What goes into the anti-wrinkle creams we all use?

Consumers who are desperate to achieve a younger looking face are most likely the first people who jump at miracle cures and fads for treating wrinkles. However, there are many products that offer little, if any benefit in terms of fading and treating wrinkles. Yet the anti-wrinkle creams industry is huge and shows no sign of slowing down. There are many new technological advancements that have been achieved in the recent past as more and more resources are made available to fund studies into the efficacy of anti-wrinkle creams on the skin.


Many sceptics out there have questioned the efficacy of these anti-wrinkle creams, but research has proven that some of these creams are made up of ingredients that will improve the appearance of wrinkles. If you are one of the people who are looking for a convenient facelift in a bottle, then anti-wrinkle creams probably won’t deliver the results you are after. However, over continued and persistent use these anti-wrinkle creams will improve your skin’s appearance. This all depends on the ingredients that the cream contains.


Here are some of the proven most effective ingredients contained in popular anti-wrinkle creams:


  • Retinol: This ingredient is the first antioxidant that is used in over the counter anti-wrinkle creams. It will neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are uneven oxygen molecules which will cause the breakdown of skin cells, eventually causing wrinkles. However, Retinol is a lot less potent than Tretinoin, a derivative of Vitamin A
  • Coenzyme Q10: This ingredient is actually a nutrient which is proven to aid in the regulation of the production of energy in the body’s cells. There have been studies that have proven that a fine reduction in wrinkles around the eyes is attributable to Coenzyme Q10. More research has also proven that applying Coenzyme Q10 before exposing the skin to sun will prevent sun damage from occurring
  • Hydroxy acids: Ply hydroxyl, alpha hydroxyl and beta hydroxyl acids are all actually synthetic adaptations of acids which are derived from fruits that contain natural sugars. These act as exfoliants known for removing upper layers of dead skin, eventually responsible for the growth of pigmented and smooth skin


These are only a few of the ingredients that should be featured in any anti-wrinkle cream that asserts to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, among other popular ingredients.