Step Three: Reach for the Right Anti-Wrinkle Skin Cream
- Retin-A and its gentler formula, Renova, are the top anti-aging creams clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and to thicken collagen, the support structure in the skin that gives it youthful plumpness, says June Breiner, MD, of Lutherville, Md. Both are available by prescription in several strengths. You should notice a difference in your skin’s appearance in about six weeks.
- “Peptides in skin creams are the most recent anti-aging help for skin,” says Gerrish. “There are creams available on the market that allow the peptides to penetrate to the collagen layer and actually thicken it, which lessens fine lines and wrinkles. The cream must have one of two key ingredients, Matrixyl or Argireline, in order for the peptides to do their job.”
- Glycolic acid, used in higher strengths for facial peels at the doctor’s office, is another ingredient that can thicken collagen and brighten your skin. “Look for a cream that has a minimum of 25 percent glycolic acid for it to be beneficial,” Gerrish says.
- Vitamin C also helps your skin produce collagen.Dr. Breiner says to “look for products with magnesium ascorbyl phosphate [MAP], which allow the vitamin C to penetrate to the collagen area, where it can work its magic.”
Most over-the-counter creams that promise wrinkle removal “are nothing more than expensive moisturizers,” Gerrish says. Using a moisturizer is an important part of an overall, anti-aging skin-care regimen because dry, flaky skin gives an “older” appearance, but a good moisturizer doesn’tt have to be expensive. Plenty of drugstore moisturizers will get the job done without breaking the bank.