Are All Wrinkle Creams The Same

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Anti-Wrinkle Creams are Different on the Skin

Even before Ponce de Leon thought he had discovered the fountain of youth, humanity has attempted to cheat the aging process and look younger than one's chronological age. Cleopatra had a plethora of emollients and creams to keep her skin flawless and wrinkle free. Today, the trend continues as both men and women use everything from hemorrhoid ointment to slathering creams on the face that cost over a hundred dollars per ounce in the quest for a wrinkle free appearance. Infomercials clutter late night television featuring some of the most recognized beauty icons touting serums, creams, and line fillers for wrinkle free skin that guarantee to make the viewer look ten years younger.

However, the smart consumer must be aware of the differences in anti-wrinkle cream and know which ingredients are most effective. It is critical to judge these creams without the hype and implications. Consumers should evaluate an anti-wrinkle cream by utilizing the cognition and the eyes, not the ears. Commercials are designed to motivate the consumer to purchase the product. The effectiveness of the product depends on the ingredients in the anti-wrinkle cream that have proven to produce the desired effect such as glycerin, retinal or Retin A (vitamin A), hydroxyl acids, collagen, elastin, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin C, and sunscreen.

First, wrinkles are caused by a decrease in the body's production of collagen, a protein in the body's connective tissue that produces form. It works in conjunction with elastin which causes the skin to literally "snap back" when stretched. Elastin decreases in production rather early in life but is critical to the skin's firmness. Therefore, a product with elastin and collagen is ideal as a break in collagen causes wrinkles to form initially. Retinol or Retin A is the anti-oxidant vitamin A. When applied topically, it penetrates the epidermis and increases collagen production. Eventually, with continued use it will minimize the wrinkle in as little as four-six weeks.

Another additive is the emollient glycerin that is included in most anti-wrinkle cream and is very effective in smoothing the skin. Hydroxy acid, obtained from fruit, is an exfoliate that encourages the renewal of skin cells. These acids are very effective in creams because they are in contact with the skin for a longer period.

Therefore, all anti-wrinkle creams are not equal and it is not the most expensive is not necessarily the most effective. The determining factors are the ingredients in the cream and their concentration, which is consistent with the order in which they appear on the label. Personal experience with the product is the best indicator of its effectiveness and benefit.

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Alexander Malroy is an avid bodybuilder and fitness writer.

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