action of antioxidants.

Kinetin. A plant growth factor, kinetin may improve wrinkles and uneven pigmentation with minimal irritation. It's unclear how it works, but it may help reduce wrinkles by helping skin retain moisture and by stimulating the production of collagen. It may also be a potent antioxidant.

What’s New?

There are so many other wrinkle cream products on the market and on the horizon as well it's hard to keep up with. Kinetin is a plant product that can reduce lines and wrinkles with minimum irritation to the skin. Coenzyme Q10 is a product that is being used effectively in many wrinkle creams without irritating the skin. This ingredient has the added benefit of protecting against sun damage to the skin also. With the many choices on the market today, you are sure to find a wrinkle cream that will work for you. Tea extracts, particularly those from green tea, are powerful antioxidants that are often found in wrinkle creams today. These extracts have anti-inflammatory qualities as well.

Because the Food and Drug Administration does not presently evaluate cosmetic products for effectiveness, there's no guarantee that any over-the-counter product will help reduce your wrinkles or even contain any of its advertised ingredients

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