Wrinkle Fighters

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In addition to protecting your skin from environmental damage, properly moisturizing, getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of water, and eating a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, there are numerous wrinkle treatments available over the counter and by prescription to aid* you in your battle against the lines. The following ingredients are commonly found in wrinkle creams and have shown wrinkle reducing* promise* in scientific studies.

    Wrinkle Fighters
  • Topical vitamin C – Eating a diet rich in vitamin C has long been considered a healthy habit for your body and your skin. However, recent studies have shown that the topical application of vitamin C to the skin can boost* collagen production, guard the skin against the harmful effects of sun exposure, even out skin tone, and reduce* inflammation. Of the different types of vitamin C studied, L-ascorbic acid seems to be the most effective.
  • Human Growth Factors – Some studies have shown that these essential components of the body’s arsenal against tissue damage may lessen sun damage and reduce* wrinkles when applied topically.
  • Kinetin – A growth factor found in plants, kinetin has shown promise* in wrinkle reduction* and skin tone evening. It may be a powerful antioxidant, help speed collagen production, and improve* skin hydration.
  • Retinoids – The best known retinoid is tretinoin, commonly called Retin A. So far, Retin A is the only topical cream approved for wrinkle treatment by the FDA. It is sold as a prescription and has shown promise* in reducing* both fine lines and deeper wrinkles, as well as undoing sun damage. Some studies have shown that retinol, which is a natural type of vitamin A, may be as effective if used in a highly concentrated formula.
  • Alpha-hydroxy Acids – Also known as AHAs, alpha-hydroxy acids occur naturally in fruits and have shown promise* in exfoliation of the skin. They remove* the dead cells at the surface of the skin, which helps to reduce* the appearance of wrinkles. Some recent studies suggest that high concentrations of AHAs may increase* collagen production.
  • Pentapeptides – Recent research and studies have shown that a group of amino acids called pentapeptides might also help to boost* collagen production, even in skin damaged by sun exposure.
  • Idebenone – Very similar in chemical structure to coenzyme Q10, another promising topical treatment for younger looking skin, idebenone is a highly effective antioxidant. Recent studies have shown that it may help to smooth, soften, hydrate, and help repair skin to reduce* the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Coenzyme Q10 – An active nutrient in cell energy production. Some studies have shown that coenzyme Q10 may reduce* the appearance of wrinkles and may protect* against the sun when applied before exposure.
  • Copper Peptides – All of our cells contain traces of copper, it is an important element. In topical applications, copper is combined with peptides to help speed healing*. They may also boost* collagen production and support* the effects of antioxidants.
  • Extracts of Teas – Green tea is most commonly used, although some treatments may contain oolong or black tea. These extracts are rich in antioxidants and help to reduce* inflammation or swelling.

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