According to Consumer Reports, the ingredients of a wrinkle cream do not necessarily indicate the effectiveness of a wrinkle cream, Still, it is important to look at the ingredient list of a wrinkle cream before buying it, just to see if it is safe for your skin, know what kind of results or effects to expect from it and which anti wrinkle ingredients it contains.
After all, as surprising as it may be, some wrinkle creams do not actually contain anti wrinkle ingredients, just ingredients that rejuvenate the skin. These ingredients are good, too, and can make your skin healthier so that it looks and feels younger but if you want to fight not just the signs of aging but the process itself and seriously get rid of the wrinkles and fine lines around your eyes, mouth and those on your forehead, you have to choose a cream which has ingredients proven to fight aging.
Since the loss of collagen is the main reason why the skin ages and wrinkles appear, the best anti-aging ingredients are those that naturally stimulate the production of collagen. These ingredients work better than actual collagen itself, since the molecules of collagen are too large to penetrate the deep layer of the skin where it is supposed to work.
The most popular type of this ingredient is Matrixyl or Matrixyl 3000, also known as Palmitoyl Pentapeptide. Matrixyl stimulates the deep layers or ‘matrix’ layers of the skin, hence its name, in order to increase the production not just of collagen but also elastin fibers to restore the elasticity of the skin.
Cynergy TK is another revolutionary anti wrinkle ingredient which is derived from sheep wool and contains functional keratin, a protein needed to produce collagen, while Vitamin C, copper peptides and kinetin also play a role in collagen production.
Ingredients that prevent or relax muscle contractions, working in the same way as Botox, are good, too. Of these, the most popular is Argireline or Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 while Vialox and Gatuline also have the same effect.
Aside from these anti-aging ingredients, wrinkle creams also usually contain ingredients that produce a tightening effect on the skin such as PephaTight and DMAE. It is also good for a wrinkle cream to contain antioxidants such as Vitamin A or Retinol, Vitamin E, CoEnzyme Q10 – or its variants Ubiquinone and Idebenone – and natural extracts like green tea extract and sesame seed oil since these protect the skin from free radical damage and slow down the aging process.
If you want to repair damaged skin, ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Glycolic Acid will help and if you want to moisturize your skin, there are also some ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides and natural extracts like rose oil that are good at this. It is also good for a wrinkle cream to have some ingredients for sun protection.
Keep in mind, though, that the names of the anti wrinkle ingredients and other ingredients on the label alone are not enough to indicate the effectiveness of a wrinkle cream. Rather, these ingredients should be included in high concentrations, combined in an effective formula and lastly, should be administered well, down to the deep layer of the skin where they can fight aging at its roots.