Some of them work and some don't.
But, some anti-aging skin cream actually does more harm than good.
The "workhorse" of the cosmetic industry is petrolatum.
It's the same thing as petroleum jelly and mineral oils are actually liquid petrolatum.
The compounds, along with paraffin wax and liquid paraffin, are by-products of gasoline production.
It was discovered on some of the first oil rigs in the country.
But, what is it doing in anti aging skin care systems? Essentially, they have to have a "base-cream".
Other compounds are added to it or mixed with it, but the industry relies on it as though there were no other choice.
The problem with petroleum by-products, according to respected dermatologists, is that they interfere with the skin's natural rejuvenation processes.
With extended use, it will actually "increase" sagging, wrinkles and fine lines, all of the things that you wanted to get rid of.
It's really not a good choice for any kind of skincare, but definitely not for antiaging skin cream.
It's self-defeating! So, before you buy anti-aging skin cream, be sure to read the list of ingredients and avoid anything that contains petrolatum or other petroleum derivatives.
Other things to avoid include preservatives (especially parabens) and added fragrances.
They are the leading causes of adverse reactions and may cause other health problems.
Once you find preservative, fragrance and petrolatum free products, then you can look for effective ingredients.
One of the best is a protein extracted from sheep's wool.
It's called Functional Keratin.
In the laboratory, anti aging skin care containing Functional Keratin has been shown to increase the production of new skin cells by as much as 160%.
We need new cells to create new fibers.
Along with moisture, they create the skin's elastic nature.
As we get older, our body produces fewer cells and fibers, the levels of protein and moisture in our skin fall.
Anti-aging skin cream containing Functional Keratin has been shown to increase moisture levels by over 20% and the level remains higher as the day goes on.
With typical anti aging skin care systems, there is a moisture boost initially, but in 24 hours or less, dryness returns.
That's why researchers measured moisture levels again in 24 hours and found the skin's moisture level was still over 20% higher than before application.
Additional benefits were seen after using anti-aging skin cream containing the protein.
It reduces inflammation, so bags start to disappear.
Ruddiness or redness fades.
The extract also has antioxidant activity, which is important.
Wrinkles are basically free radical damage.
Antioxidants repair free radical damage and prevent further damage from occurring.
Other ingredients to look for include Wakame Kelp, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and grape seed extract.
It's kind of like a vitamin supplement that you apply directly.
That's what anti aging skin care should be, an instrument to improve the skin's health.
Remember the ingredients to avoid when you go shopping.