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Key Ingredients in Wrinkle Creams

Store shelves host a plethora of anti-aging products and wrinkle reducing creams in varying price ranges. You can easily spend an hour reading the product tag lines, reviewing the ingredients, comparing prices, and still be unsure if the product you are going to purchase is the one that will really reduce or diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. In order to make an informative decision when purchasing a wrinkle cream, one must understand its active ingredients and properties.

Common wrinkle cream ingredients are:

Retinol – aka Retinoid, Renova, Avage is a derivative of Vitamin A and clinical studies have proven that it stimulates the production of collagen thus reversing thinning skin and smoothing out wrinkles. Retinol is also known to fade age spots and improve a blotchy complexion. However, Retinol will not smooth out deep seated wrinkles such as frown lines. While Retinol has been clinically proven to smooth out fine line and wrinkles it does have its drawbacks. Those using a Retinol cream can expect skin irritation such as itchiness, redness and peeling during the first few weeks of use. Additionally, a Retinol cream is photosensitive, meaning you’re more prone to sunburned skin.

Hydroxy acids – ingredients in this group include alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and poly hydroxy acids. These acids exfoliate to slough off dead skin and promote cell regeneration thus leaving your complexion with new and evenly pigmented skin. Depending on the potency of the cream and the sensitivity of your skin, some people may experience skin redness and irritation.

Vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, tea extracts, grape seed extract and niacinamide are ingredients that have antioxidant properties. While antioxidants are great at fighting off free radicals and preventing future damage these ingredients do not repair the damage already done.

When selecting a wrinkle cream look for some form of retinol on the ingredient label. While most over the counter wrinkle creams do not have very high concentrates of retinol they will offer some benefits and can prevent new wrinkles. Keep in mind that normally it will take up to 10 months of use to see results so patience is a requirement. Also be aware of the possible skin irritation that may occur during the first few weeks.

Lastly the best way to ward off fine lines and wrinkles is by following these simple steps: follow a good skin care routine which is to cleanse, tone and moisturize, always protect your skin with sunscreen and keep the skin well hydrated.

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