In our pursuit of the perfect wrinkle cream that will work on us, we have tried and tested at least several brands and applied countless alternatives. With invasive wrinkle treatment out of the question, did anything work so far? The key to finding the perfect wrinkle cream that will work at an extent is by looking at its ingredients. By looking into its major ingredients, we will understand how the solution affects the skin physiologically. In this article, we will delve into the important ingredients that a wrinkle cream should contain.
The number one anti-wrinkle agent is Retinol. According to research, Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, is the strongest anti-oxidant for the skin, and it is the first one to be used as an ingredient in topical solutions. Anti-oxidants are those that neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are the harmful substances that break the skin’s elasticity and damage the cells. If you’re asking where free radicals come from, well they’re innate but production is influenced by the sun’s radiation. Going back to Retinol, many wrinkle creams nowadays contain Retinol, sometimes Vitamin A but in low dosages, so e sure to find a concentrated formula. While it is proven effective to lessen the visibility of wrinkles, it makes the skin hypersensitive under the sun. That’s why most wrinkle creams with Vitamin A are recommended to be used only at night since there’s no need to expose the skin to the sun.
Another ingredient important to the anti-wrinkle brigade is Hyaluronic Acid. This substance is actually a natural constituent of the skin, which is responsible for renewing the skin’s moisture by binding water into the skin. Hyaluronic Acid can become lesser as we age, that’s why our skin becomes dry and wrinkled. Wrinkle treatments like wrinkle-fillers work by injecting Hyaluronic Acid into the creases to fill them. As a result, your skin will be firmer, smooth and makes wrinkles less prominent. A good addition to the team, Kojic Acid is a chemical agent found in fungi and used by the Japanese to make Japanese rice wine. As a cosmetic agent, Kojic Acid is used to lighten the skin by its recently discovered bleaching effects.
Hydroxy Acids on the other hand, are acids known to be exfoliants. They work by exfoliating the skin, removing the dead skin cells in the top layer of the skin, thereby stimulating the production of new skin cells. Hydroxid Acid like Vitamin A, will make your skin hypersensitive to the sun, so be sure to use sun block if you’re going outdoors. Sometimes, this ingredient is prescribed as a part of skin care regime by dermatologist for wrinkle treatment due to its exfoliating nature. We mentioned that anti-oxidants are an essential wrinkle fighter. One of the most common anti-oxidants used in wrinkle creams and as supportive application in wrinkle treatments is Vitamin C. This is because of Vitamin C’s healing effects as it promotes skin cell growth and healing. Another major role of Vitamin C in our skin is by replenishing lost collagen in the skin. Collagen as we know, is the one responsible for the skin’s elasticity and firmness.
You can get decent wrinkle creams with one or two ingredients mentioned above, but never all since different ingredients can cancel out each other’s effect rendering the application useless.