Wrinkles

Common ingredients in anti-wrinkle creams

It’s very important for you to know what makes up your anti-wrinkle cream. Here are some common ingredients that may result in slight to modest improvements in wrinkles. So next time you buy a product check out for these ingredients in your cream.

  • Retinol:

    Retinol is a vitamin A compound and is the first antioxidant to be widely used in nonprescription wrinkle creams. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals — unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles.

Precautions:

Avoid vitamin A derivatives if you’re pregnant or may become pregnant because they increase the risk of birth defects.

  • Hydroxy acids:

    These acids are exfoliants and synthetic versions of acids derived from sugar-containing fruits. — Substances that remove the upper layer of old dead skin and stimulate the growth of smooth, evenly pigmented new skin.

Precautions:

Because hydroxy acids increase your susceptibility to sun damage, wear sunscreen during use and for at least one week afterward.

  • Coenzyme Q10:

    Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient known for regulating energy production in cells. Some studies have shown reduction in fine wrinkles around the eyes with no side effects. Other studies show that application before sun exposure protects against sun damage.

  • Copper peptides:

    In products when applied to the skin, copper is combined with small protein fragments called peptides. Copper peptides enhance wound healing. They also stimulate production of collagen and may enhance the action of antioxidants.

  • Kinetin:

    A plant growth factor, kinetin may improve wrinkles and uneven pigmentation with minimal irritation.

  • Tea extracts:

    Green tea extracts are the ones most commonly found in wrinkle creams.They contain compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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