Creams for Wrinkles: Important Ingredients

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Wrinkles are a natural part of growing older, but many of us will do anything to avoid the deep creases or fine fines that come with age. It is temping to seek out a "face lift in a bottle," but the truth is that most anti wrinkle creams on the market today have not been tested by the FDA and will only provide slight improvement, depending on how long you use the product and the strength of the active ingredients. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the important ingredients you should be looking for when shopping for anti wrinkle creams.

Retinol is a part of the Vitamin A compound. It was the first antioxidant to be widely used in over the counter wrinkle creams. While it is less potent than tretinonin, another Vitamin A compound that can be found in prescription treatments, Retinol can help stabilize oxygen molecules that break down the skin cells, which causes wrinkles.

Alpha, beta and poly hydroxy acids are all exfoliants that remove the upper layer of old dead skin, thus promoting the growth of new, evenly colored skin. These acids make the skin very susceptible to sun damage, so those that use products with these acids should wear sun screen after its use and only use it sparingly.

Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient that regulates cell energy production. In studies of this nutrient, some have found that it can help reduce the appearance of fine lines around the eyes with no side affects, while other studies have found that it can help protect the skin from sun damage.

Tea extracts are often seen in over the counter anti wrinkle creams. Green, black and oolong teas all contain compounds with anti inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Copper is a very common nutrient, found in every cell of the body. When combined with protein fragments, called peptides, it can be applied to the skin. These copper peptides promote the healing of wounds, stimulate the production of collagen and can enhance antioxidants.

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