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How effective are over the counter wrinkle creams? A couple of different research groups have attempted to answer that question.
As the popularity of anti-aging formulas continues to increase, you will have more and more products to choose from. Knowing what to look for will help you make a decision you are satisfied with. That’s why research groups that care about consumer interests have investigated the benefits of these products. Here’s a look at what they have found.
More expensive products are not necessarily any better than cheaper ones. High prices can sometimes be attributed to a designer name, a fancy bottle or a massive advertising campaign.
High quality ingredients do cost more. Naturally occurring ones are more expensive than synthetics. It’s just that some companies charge more for the exact same formula. A good rule of thumb is this. If you see a product advertised heavily on TV or in magazines, you are paying more for the formula than you have to.
Some ingredients or compounds are more effective than others. Most over the counter wrinkle creams are moisturizer-based cosmeceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are compounds that have both cosmetic benefits and pharmaceutical activity. Many of the compounds are nutraceuticals; nutrients or food extracts with pharmaceutical activity.
The active compounds are generally mixed with inactive ones. The actives are included at different concentrations. The lower the actives appear on a list of ingredients, the lower the concentration.
Some companies include a number of active compounds. Many research and development teams believe that including multiple active ingredients will enhance the benefits of each individual one. In other words, they will work together in synergy.
Not many over the counter wrinkle creams include these synergistic formulas. But, the ones that do are very effective. That brings us back to the question at the beginning of this article. How effective are they?
A nano-emulsion consisting of a 10% concentration of natural vitamin E and a 5% concentration of coenzyme Q10 may reverse wrinkles and sun damage by as much as 30% after three months of daily use.
The “three months” concerns some people. They have read the advertisements about face lifts in a jar that “erase” wrinkles “instantly”. Here’s what independent studies have said about that.
The only instant benefit is purely cosmetic. In many cases, it is due simply to the moisturizers including in over the counter wrinkle creams. If a person’s skin is dry, which is a problem for many people, moisturizers provide an instant improvement.
In addition to the 30% improvement mentioned above, you can get a 40% improvement in the skin’s firmness with a compound called Functional Keratin. Functional Keratin also provides a 14% improvement in the skin’s ability to retain moisture. Those results have been seen after only 18 days of continued use.
Would you see a 70% improvement if you used over the counter wrinkle creams containing both Functional Keratin and the COQ10 emulsion? Individual results vary according to the researchers. But, you can always hope for the best.
Valerie Rosenbaum is an expert author on the topic of natural skin care products. After years of research, the skin care products she recommends use a proprietary blend of all natural ingredients in the best anti wrinkle creams. To learn more visit her anti aging skin care products blog.