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Wrinkle Cream Ingredients

There are so many different wrinkle creams available, we often run into the question of whether or not all of these products are the same. The answer surprisingly is, no. There are almost as many different blends of ingredients as one could imagine. Some of these are packed full of the lasted scientific sounding compounds while other take a more natural approach. So what is that thing in your ingredients list anyway? Here we will examine a few of the more common wrinkle cream ingredients and try to put them in plain English so they are a little easier to understand.

Argireline -

Argireline is the name given to a peptide which is simply a chain of amino acids that reduces tension in the muscles and skin causing a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. This ingredient has been one of the most promising anti wrinkle ingredients because it is derived from plants and is considered to be safe for use on the face and around the eyes.

L-Ascorbic Acid -

This is simply Vitamin C delivered in a form that is beneficial to the skin. Studies have shown that when delivered in this form, Vitamin C stimulates the production of Collagen and works to provide protection against damage from sun exposure. Vitamin C is a known antioxidant which helps the body to neutralize free radicals that could otherwise cause damage to the skin.

Glycolic Acid -

Glycolic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that reacts with the upper layers of the skin to break away dead skin cells and reveal the newer cells beneath. Theoretically, this is supposed to reveal brighter and younger looking skin. One of the problems with Glycolic Acid is that it can be irritating to the skin and is at times unsuitable for those with sensitive skin.

Retinol -

This is the animal form of Vitamin A. It's use in skin care is typically in the form of Retinoic Acid and can appear as Tretinoin on product labels. The issue with this ingredient class is that several metabolic steps are required in order to deliver any meaningful benefit to the skin cells. When used in concentrations high enough to potentially yield positive results, skin irritation and peeling become risks. According to the Mayo Clinic, Vitamin A derivatives should be avoided during pregnancy due to an increased risk of birth defects.

Parabens -

This term refers to a grouping of chemicals that are used as preservatives in various cosmetic creams. They are used to prevent the growth of bacteria and extend the shelf life of skin care products. Parabens have recently become subject to growing controversy over their possible dangers. Some studies have suggested that Parabens may be somehow linked to breast cancer which has led a growing number of individuals to seek Paraben free alternatives.

Lavender Oil -

A common essential oil found in natural anti wrinkle creams. It helps to regenerate new skin cells while improving cellular blood flow.

Tea Extracts -

Another common wrinkle cream ingredient rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to soothe the skin and promote the growth of health skin cells.

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