Personally, I never worried about wrinkles until a certain beauty subscription service kept sending me anti-wrinkle creams and elixirs. At first I laughed that a college-aged girl would be getting such products, but as I did more research, I found that many bloggers and MuT users recommend using these items at a young age to off-set signs of old age later. Was I missing something â€“ was I destined to look like a 60-year-old woman two years from now?
I set off to find the truth about wrinkle creams and anti-aging products. Do they really work? Is there any benefit to starting at a young age? The answer, it seems, is complicated. Read on to find out the truth about these â€œmiracle products.â€ Then, tell me about your experiences with anti-aging products in the comments!
What exactly is in a wrinkle cream, and how does it work? Common ingredients can include retinol, hydroxy acids, and coenzymes. Additionally, some products may promise to be all natural by include green tea extracts, which are anti-inflammatory. Manufactures claim these ingredients help improve signs of aging because of their antioxidant nature.
But do the ingredients actually work? Despite the testimonials you might hear from your friends, family, or bloggers, thereâ€™s no scientific proof that anti-aging products actually work. The ingredients listed above have been known to show slight to moderate improvement, but further testing is need to verify results. There could be other factors in play that contribute to the appearance of wrinkles.
So should women start using anti-aging products early to avoid later damage? Honestly, probably not, considering the low percentage of effectiveness. If you really want to avoid signs of skin aging, make sure you always use sunscreen, even if youâ€™re just stepping outside for a while. (If you hate the smell of sunscreen, try using a foundation that has SPF built in â€“ I love Benefitâ€™s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation because it feels light on my face and provides 25 SPF coverage!)
What about women who are older and already have wrinkles or other signs of aging â€“ should they use anti-wrinkle creams? If youâ€™re really concerned or self-conscious, it couldnâ€™t hurt to use products that contain the ingredients listed above. But before you shell out lots of money, remember that most expensive creams donâ€™t really give results different from cheaper brands. You can also speak to your doctor or dermatologist about trying prescription creams.
Overall, you should never expect to find a miracle in a bottle when it comes to wrinkle creams, and most are just too good to be true. You may find some improvement, but donâ€™t expect anything incredible. The best way to avoid wrinkles is to product your skin from the sun while youâ€™re still young â€“ youâ€™ll thank yourself one day!
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Written by Courtney Brown