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What Are the Best Anti-Aging Ingredients in Wrinkle Creams?

Mar 5, 2008
Wrinkle creams today offer many benefits thanks to advances in anti-aging skin care research. With a few nuggets of information about what makes a wrinkle cream effective, picking the right wrinkle cream does not have to be a daunting task. The key is to know which ingredients to look for that give a wrinkle cream its anti-aging effects. Some of the ingredients to look for include:

Acetyl hexapeptide-3. Acetyl hexapeptide-3 is considered one of the best anti aging ingredients next to Outline toxin because it relaxes facial muscle tension that contributes to wrinkles. Unlike Botulinum toxin, Acetyl hexapeptide-3 can be applied directly to the skin and does not require injections.

Palmitoyl pentapeptide-3 promotes the manufacture of collagen in skin cells. The shortfall of collagen in older skin contributes to fine lines and wrinkles. A rise in collagen plumps skin and flattens out winkles. Many judge this to be the essential component of any anti-aging skin care formula.

Retinol. Retinol is a vitamin A compound that acts as an antioxidant. Vitamin A can speed up skin cell turnover so skin cells can be replenished at a faster rate. Retinol is the first antioxidant to be widely used in over-the-counter wrinkle creams.

Hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and poly hydroxy acids are all synthetic versions of acids derived from sugar-containing fruits. Use of these acids results in skin exfoliation where old dead skin is removed allowing for growth of a new cell layer. The process of exfoliation however can make skin more susceptible to sun exposure so correct precautions should be taken when using a product containing hydroxyl acids.

Coenzyme Q10: a necessary skin nutrient that aids regulation of the production of energy in cells. Coenzyme Q10 reduces wrinkles already present and can also provide sun protection, if you apply it before heading out in the sun.

Copper peptides combine copper, a part of living cells, with small protein fragments called peptides when applied to damaged skin. Copper peptides eliminate damaged collagen and elastin from skin, encourage the production of collagen and improve the performance of antioxidants.

Keep in mind that most anti-wrinkle creams have not been thoroughly tested, so starting with the highest priced cream is not necessary. Most people would say the same ingredients in less expensive products work just as well as the same ingredients in higher-priced products. When deciding on the best wrinkle cream, be an educated shopper.
About the Author
Geoff Hopkins has worked in the eye wrinkle cream industry for years. He maintains websites about eye wrinkle cream and anti aging serums.
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