Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Serums, creams, cleansers, toners, moisturisers … Let’s talk anti-wrinkle cream.  I agree with them, and would buy them in huge supply, BUT a lot of what we eat determines the state of our skin.  Years of eating processed food, fast food, drinking alcohol in huge supplies (which severely dehydrates the skin) affects the skin around our eyes and our facial skin in general. 

So I’m not convinced that years of unhealthy eating can be balanced out purely by applying anti-wrinkle cream.  I do think it can assist but I’ve always said that the key is a balance healthy eating plan, lots and lots of water, and a minimum of 6 hours sleep a night.  I think anti-wrinkle creams can work really well IF you take care of yourself in other areas too! 

An anti-wrinkle cream may lessen the appearance of your wrinkles, depending on how often you use it, the type and amount of active ingredient in the wrinkle cream, and the extent of the wrinkles you want to treat.

The effectiveness of anti-wrinkle creams depends in part on the active ingredient or ingredients. Here are some common ingredients that may result in some improvement in the appearance of wrinkles.

  • Retinol. Retinol is a vitamin A compound, the first antioxidant to be widely used in nonprescription wrinkle creams. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals — unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles.
  • Vitamin C. Another potent antioxidant, vitamin C may help protect skin from sun damage. Before and between uses, wrinkle creams containing vitamin C must be stored in a way that protects them from air and sunlight.
  • Hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) and poly hydroxy acids are exfoliants — substances that remove the upper layer of old, dead skin and stimulate the growth of smooth, evenly pigmented new skin.
  • Coenzyme Q10. This ingredient may help reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes and protect the skin from sun damage.
  • Peptides. This ingredient has been used in products for wound healing, stretch marks and now wrinkles.
  • Tea extracts. Green, black and oolong tea contain compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea extracts are the ones most commonly found in wrinkle creams.
  • Grape seed extract. In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, grape seed extract promotes wound healing.
  • Niacinamide. A potent antioxidant, this substance is related to vitamin B-3 (niacin). It helps reduce water loss in the skin and may improve skin elasticity.

Lancome Advanced Genifique £59.00 

Fara from Lancome was lovely and SO knowledgeable about all the latest anti-wrinkle creams… I’ll let her explain…  

Confidence in a Cream £38.00

Skin Types: Normal, combination, oily, dry, sensitive

This “transforming” cream contains collagen for more elasticity, peptides to erase wrinkles, hyaluronic acid to plump out lines, and ceramides for hydration. Users love how it shrinks pores and boosts brightness almost immediately.

Estee Lauder 

All Skin Types

Edita from Estée Lauder swears by the Day and Night Serum for repairing and tightening the skin

Caudalie Face Lifting Soft Cream £42.00

All Skin Types

Peptides and resveratrol promote collagen and elastin production while hyaluronic acid adds a mega dose of hydration. Not at all gloppy or greasy, it goes on nice and light as “soft focus pigments” act fast to disguise imperfection.

Benefit Firm It Up Eye Serum £32.00 

All Skin Types

Not anti-wrinkling but a serum by Benefit that tightens the skin, Firm It Up comes highly recommended.

Firm it up! eye serum helps to visibly tighten & brighten the delicate skin around your eyes. The lightweight texture absorbs in seconds, leaving skin feeling refreshed, smooth and silky soft. Feel the firmness, see the brightness. Contains our exclusive Tri-Radiance Complex™ to deliver immediate & long-term moisture.

C E Ferulic SkinCeuticals £ 114.95

All Skin Types

Just a few drops of this anti-aging serum pack a powerful combination of ferulic acid and vitamin C and E to reduce signs of aging while firming and brightening your skin. These antioxidants also protect your skin from oxidative stress due to  UV rays or pollutants.

Bio Retinoid Anti-Ageing Cream REN Clean Skincare £45.00

Skin Type: Mature

White beggar’s-tick flower delivers collagen-boosting retinoid, red algae extracts protect skin and encourage firmness, and olive leaf compounds ramp up luminosity. The result? Soft, toned, dewy skin.

Have you used anti-wrinkle creams/serums? Have they worked for you? What about natural home remedies for smoother skin? Let’s share beauty tips and tricks for smoother looking skin on Facebook,Twitter, and InstagramLet’s talk about it!