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Do Creams Really Reduce Wrinkles? Ask the Experts

Aging is natural and, unfortunately, brings along lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin with it. For some, wrinkles can begin at an early age, but believe it or not, Botox is not the only way to get rid of them. Wrinkle creams do work if you use the right one and are familiar with your skin type. The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute are here to help you find the perfect wrinkle cream to give you smooth, glowing skin again.

What to Know About Wrinkles and Creams

The Aging Process

The aging process can begin as early as your 30s or not until your 50s, and for some later than that. Aging is caused by a lack or loss of collagen. Collagen is naturally produced in our bodies, but as we age, it is produced less and less. Collagen helps to keep our skin tight, but as less of it is produced, our skin becomes loose, resulting in lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin. Fortunately, there are ways to naturally and unnaturally (such as Botox), increase collagen production. Learn more below about naturally increasing collagen production.

Increasing Collagen Production

Creams and serums can help to naturally increase collagen production in our skin. It is best if they are used before as a prevention method prior to wrinkles appearing but can still help your skin when wrinkles do appear. The most important aspect of using creams and serums is to ensure it becomes part of your daily morning and night routine. If you are using them sparingly, you will not get to see the full results.

To treat and prevent wrinkles, you will want products that include anti-aging ingredients. The best anti-aging ingredients are retinol, peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid. Not only is choosing products with these ingredients important but so is knowing your skin type. For those with oily skin, you will want a lightweight cream, and for those with dry skin, you will want a hydrating and moisturizing cream. When these products are applied daily, the ingredients in them work to lift and tighten the skin while increasing collagen production. Within 12 weeks of consistently using wrinkle creams, you will begin to see results.

In addition to creams and serums, there are other ways to protect your skin from wrinkles forming. Always wearing sunscreen is a great way to avoid sun damage that often results in wrinkles and fine lines. Sunscreen should be applied last after your other creams and serums are applied. It is also recommended to add exfoliating to your skin routine once per week. This will help unclog pores and ensure your creams are penetrating your skin, so you get the full effect of them. Lastly, smoking is a common cause of aging and wrinkles. Even second-hand smoke can impact your skin. Quitting smoking or staying away from those who smoke can help your skin stay smooth and clear.

Wrinkle creams do work if you are patient and use them consistently. If you have questions or concerns about what product is best for you and you are in Bloomington, Illinois, or surrounding areas, complete this form. The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute want to help you look and feel young again!

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