Anti-aging creams have been a staple in the beauty industry for years. These beauty creams are usually aimed at women going through the aging process with goals of preserving youthful features and clear, smooth skin that glows.
You might also know anti-aging creams as anti-wrinkle creams. Both are created to target skin hyperpigmentation, frown lines and wrinkles, dry skin and eye wrinkles.
The beauty industry sells these products by similar promises. Many say they will reduce skin blotches, spots, the appearance of pores and brighten dull-looking skin. Read on to find out how they work.
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How do anti-aging creams work?
The effectiveness of the creams is dependent on the ingredients of each one. Anti-aging creams are made up of several properties which work together, including:
- Antioxidant benefits
- Sun protection
The hydration side of the creams works to plump up the skin so that wrinkles appear smaller, says Olay UK. Ingredients such as glycerine and hyaluronic acid should do this job by binding water on the top layers of the skin.
Chemical exfoliants work by dissolving the bonds between the cells on the top surface of the skin. Exfoliation speeds up the skin renewal process with ingredients such as niacinamide, Olay UK advises.
Creams containing antioxidants such as vitamins C and E will then help to fight surface free radicals that can cause premature aging. Broad-spectrum protection SPF will protect the skin against UVA and UVB rays from the sun, which also cause premature aging.
Does anti-aging cream work?
There have been mixed reports on whether anti-aging creams do actually work. According to The Daily Mail, scientists proved that the creams do work if they contain the special ingredient of matrixyl.
Experiments found that the key ingredient doubles the production of collagen, a protein that helps the skin to look plump and full. Collagen has also been used for wound healing for similar purposes in repairing the skin.
Reading University professor and chemist Ian Hamley said : “Our research shows that products with matrixyl will have skincare benefits. Studies like this are very important for the consumer, as cosmetic companies rarely publish their work so that rivals don’t copy their products.”
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