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Best Anti Wrinkle Creams on the Market; What Really Works

Updated on June 14, 2013

History of Wrinkle Creams

Here are some of the best Anti wrinkle creams on the market today. With so many products on the market these days it is hard to know where to start, so I have listed products that are proven to really deliver results.

The fact is that wrinkle creams have come a long way since your mother was slathering on Jergen's , or Ponds cold cream. I recall having a genuine interest in skin care even as a child, and pre teen. This lead me to read some of the books about wrinkles, how to improve their appearance and hopefully, reverse them.

As it turned out, my early studies on wrinkles hit a dead end when I discovered that there was NOTHING on the market that could actually reverse wrinkles, Period! There were creams that could actually add moisture to the skin topically and as a result the skin looked less wrinkled, but when the effects of the cream wear off, women would be back to there wrinkled self again.

I read this in several books, by all the Dermatologists of the time, and it was the ugly reality. The wise lesson was not to not waste your money on anything expensive because they are no better than the cheap creams, and petroleum jelly was often used instead of cold cream. Even the true glamour girls from the 1940's such as Lana Turner used cheap drug store creams, knowing that the best they could provide was a slight and temporary improvement by creating a slick barrier between skin and makeup. From the golden days of Hollywood through the 1980's nothing really worked. Then came Retin A.

This was the first product that actually improved the overall look of wrinkles, and since that time there have been many products with active ingredients that will help tighten skin and reverse the signs of wrinkles.

The only problem now is which ones to buy....


Retin A

Retin A, also knows as tretinoin (vitamin A), works by improving blood supply to the skin by increasing dead skin cell turnover, as in youthful skin. Microscopic studies have shown that the structure of skin changes after diligent use of Retin A, is actually mimics the structure of young skin. Retin A is still considered a must for those who seriously wish to change their skin. It is available by prescription, and may be easily acquired at a med spa, where a Dermatologist is on staff.

Vitamin C Creams and Serums

As an Esthetician I used to recommend vitamin C creams, and Serums. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and protects the skin from free radical damage, such as sun, pollution, and smoke. Obagi has a very good serum that is very potent, however, there are many vitamin C creams on the market, and the best thing to do is choose one that is affordable so that you will keep using them.

Vitamin C not only protects the skin from free radical damage, but it provides circulation and clarity to the complexion, while at the same time, the antioxidant benefits reverse the signs of wrinkles.

Be sure to use these creams and serums in the morning and under sunscreen. Make it the first thing you put on your skin after cleansing, and let it absorb before applying moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup.

Copper Cream

One of the very best things that you can do for your skin is use a cream containing copper. They are not being pushed by the beauty magazines, or commercials right now, and even many of the med spas don't carry them, but when I confidentially asked a Dermatologist who I was temporarily working for what he thought the very best thing for anyone to do is he said "probably use a cream containing copper."

I did start using copper and saw results withing 3 weeks. There was definitely a tighter, and overall more radiant look to my complexion, and I feel as though I wake up looking better than I did when I went to sleep.

Moisturizers

Buying what is affordable is the best thing to do as far as buying moisturizer. The rule here is the same one that was used in the 1940's -1980's. If you buy something expensive, there is no way you will keep using it, and the reason you are using this is to keep moisture in the skin, Jergen's is still on the market, is affordable and does the job. If you don't care to spend any money on a night moisturizer, you may use extra virgin olive oil. It is rich and contains powerful antioxidants.

If you have dry skin applying moisturizers often is a great way to keep the skin from every drying out too much. However, along with applying moisturizer, drinking plenty of water, and never becoming thirsty is the key to great skin.

Avoid Caffeine if possible, and keep hydrated with water, juice, and fresh fruit.

No product can take the place of good nutrition, so be sure to consider the foundation before spending the money on products.


Alphas and the Betas

Alpha- Hydroxy creams. They are usually affordable, and not as irritating as Retin A, however, they do cause a mild peeling, or sloughing of skin cells. These types of creams have been evidenced to increase collagen, and the overall thickness of the skin.

