Nobody likes lines. Like most people, you would most likely do anything to avoid them. Although you have to put up with queues almost everywhere else, you don’t have to resign yourself to seeing the lines on your face appear. There are now many available wrinkle creams in the market, each claiming to be the best at minimizing and even making the lines on your face vanish. Going to the store without knowing what you want and need would probably leave you confused.
Knowing just a few basic things could go a long way in helping you find the right wrinkle cream for you. These are the things you need to be aware of:
First things first: get acquainted with yourself. What kind of skin do you have? Dry, normal, oily, combination? Are lines your only problem? Do you have any discolorations or large pores? Do you have any allergies? How much are you willing to spend on your wrinkle cream? Also think about how much time you are willing to devote to your skin care regimen. Some products need only be applied once a day while others require more frequent applications. Identify the limits of your time and budget and work with those.
Second: ingredients, ingredients, ingredients. Don’t be fooled by the obvious variations in product packaging and advertising. Choosing the right wrinkle cream means looking beyond what companies and advertisers tell you. It’s not just about the cost or the brand names. Remember that the ingredients are what you are after, not the brand. Choose wisely and let this guide you.
- Antioxidants: Antioxidants include Vitamins A, E, and C, coenzyme Q10, and alpha lipoic acid. These neutralize free radicals which contribute to cell death and damage. They are therefore important in maintaining youthful and vibrant skin. See if the product on your want list has a combination of these antioxidants, which is optimal.
- Argireline: One of the newer additions to the anti-wrinkle ingredient list is the protein argireline. Research has been given that shows effects similar to Botox. It is reputed to relax facial tension and muscles and thus reduce wrinkles.
- Moisturizers: Shea butter and hyaluronic acid are both included in wrinkle creams for their moisturizing effect. But, only the latter has been shown to actually do more than just moisturize skin. Hyaluronic acid also helps repair the cells in your face and body.
- Exfoliants: Exfoliants like alpha hydoroxy acid and tretinoin peel off the top layer of your skin made of dead cells. After exfoliating, you find that you’ll have a more even skin tone and diminishing of scars and lines. Remember to check the concentration. Alpha hydrxy acid concentrations of more than 20% and tretinoin in any concentration may cause severe redness and irritation, especially when you get sun exposure.
- Cell Regeneration Agents: Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that is safer than tretinoin. Aside from its antioxidant effects, you also get increased metabolism and faster renewal of your skin cells. Another component used in anti wrinkle creams is Matrixyl. It is a lipopeptide that increases hyaluronic and collagen production in the skin. This lets you maintain healthy skin without any wrinkles or sagging.
Third: Don’t forget sun protection. Exposure to the sun is one of the things that cause crow’s feet and other mechanical lines from squinting. Too much UV rays also cause cell degeneration. Find a product that has at least SPF 15 to protect you from these damaging rays.
Fourth: Customer reviews are helpful. You’ll find that reading honest and real customer reviews pays off. So brave the itty bitty print and start reading. You may find that some creams do not work for your type of skin or some ingredient may cause an allergic reaction.
Fifth: Acquaint yourself with the side effects of the ingredients in your wrinkle cream. If you are or want to become pregnant, do not use tretinoin. If you use products with exfoliants, avoid sun exposure.
Remember that wrinkle creams are just a part of your skin care regimen. Drink plenty of water, avoid smoking, and live a healthy lifestyle.