Can topical wrinkle creams actually have an anti-aging effect?
There are many topical creams and lotions that do have anti-aging effects. There are many ingredients in topical wrinkle creams and serums that may have anti-aging properties. Some of these products are marketed and sold over-the-counter while some products require a prescription or may only be sold in a doctor’s office.
What ingredients should I look for when I shop for eye creams?
There are several different eye wrinkle creams currently on the market. Antioxidants, such as grape seed extract or coffee berry, help to protect the delicate skin around the eyes from free radicals that can break down the collagen. Peptides, found in many of the best eye creams, help to shrink under eye bags by improving lymphatic circulation in this area. They also gently stimulate collagen and elastin production, while causing less irritation than other anti-aging ingredients, such as retinol. Those who can tolerate retinol, retina A, (Tretinoin) can also benefit from using an eye wrinkle cream containing it.
What is the best wrinkle cream?
The best wrinkle creams are those that contain Retinols and Retinoids. Retinols (and their prescription strength variation, retinoids) are vitamin A derivatives that improve skin texture and can help to fade dark spots by stimulating the skin to turn over more quickly. They both prevent the breakdown of collagen and, most importantly, help stimulate new collagen formation. Retinols and Retinoids are the only wrinkle cream ingredients that have been scientifically shown to prevent and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. They can be formulated as anti-aging serums or anti-aging creams. Prescription retinoids, such as Retin-A Micro, Tazorac, Renova, Refissa and Atralin, are the most effective. Many were originally formulated to treat acne, but they all contain the anti-aging benefit of collagen stimulation and collagenase (the molecule that breaks down collagen) suppression. Some people find retinoids to be irritating; it is important to review the proper instructions for use with your dermatologist and start by using a very small amount. It may be advisable for those with very sensitive skin to start with over-the-counter retinol and eventually increase to prescription strength retinoids.
What is the best wrinkle cream for men?
Men can also benefit from the use of wrinkle creams and many of our male patients use over the counter and prescription wrinkle creams. The same creams that reduce fine lines in women have the beneficial effects in men.
When should I start using a wrinkle creme that contains retinols or retinoids?
It is never too early to begin using a great wrinkle cream containing retinols or retinoids. Many women and men in their twenties and thirties use them regularly to prevent collagen breakdown and keep their skin looking radiant.
Where can I find the best wrinkle creams containing retinols and retinoids?
Products containing retinol can easily be found at the drugstore. Retinoids can be obtained with a prescription from your dermatologist or can sometimes be dispensed from your dermatologist’s office. Dr. Schweiger dispenses his prescription-strength retinoid, called TiMEless, at Schweiger Dermatology in midtown NYC.