For a smoother and healthier glow to the complexion Alpha Hydroxy acids are a great addition to your beauty regimen.

What is the difference between the Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy?

Solubility is the difference. Alphas are water soluble and Betas are fat soluble

Fat soluble creams are better at penetrating the pores, meaning if you have acne breakouts, you may wish to look into BHA.

Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun after using either of these, and it is crucial that you wear sunscreen every day.

Babor

Temporary fixes.

This is one of my most recent discoveries. It is not a long term fix, but something to use when you wish to look your best. Babor wrinkle filler should be worn directly under makeup, and gives an immediate smooth look to any lines and imperfections. It is not to be slathered all over, but just dabbed lightly on crows feet, or wherever you have a wrinkle you would like to soften.

New Wonders

Cynergy TK is said to solve the sagging problem. This product has some very positive reviews, but nothing definite can be said as of yet. It is worth trying out, as it is reasonably priced and one may purchase body cream, eye cream, and day cream from Amazon at a reasonable price.

Cynergy TK is said to be a miracle ingredient and there is much hype surrounding it, and it will be some time before we have any real facts. Because it is still relatively new, the reviews are good, but we don't know if we are experiencing a placebo effect, or if this stuff is really what they claim it is.

Avon's ANEW Line

ANEW by AVON

Recently, Avon's ANEW has been repeatedly rated as the top anti wrinkle cream on the market. Avon has long been considered to have the most affordable products with the best quality ingredients, but Avon's ANEW is now being considered the number one cream for tightening the skin as well as eliminating fine lines with regular use. Because Avon is not sold in department stores, their overhead is relatively low and therefore they can keep prices lower than brand name products that have a lot of padding in their prices to cover costs.

To order ANEW directly from Avon CLICK HERE.

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Excellent, excellent Hub and super information. I, for one, will take this information to heart and make some changes in my skin routines. Definitely voted "useful" -- and that's a sincere compliment. Best/Sis

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Oh, thank you Sis. I am so please that you found it useful, and Happy Memorial Day to you.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I like the idea of drinking water along with using the lotions. Vitamin C has so many benefits and glad that you mentioned this as a wrinkle cream benefit. You are so right, a good diet is needed as well. Enjoyed this informative hub.

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you teaches12345.

      Good nutrition is the foundation

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Skarlet -- quick question. What's your recommendation for at least "dimming" age spots -- I'm beginning to look like I'm wearing polka dots all time! Thanks/Sis

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      @Sis- The absolute best thing is Obagi products (or something with 4% hydroquinone). I actually wrote a hub about it called, "skin tips: How to fade and eliminate freckles." As you probably well know, its not easy to get rid of brown spots, and they want to keep coming back every time you step outside.

      Obagi was originally sold only in dermatologists offices, but fortunately we can get it a lot cheaper from Amazon, eBay, or various online places.

      Hydroquinone is the active ingredient, and some creams at CVS have it, but the percentage is too low, and you end up spending a lot of time and money with no visible results.

      Obagi, and prescription products have 4% hydroquinone that deliver results, But its a constant battle of using the cream, a sunscreen everyday and wearing a hat outdoors.

      If you really like the look of a tan, use a Faux tan.

      Hope that helps.

      PS. I see you have a nice big Texas cowboy hat to wear in the sun:)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Skarlet....You have presented a very interesting and useful hub.....especially for "women." Men just don't seem to obsess the way we do, do they? Oh well...(must be their EGOS....they believe they're perfect?)lol

      I just wanted to add something, if you will please.....besides all the things we DO to remain young, vibrant and lovely....there's quite a long list of what to "avoid"...which I am certain women already know! Just to mention a few of the many.....the SUN....it's a killer on our skin, especially faces. Lack of water...both inside and out. Poor nutrition and lack of fresh air and activity... Here's to all the gorgeous women of HubPages....YOU, espcially, Skarlet! UP++

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Thank you fpherj48,

      Haha, Your comment made my morning, very nice.

      You are right about the things to avoid. I did not even think of it. Oh, I feel another Hub coming on.

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