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Will a Wrinkle Cream Really Erase Your Wrinkles?

Aug 21, 2008
There are many wrinkle creams and lotions available from drugstores and even pharmacies that claim to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Some of these wrinkle creams will help to improve the appearance of your skin, but they are not face lifts in a bottle and will never be able to erase every line and wrinkle or reverse the signs of aging. Some of these products work better than others depending on their ingredients, and it is important to know which work the best before you purchase a wrinkle cream.

Retinol is a common ingredient in wrinkle creams and is a vitamin A compound that neutralizes free radicals in the skin. Hydroxy Acids including alpha, beta, and poly hydroxy acids, are all exfoliants that remove the top layer of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin.

Coenzyme Q10 (commonly referred to as CoQ10) is another common nutrient used in wrinkle creams and helps regulate energy production in skin cells. Copper peptides contained in wrinkle creams stimulate collagen production which helps skin to remain firm.

While many wrinkle creams can help to improve skin, they are not regulated like drugs and do not have to undergo rigorous safety and effectiveness testing. Some common ingredients contained in wrinkle creams do have potentially dangerous side effects.

Retinol A can increase the chances of birth defects if used by pregnant women and Hydroxy acids can increase the risks of sunburn. Over the counter wrinkle creams contain lower concentrations of active ingredients than prescription creams and usually don't have as dramatic results.

The effectiveness of wrinkle creams has been researched and proven in clinical studies, but each person will get slightly different results when using these products. Because results can vary widely for individuals, you may not get the results advertised by a product. While prescription creams generally work better than over the counter creams, cost alone is not an indicator that one cream is better than another.

For the best results, you will probably have to use a wrinkle cream at least twice a day. It usually takes a few weeks for you to notice any type of results and without continued use your skin will not continue to improve.

Depending on the ingredients, you should also be aware that some wrinkle creams will have mild side effects such as redness, irritation, and peeling can occur so be careful and be sure to discontinue use if you notice any negative side effects.
About the Author
PricesExposed.com (http://www.pricesexposed.com) provides descriptions and prices for various types of wrinkle cream. It is a good source for a lot of different information like cream effectiveness, safety, and availability. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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