Let's face it: we don't all look as good as we used to do. As years go on, not only do our muscles slow down, but our skin starts to look weaker than it used to. Because of natural causes, wrinkles and other unsightly stuff on our face will make us look bloated and exhausted – even older than we actually are!
One of the easiest ways to try to combat this is by using anti-aging creams. Perhaps the greatest concern for consumers is that the market is absolutely saturated with demand, and the beauty industry is not only highly competitive, it is still growing.
The first reason these creams work is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and curves. Between the grin lines to the crow's knees, this is probably the first thing people talk of when it comes to "looking tired," and so it's one of the main things that creams try to remedy. They usually do so either by plumping the skin and hydrating it with something like hyaluronic acid or glycerin4, or by encouraging greater development of collagen and elastin in the skin.
One way is to give your skin the nutrients it needs to remain balanced, an essential part of making your skin look young and new.
Here, the creams and serums experts recommend most.
This is a milder retinol drug that helps to carry new skin cells to the surface while promoting new production of collagen over time. It is heavy enough to be annoying, however, so start by adding a thin layer two nights a week and through gradually as tolerated.
If your skin happens to be responsive (and you want something affordable), this cream contains tiger grass to help soothe and fix the skin barrier, along with pro retinol to reinforce the deeper layers of your skin.
This cream includes hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, amino-peptides to firm the skin, and niacinamide (a.k.a. vitamin B3), a potent antioxidant that helps to enhance the appearance of swollen pores and dullness.
The drug contains the retinol required to relieve and avoid wrinkles, along with efficient hydrating ingredients to mitigate the inflammation that other retinol-containing products encounter.
My preferred derm is the only prescription-strength retinoid (adapalene) available to OTC, and it treats anything from cancer and discoloration and wrinkles. Apply a soft moisturizer to the surface as it works much like a cream. If you feel discomfort, use the moisturizer below to provide a bit of a buffer.
This incorporates ceramides and hyaluronic acid, making it an ideal hydrator that helps to minimize the skin's crepey texture, while niacinamide also helps to soften the skin. It's a simple formulation that doesn't clog the pores (and is super-easy on the wallet).
This cream is made with bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol substitute that offers comparable benefits but is smoother on the skin. This is also combined with exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and Edelweiss stem cells, eventually allowing the skin to battle fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots while increasing elasticity.
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