There are many factors to consider when choosing anti-wrinkle creams. Different creams will do different jobs and some include ingredients that are terrible for your skin. Some will moisturize and tone, while others include other benefits, such as anti-aging. The beauty world is constantly evolving and finding the right product for you can be overwhelming, but knowing some key information will help you navigate and understand its workings:
1. Understanding face wrinkles
Different parts of the face develop wrinkles differently. This includes crows feet, laugh lines, forehead wrinkles, marionette lines, frown lines, tear troughs, and eye wrinkles. Some of these wrinkles occur due to age, skin thinning, repetitive facial movements, and/or sun damage. Taking preventative measures when you are younger will help to prolong the time before the wrinkles set in. This can be done with a proper skincare routine and using the right moisturizers.
2. Good ingredients for anti-wrinkle moisturizer
Not all products are equal and it will benefit your skin to have a moisturizer with the best ingredients. That does not mean that you have to buy the most expensive products because good ingredients can be found at budget-friendly prices. Knowing what ingredients to look for is the key. Here are the top ingredients to look for in your moisturizer:
- Alpha-lipoic acid
A natural antioxidant that the body makes on its own. It helps to erase fine lines and wrinkles, while also minimizing pores.
Developed from Vitamin A, it’s known to boost the amount of collagen the body makes. It not only helps to plump the skin but will improve the skin’s tone and color.
- Alpha-hydroxy acid
A family of acids that will brighten the skin, smooth wrinkles and fade blemishes.
- Salicylic acid
Typically found in acne products, it reduces acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. This ingredient will gently exfoliate the skin and reduce the signs of aging.
- Green tea extract
Filled with nutrients that help to fight free radicals and keep skin healthy. Great for fighting against sun damage and increases sun protection when used with sunscreen.
- Vitamin C
As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin. These are both needed to keep the skin resilient and flexible. This ingredient can boost the amount of collagen the body produces and help minimize wrinkles, fine lines, and scars. Most often, it can be found in serum form that can be used before you moisturize or even add it to your daily moisturizer.
3. Things to avoid when buying anti-wrinkle cream
Alcohol and all alcohol by-products should always be avoided. Though it will not show immediately, alcohol will slowly age the skin and dry it out. This will leave the skin weak for even more potential damage from the environment and aging. Other ingredients to avoid are carcinogens that are found in many products, but especially in facial care and lotions. A few carcinogens to avoid include Dioxane, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrolatum, and Polyethylene Glycol (PEG). Even some natural products will include these ingredients so make sure to read labels.