Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in Beauty, Medical

Everyone wants to have a lovely portrait of themselves at their very best that captures the essence of their very being. These days, people live longer and better; however, often the effects of aging put a damper on our longevity. The notion that wrinkles are the residue of smiles gone by is of little comfort. For this reason, the anti-aging cosmetic industry rakes in billions of dollars around the world. This is especially true in the United States where the baby boom generation is currently in the process of coming of age. The proliferation of anti-aging creams begs the question “Do these products actually work?” The answer to this question varies depending upon the active ingredients in the products and the length and consistency of use.

Here are some of the ingredients you will commonly find in anti-aging creams:

Retinol – a vitamin A derivative

Retinol serves the purpose of reducing the appearance of both deep wrinkles and fine lines. It is intended to improve the appearance of skin that is depleted of collagen. It also supports the natural processes of the skin to minimize the size of pores.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) – a Ubiquinone

This ingredient is similar to a vitamin. It is a fat soluble substance, and it can be found in all the cells of the human body. This substance protects the cells and assists in the production of energy for the body. A few studies have indicated that CoQ10 may help skin damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays to appear healthier and freer of wrinkles. CoQ10 works by stimulating the production of healthy collagen and reducing damaging substances within the skin.

Niacinimide – a vitamin B

Niacinimide is similar to niacin (vitamin B3). It is a very powerful antioxidant which assists in reducing the amount of water lost from the skin. This, in turn, improves the skin’s elasticity.

Peptides – long-chain amino acids

Peptides act as chemical messengers throughout the human body. They are groups of long-chain amino acids that the cosmetic industry has made use of because they support the healing of wounds. They do this by increasing collagen production. Collagen is the substance that supports the structure of the skin and keeps it looking firm and youthful. This substance may be injected directly into wrinkles; however, research indicates that topical application may be more effective in that it stimulates the skin to produce collagen. There are a few popular products that contain peptides, such as Vernal™ Anti Aging by Vernal Skin Care System and Olay Regenerist Anti Aging.

Proceed With Caution

Understand that some of these products may result in redness, burning, rashes and/or other skin irritations. It is imperative that your read, understand and adhere to package directions in order to avoid negative side effects. Be sure to talk with your dermatologist before you begin use of an anti-aging cream.