Fighting Wrinkles: Do Anti-Wrinkle Products Work?

February 22, 2020

Wrinkles are one sign of aging that all of us wish we could just erase or banish. This is why many are willing to try anti-wrinkle skin care products with hopes that they can prevent or reduce wrinkles. But do they actually work? Should you give one if these products a try?

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You can’t expect to have a facelift with over-the-counter (OTC) or nonprescription anti-wrinkle creams and lotions. Some can help improve your skin, but it can still depend on what the products contain or their active ingredients. The duration of your product usage also plays a part on the effectiveness.

In most cases, medical-grade products are better than OTC and nonprescription ones, as they are strong enough to reach and fix concerns in the deeper layers of the skin. This is beneficial for many anti-aging ingredients like peptides, Vitamin C and E, hyaluronic acid, and others.

It is common for many wrinkle creams to have active ingredients that can address other skin issues. These include fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and skin pigmentation. Here are some of the ingredients that can help improve your skin’s appearance.

  • Vitamin C – potent antioxidant that helps with collagen synthesis and fading dark spots/pigmentation; may also help with reducing wrinkles
  • Peptides – molecules that can help with collagen synthesis and improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Retinoid – helps reduce fine lines/wrinkles and repair sun-damaged skin
  • Hydroxy acids – used for removing dead skin cells to prepare the skin in better absorption of active ingredients
  • Niacinamide – a potent antioxidant that may help improve skin elasticity
  • Grape seed extract – offers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help with collagen production

One good product recommendation is the Multi Peptide Essence. This contains a complex of powerful peptides, with a combination of seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid. Apart from improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles, the Multi Peptide Essence can also increase the appearance of skin’s elasticity. 

Creating an anti-wrinkle regimen

While certain products like Multi Peptide Essence can help in fighting the signs of aging, it is still important to maintain a healthy skin care habit. Here are a few tips that can help:

Moisturize your skin daily

While moisturizers can’t erase or prevent wrinkles, they can help in temporarily concealing creases in the skin. They also trap water in the skin, plumping it up and making fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid are a great choice; they can improve the skin’s moisture content and strengthen its barrier. 

Protect your skin from the sun

Overexposure to the sun speeds up skin aging, causing fine lines, wrinkles, and leathery skin. It can also increase your risk of developing skin cancers. Be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily and limit your exposure to the sun. You can also benefit from wearing a hat, UV protection glasses, and protective clothing. 

Never start smoking

Smoking accelerates the aging process and damages both collagen and elastin. It also narrows the blood vessels in the outermost layer of the skin, reducing the amount of nutrients and oxygen that reaches your skin. It is best to kick the habit or never start smoking in the first place to save your overall health.

Eat healthy and get enough sleep

A diet filled with fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy fats and lean protein helps promote a healthy skin. The same is also true for getting enough sleep. It enables your body to recover and regenerate. The body also makes more collagen while you sleep, which helps in keeping the skin look firm and supple.

The right products and skin care habits can improve your skin, as well as the signs of aging. If you, however, are looking for dramatic results, you can consider injectables like Botox or other non-invasive lifting procedures like Ultherapy.

For more skin care tips and product recommendations, explore our website or contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore. Our aesthetic doctors can help you create the right skin care plan based on your needs and goals.