Anti-aging creams

Anti-aging creams claim to make the consumer look younger by reducing visible wrinkles, expression lines, blemishes, pigmentation changes, discolourations and other skin conditions created by the environment. These creams are predominantly moisturiser based cosmeceutical skin care products. There is no doubt a great demand for such creams. But so far they have not been proven to give positive or lasting effects. Though most of these products are targeted to the women consumer, products for men are also available.

What are the factors that accelerate skin aging?

Skin aging takes place depending on your genes and lifestyle. Our face, neck, hands and forearms are areas that age the fastest as sun exposure accelerates the signs of ageing such as dryness, wrinkles and skin growths like liver spots. Smoking and air pollution are also important factors.

How do anti-aging creams work?

Anti-ageing creams stimulate the cells to form more fibre for firmness. The alpha-hydroxy acids in them increase blood supply and realign the collagen to reduce creases. These creams also trap moisture on the skin's surface and prevent it from drying up, especially in dehydrating air-conditioned environments.

The active ingredient in anti-ageing creams is the vitamin-A derived tretinoin. The other ingredients are antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene.

Do anti-wrinkle creams really get rid of wrinkles?

Only to a very small extent. What they really so is either help remove the dead outer layer of the skin or hydrate the skin and plump it up, giving the appearance of removing wrinkles.

What is the alternative to anti-aging cream?

Experts advise that the best way to ward off wrinkles, specially around the eyes, is to use sunscreen, wear UV-absorbing sunglasses and not smoke. You need to consume fruits and vegetables in adequate quantity, so that your body is nourished from within.

Is there any home-made remedy to tighten skins?

Try this formula. It is likely to help:

Use the following ingredients: 1 crushed banana, 1 tsp soaked sesame seeds, quarter tsp pure ghee, pinch of turmeric, 1 tsp almond milk. Make a smooth paste and gently massage into your skin.

How to select the best anti-aging cream?