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Interested in trying out an anti-wrinkle cream? There are many types of anti-wrinkle or anti-aging creams out there. How do they work? Generally speaking, these creams are usually powered by one or more key active ingredients. There are a number of them, some of which you may have seen or read about it, and they act on your skin in different ways to give you a more youthful look.


Retinoids (Vitamin A compounds) are known for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and improving skin elasticity. They help to spur the production of collagen, which is a key protein that keeps your skin firm and supple. In fact, collagen is very important because you start losing it as you get older. Retinoids encourage faster cell turnover so they act more like younger cells. 

hydroxy acids

Hydroxy acids, like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and citric acid, are exfoliants and help remove dead skin cells to allow for a newer skin layer to surface more quickly. They can result in brighter and smoother skin and improved appearance of wrinkles.


Antioxidants have gotten a lot of attention for their ability to fight free radicals, which are unstable molecules that cause cell damage and skin aging. Antioxidants can help prevent free radical damage, and promote skin repair and healing. For example, Vitamin C helps to reduce sun damage to your skin. Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), can help prevent moisture loss and improve skin elasticity. Green tea extracts are said to be anti-inflammatory. Other antioxidants include Vitamin E, lycopene, Coenzyme Q10, and grape seed extract.


Peptides, like pentapeptides and copper peptides, are proteins that stimulate the production of collagen and promote wound healing. In addition, they can also help reduce the look of wrinkles.

hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is good for moisturization. As you age, your skin starts to lose moisture and that can make wrinkles more visible. Hyaluronic acid absorbs moisture, which helps to plump up the skin and make wrinkles less noticeable.

Whatever your desire is for a better complexion, there are plenty of options for you! Just be sure to read the instructions so you’re using these products correctly. And, to ensure that you are doing the best for your skin, wear sunscreen daily as well to stave off premature aging.

Source: Mayo Clinic


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