One of the greatest mystery of our time seems to be, do wrinkle creams actually work?? Forget about the meaning of life, what everybody really wants to know is, can I ditch the wrinkles without Botox?
To find the answer to this question, you really have to turn to science. Scientific research suggests that there are a few things you can do to "enhance" the appearance of wrinkled skin. Notice I didn't say, "eliminate" the appearance of wrinkles. Sorry to break it to you.The good news is that there are products available that you can apply topically that will offer considerable wrinkle relief for most people, without needles and cosmetic surgeons. The bad news is that some of them you can only get with a prescription.
If that option fits your budget, call a dermatologist and ask for Retin-A, Avita, Renova or Tazorac. These products will offer a noticeable decrease in the appearance and the depth of wrinkles, mainly because they stimulate skin's collagen production. Collagen, which has become a little bit of a buzzword in recent years, is really the magical ingredient in our bodies that gives our skin its texture and structure, yet oddly enough, putting collagen into a cream will not help your body produce more collagen.
For those of you looking to find a miracle in your local drugstore, the keys to noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines and even wrinkles are vitamins, antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. Most products that come with these ingredients are sold as moisturizers, and bringing moisture to the skin is half the battle of refining the texture and structure of the skin. And ironically enough, water doesn’t do much to hydrate the skin, so its important to find a good moisturizer that will deliver moisture to the skin.
We all know that vitamins are good things to put into and onto your body, but most people wonder what’s up with antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. Antioxidants can prevent and even reduce the free radical damage that takes its toll on your skin. Free radicals, which you are exposed to just by going outside in the morning, are the culprits that age your skin, and antioxidants are your best super-hero defense against them. And while vitamins and antioxidants are essential for making your skin look its best, many vitamins actually have antioxidant properties.
Cell-communicating ingredients essentially tell a cell to function like a normal, healthy cell. Unprotected exposure to the sun is how your skin comes into contact with free radicals, causing it to not regenerate properly. Cell-communicating ingredients tell your skin cells to behave like they did before all those years of sun exposure. It is important to note here that antioxidants do not have cell-communicating properties, so you need to combine the two. Two of the best cell-communicators are niacinamide and adenosine triphosphate. A good moisturizer that delivers all the goods - antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients - isPaula’s Choice Hydrating Treatment Cream. It’s for normal to dry skin, so I find it to be a good winter product. It is also much more reasonably priced than a lot of even drug store brand creams. You may not know Paula, but most people know her as the “cosmetics cop.” She has written numerous books containing everything you’ll ever need to know about cosmetics ingredients, what works and what doesn’t. While Paula knows her stuff when it comes to cosmetics, she doesn’t share my thoughts on the benefits of only applying natural products to your skin, so her products do contain a few synthetic preservatives. Also keep in mind that this product is really more of a night cream because it does not contain SPF.
In addition to cell-communicating ingredients, you should also consider the two rock stars of the vitamin world when planning your anti-wrinkle regime: vitamin C and vitamin E. Vitamin C can sometimes even be used as an alternative to Retin-A, the fancy antiwrinkle concoction you can get with a prescription. It is a powerful antioxidant and it is one of those ingredients than can boost collagen production in your skin, seemingly filling in lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E is also a superstar in that it protects the epidermis, reduces skin’s water loss and really strengthens the skin's barrier from the outside world. Vitamin E is a key in the prevention of damage to your skin, and one of the best natural products out there for vitamin E delivery to your skin isJason Natural Ester –C Lotion. It is reasonably priced, and again, it is more of a night cream because it does not contain SPF.
While on the subject of SPF, I could mention it 25 times a day and that wouldn't be enough, but you must wear a sunscreen at all times. Sunscreen is the absolute best anti-wrinkle cream you'll ever find.