When choosing anti-wrinkle products, many people wonder what ingredients in these creams make them most effective. Many products have a laundry list of ingredients that are hard to pronounce let alone understand. How is this process made easier for people who do not have an understanding of chemistry? The answer is to focus on ingredients that are known to improve skin texture and appearance and antioxidants that heal and repair the skin.
Anti Wrinkle Ingredients to Look For:
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids are ingredients derived from fruit sugars. These are often used as an exfoliation agent. They gently slough off the dead skin cells and encourage new cell growth. They brighten the skin making it appear softer and smoother, the look of healthy skin.
- Green Tea Extract was discovered in China and has been used for hundreds of years to improve the health of the body and the skin. Many beauty products now contain Green Tea Extract as one of the ingredients that help heal the skin and repair cell damage.
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps repair skin damage done by sun exposure and free radicals in the body. It helps the body heal itself and is a substance that needs to be replenished frequently in the body.
- CoQ10 Is a natural substance found in the body that helps to neutralize free radical molecules. This ingredient is important because it may be capable of slowing down the progression of natural aging. The body’s natural production of CoQ10 also decreases as we get older, so it must be replenished in other forms. It also promotes new cell growth making it a very effective resource for fighting wrinkles.
- Acetyl Hexapeptide-3: Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 relaxes facial wrinkles similar to the effects of botox. It improves the tone and firmness of the skin. Frequent use of this ingredient results in skin that is smooth and free of lines and wrinkles.
- Hyaluronic Acid draws and retains moisture in the skin making it plumper and fuller. The skin looks smoother and feels firmer. It has the capability to absorb 100% of its weight in water so it is very valuable in anti-wrinkle products.
- Peptides encourage collagen production and healing of the skin tissues.
- Keratin is another protein structure similar to collagen that is usually found in the skin, hair and fingernails. It helps cells regenerate and is depleted by free radical damage. This substance is what makes the nails strong and resist breakage. It works together with collagen to stimulate cell growth.
Anti Wrinkle Ingredients to Avoid:
There are some ingredients that do not help much and should really be avoided. These are ingredients that are pretty common in most commercially manufactured creams but do not produce anti-aging properties. These ingredients are used mostly as a moisturizer to soften the skin. These ingredients areas follow:
- Mineral Oils is used to lubricate the skin and keep it soft. In some creams this ingredient leaves a greasy feeling after being applied. Many users do not like heavy oils or a greasy feeling to their skin. Petroleum products are greasy and clog the pores trapping dirt and bacteria underneath the skin surface.
- Alcohols tend to be very drying and may leave the skin feeling tight, itchy or irritated. There is really no need for alcohol in wrinkle creams so be sure your cream does not contain alcohols of any kind.
- Fragrance is what gives some creams and lotions their good smell. These may be derived from fragrance oils or perfumes but really is an unnecessary ingredient.