Anti-Wrinkle Face Creams Buying Guide
Ageing is a fact that is hard to face for most people, especially women. The good news is that the beauty industry works day and night to try to keep that fact your little secret. Ageing no longer means wrinkles slowly taking over your face. A simple, but good quality, anti-wrinkle cream can prolong wrinkles from showing their face or give them a bit of a lift if they've already appeared. Get ready to defy time and add a new meaning to ageing gracefully.
The Reality Check
Unfortunately, none of these products are going to turn anyone from 60 to 20. While anti-wrinkle products can reduce the appearance of fine lines, it won't be permanent and chances are it won't be as significant as you would have hoped. You can expect your wrinkles or lines to fade about 10% with a good product, though it depends on your skin type and condition.
Someone somewhere said that the best offence is a good defence. That someone was absolutely correct in this case. If you want truly younger looking skin, you must wear sun block at all times, as UV rays don't just lead to skin cancer-- they cause wrinkles too! If you haven't jumped on the SPF bandwagon, consider how fruitless it is to buy expensive anti-wrinkle creams that will only be counter-acted by the lack of sun protection.
Also, if you want healthy, beautiful skin, it's important to invest in a good facial scrub and facial moisturiser while your on the topic. Exfoliating and moisturising your skin leads to a near flawless complexion, so make sure you fully stock up your beauty cabinet.
Choosing an Anti-Wrinkle Cream
- Match the product to your skin type. This one is kind of a no-brainer when looking for moisturisers since they usually say whether they are meant for dry, oily or normal skin. With anti-ageing products they don't always specify which skin type the product is best for, meaning that you'll have to use your skills to decipher some of the key ingredients in the product. One quick tip though is that a serum is usually best for normal to oily skin while a rich moisturiser is best for dry skin (check for emollients listed in the ingredients).
- Look at the ingredients. it cannot be stressed enough that consumers need to be aware of what they are using on their skin. It's far too easy to become sucked in by a gimmick or pretty packaging. So which ingredients should you look for?
Watch your budget. Considering that there is no magic product that will truly erase wrinkles perfectly, you may want to reconsider buying the latest and most expensive products on the market. Ingredients should always rank before price. It's the small print on the package that really does the work, so take the time to use this to your advantage. Read the labels and figure out which creams really have what you need.
- Antioxidants : Vitamin A, E, C, Polyphenols, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Coenzyme Q10.
- Collagen Renewing Properties : Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Copper Peptide, Sea Kelp, Algae, Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide.
- Emollients : Silicone, Oils and Butters, Acetyls, Glycerls, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone.
- Exfoliating AHAs & BHAs : Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids.
- SPF : For optimum sun protection.
- Retinol : Stimulates cell renewal.