Let's Work On Wrinkle Reduction

For some, the thought of having wrinkles is so distasteful that they will go to any length, trying expensive and invasive procedures to eliminate the wrinkles. Plastic surgery, collagen injections, Botox™ injections, and chemical peels all top the list of cosmetic procedures available to eliminate wrinkles. Most of these are not covered by insurance, because they are considered “cosmetic” or “not medically necessary.” The are expensive and often have a low incidence of satisfaction, because the result does not look natural and they have to repeat the treatment to maintain the look.

If the thought of using invasive, expensive procedures to treat your wrinkles is not palatable to you, there are options that are clinically proven, non-invasive, safe and effective: namely, wrinkle creams. But buyers beware: there are many, many scams out there that promise results, but don’t deliver. Do yourself a favor and be an empowered consumer!

The best way to avoid scams is by educating yourself about ingredients before you commit to purchasing. Any wrinkle cream worth its salt will give you a list of the ingredients. Secondly, you need to know what you are putting on your face. Here's a link to read more about anti-wrinkle cream ingredients.

There are a myriad of treatments out there to reduce wrinkles and the appearance of deep furrows. It is important to remember that if you choose to use a high quality wrinkle cream, instead of one of the cosmetic procedures listed above,

  1. You must use the product faithfully as indicated.
  2. Results will not be instant, but will appear more gradually. For many people, this is preferable anyways, because they will avoid the “you got something done” scrutiny.

In recent years, there have been remarkable advances in topical wrinkle cream treatments. One has been the use of ubiquinone, otherwise known as idebenone, in wrinkle creams. Idebenone is a powerful antioxidant that helps shield our skin from environmental damage, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps reduce dryness and smoothens skin texture. Idebenone is found in LifeCell.

Vitamin C has been used for years in treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, and has been clinically proven to increase collagen synthesis, thus increasing skin tone and firmness and reducing wrinkles.

Topical retinoids, or vitamin A, helps reduce fine lines by inducing new collagen growth in the skin. They are available in over-the- counter creams labeled as retinol and in stronger prescription strength creams such as tretinoin or Renova©. Here's a link to read words of caution about the use of retinoids.

Acetyl hexapeptide-3, an active ingredient in LifeCell, is being touted as the Botox™ alternative. It works in the same way, relaxing the muscles underlying the wrinkle. Because you cannot contract this muscle, the wrinkles won’t appear. This both minimizes the wrinkles you have and prevents new wrinkles from forming. This is a relatively new drug, and long term effects have not been explored.

Deanol is another ingredient used in LifeCell, but unlike the other ingredients, this causes an almost instant reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its mechanism of action is still being explored, but scientists have discovered it has the ability to cause skin cells to plump, thus filling out the wrinkle.

If you do explore non-surgical procedures or plastic surgery to treat deeper furrows, use of a protective product, such as LifeCell or Revitol, would prevent the need to repeat expensive and/or painful procedures.