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How do anti-aging creams actually work? Are they scam or do those really work?

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Anti-aging creams are actually moisturizer-based cosmeceutical skincare products marketed with the claim of making the consumer look younger by reducing, masking, or preventing signs of skin aging.

What are the different signs of aging on the skin?
There can be several signs of skin aging some of which include;

  1. Laxity (sagging)
  2. Rhytids (wrinkles)
  3. Photoaging, which includes:
    • Erythema (redness)
    • Dyspigmentation (brown discolorations)
    • Solar Elastosis (Yellowing)
    • Keratoses (abnormal growths), and
    • Poor Texture

Do anti-aging creams really work?
Despite great demand, many anti-aging products and treatments have not been proven to give lasting or major positive effects.

One study found that the best performing creams reduced wrinkles by less than 10% over 12 weeks, which is not noticeable to the human eye. Another study found that cheap moisturizers were as effective as high-priced anti-wrinkle creams, and this might be because the actives that are used to make these kinds of products are actually a working solution.

You will have to use anti-aging creams for at least 6 months to get some visible effect. And application should be daily. This happens because human skin absorbs those actives slowly, and then those actives start showing their results.

What are the different ingredients used in anti-aging creams?
Anti-aging creams are made like any other moisturizing cream but have actives that are claimed to deal with aging, such as:

  1. Retinoids (for instance, in the form of retinyl palmitate). In various formulations, it has been shown to reduce fine lines and pores.
  2. Epidermal growth factors, stimulate cell renewal and collagen production in the skin and strengthen elasticity and structure. In various research, epidermal growth factor has been shown to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. It also has healing (wounds and burns) and anti-inflammatory properties when applied to the skin.
  3. Equol
  4. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids or other chemical peels. These help to dissolve the intracellular "glue" that holds dead cells together on the skin.

    The use of this type of product daily gradually enhances the exfoliation of the epidermis. This exposes newer skin cells and can help improve appearance. AHAs may irritate some skin, causing redness and flaking.
  5. Peptides, such as acetyl hexapeptide-3 (Argireline), Matryxil, and copper peptides.
  6. Coenzyme Q10
  7. Anti-oxidants are substances that may protect cells from the damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals.
  8. Sunscreens provide a high level of UVA protection against the effects of UVA radiation, such as wrinkles.
  9. Vitamin C

So to sum it all down, Yes, anti-aging creams do help in reducing signs of aging, and there is no scam in the claim. Although their effects are slow and not so long-lasting, they do work.

Most of the people that start using anti-aging creams think that they will get results from the first or second application which is not true, and one should be consistent with what kind of cream they are using as it might take at least a year to have some visible result.



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