Anti Wrinkle Products

Written by Serena Berger
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Anti wrinkle products account for a large portion of the skin care creams which are sold to people in their thirties and above. Wrinkles are one of the most dramatic signs of aging, and the desire to fight the loss of a youthful appearance is understandable. If you are going to invest in anti wrinkle products, however, you would be best to do so with an understanding of the causes of wrinkles and a realistic idea of what you can expect a cosmetic product to do for you.

When you are young, the inner layers of your skin are replete with structural proteins such as collagen, elastin, and fibronectin. Because these inner layers are plump and smooth, the outer layer stretched over them is also smooth. Inevitably as you age, however, you produce fewer of these inner structural proteins, which means that the outer layers of skin are not pulled as tightly over the inner layers.

In addition to that issue, the outer layer is losing its own elasticity. This means that in places where it has been stretched, the epidermis no longer contracts as easily, but instead remains stretched, meaning that there is essentially "too much" skin for the area. The outer layer then collapses into the gaps in the inner layer, resulting in wrinkles.

The Effects of Anti Wrinkle Products

Many of the common anti wrinkle products are essentially moisturizers which plump the outer layer of skin, or give the illusion of filling in the wrinkles a little bit. Others are firming products, which can have a temporary tightening effect. Scientists working for the leading cosmetics companies, however, are working on the most potent advancement of all: a product which will encourage your skin to produce more of the structural proteins which could prevent wrinkles before they would even begin, and turn back the clock if they have already begun to form.

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