Wrinkle Creams – What Ingredients Actually Work?
"Is that a wrinkle?" Every woman has that thought at some point in their life. Wrinkles happen; it's a fact that sends many women straight to the drug store or the department store to buy creams and lotions that promise to take those wrinkles away. The question is, do they work or are women just throwing away millions of dollars every year on products that do nothing? Let's look at some of the ingredients in wrinkle creams that are actually effective.
Retinol – Retinol is a widely used vitamin A compound. It is found in hundreds of different wrinkle creams across the globe. While it is effective to a degree, women that are pregnant or could become pregnant should stay away from vitamin A compounds. Skin also becomes more sensitive to sunlight, so make sure to wear sunscreen when using any product with Retinol in it.
Tea Extracts – Green, black, and white teas are more commonly used in natural wrinkle creams. The have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. White teas are becoming more popular, but green tea extracts are most commonly used.
Hydroxy Acids – Hydroxy acids are synthetic versions of acids that come from sugars found in some fruits. Hydroxy acids like vitamin A compounds make your skin extra sensitive to the sunlight and you should always wear sunscreen when using them. Hydroxy acids exfoliate, and remove the top layer of your skin, and promote growth of new younger looking skin.
There are many other chemicals, vitamins, and minerals that are used in wrinkle creams, but these are a few of the most commonly found. All three work to some degree, but must be used consistently, and always on clean dry skin. Remember, when you use a wrinkle cream, read the directions, read the warnings, and follow all recommendations. You do not want to end up with a reaction that you were not prepared for.