Wrinkle Treatments

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Store shelves are full of creams, potions, oils, lotions and serums promising to eliminate wrinkles. Unfortunately, many of these products simply don't work. Even if they do contain effective ingredients, they may not be concentrated enough to have any impact on the skin. Here, then, is a short list of ingredients that, while possibly good for other skin conditions, have been shown to have little to no impact on skin rejuvenation.

Popular Ingredients with No Proven Benefit

Retinol is an ingredient found in many wrinkle treatments. Retinol is another name for vitamin A. Retinol is not the same thing as Retin-A/Renova. Though Retinol may have an impact on wrinkles, skin care experts contend it has no effect in the small concentrations found in most over the counter wrinkle treatments. Though there are some exceptions, most people wed to using Retinol would be better off squeezing a couple of 10,000 IU vitamin A capsules into their regular creams once a week.

B vitamins are another ingredient commonly found in wrinkle treatments. Granted, a deficiency of B vitamins can lead to a variety of skin ailments, including premature skin aging. However, if one is already eating a balanced diet or taking a multi-vitamin which meets the RDA for B vitamins, topically applied B vitamins will have no impact whatsoever on fighting wrinkles.

Aloe vera and chamomile are both very useful for soothing irritated skin. However, neither of them has any impact on fighting wrinkles or any other sign of aging. Similarly, products featuring "all natural" ingredients may provide some therapeutic benefits, but being "all natural" doesn't mean that that they are actually effective. In fact, many reliable scientific studies show that the effects of most ingredients are the same whether they're derived from natural sources or lab-synthesized. When searching for wrinkle treatments, arming yourself with a little information about what works, and what doesn't, can save time, money, and considerable stress--the result of which can be an anti-aging behavior all by itself.

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