What to Look for in Anti-Aging Cream

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As we age, our facial skin dries and thins out; wrinkles will start showing near the mouth and eyes. Deeper lines are etched permanently on the forehead and jowls. And as the skin loses its elasticity, it starts to sag around the jawline and chin. All these changes can make us look and feel old.

That’s why it pays to keep a good anti-wrinkle cream around to delay the signs of aging! Almost all types of wrinkle-removing creams on the market will claim that they’ll help defy aging. But do they really?

A good anti-aging cream should do more than just smooth out wrinkles; it should contain active compounds that will address your skin’s specific needs. If you’re shopping for a good anti-wrinkle cream and you’re overwhelmed with the myriad of choices on your local beauty counters, make sure you keep these things in mind when you shop:

Shopping According to Your Skin Type

It might be tempting to get your hands on newfangled skin cream that promises to remove spots, blemishes, and wrinkles within weeks. But is it formulated for your skin?

When it comes to choosing the best skincare products for you, shop according to your skin type. Even if a newfangled skin cream has beauty experts raving about it,if it’s made for normal skin, its effects may not work on your oily or problematic skin.

Do note that some anti-wrinkle creams work for a specific age group. For example, if you’re pushing 50, you cannot expect great results in a product formulated for people in their 30s. When shopping for any type of skincare product, we recommend talking to your dermatologist first or even the sales rep of your local beauty counter. This way, you will learn which parts of their lines are dedicated for your skin and your age group.

Knowing Different Types of Anti-Aging Creams

There are different types of anti-aging creams. They differ in formulation, active ingredients, and textures. Some skin creams are formulated with AHAs or vitamin C to hasten cell turnover, revealing the clear, younger-looking layer of skin underneath. Some anti-aging creams are formulated with collagen-boosting ingredients like Coenzyme Q10 or copper peptides to prevent saggy skin and fill out deeper wrinkles. Other skin creams contain antioxidants like green tea or retinol to prevent cell damage from free radicals and delay signs of aging.

Because different skin creams do different things, it’s important to outline what results you are expecting. Do you want to smooth out wrinkles or do you want to prevent early signs of aging? Do you want plump, soft skin or do you want a product that will target deeper wrinkles like laugh lines or lines on your forehead?

Knowing the Right Face Cream Formulations

Some face creams are lighter and easily absorbed by the skin — these are called day creams. Day creams usually contain sunscreen to protect the skin from sun damage and could be worn under makeup. Heavier creams, on the other hand, are best reserved for night use. Unlike day cream that has a light, almost gel-like consistency, night creams are emollient, richer, and they take a while to be absorbed by the skin. Because of its heavy formula, night creams cannot be worn under make up.

Skin creams also come in different textures and choosing which ones to buy will come down to what you prefer. For instance, if you prefer to use light creams during the summer, then go for gel-type of skin creams. For winter months, you can use creams in whipped, creamy texture or anti-aging creams with liquid-y texture.