Anti wrinkle creams remain popular among people who wish to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without invasive procedures such as cosmetic surgery. Most anti wrinkle creams are marketed for use around the eyes, which is where wrinkles and lines, such as "crow's feet," develop.

However, some people use anti-wrinkle creams on other parts of the face and neck. The best anti wrinkle creams are those that work well on a user's skin, do not have adverse side effects and actually do what they claim to do -- that is, eliminate wrinkles or reduce their appearance.

Anti-wrinkle eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye area, and are usually applied sparingly to avoid the product coming into accidental contact with the eye. Cosmetics companies have come up with a large number of ingredients that they claim reduce wrinkles.

Some common ingredients include: retinol, which is a vitamin A compound that is also available by prescription; hydroxy acids, derived from fruits and available as alpha-, beta- and poly- acids, which exfoliate the top layer of skin; coenzyme Q10, which is believed to be a nutrient; tea extracts that provide anti-oxidants; copper peptides, which may increase collagen production in the skin; and kinetin, a plant growth factor that may help the skin to retain moisture. Each of these ingredients has a different effect on the skin.

Exfoliation, for example, removes dead skin cells to reveal younger-looking cells beneath the surface. An increase in collagen production means that the skin is producing a compound that makes the skin cells fuller and smoother. Moisturized skin is believed to appear younger as well.

However, these common ingredients are not the only ingredients that an anti-wrinkle cream may contain. Certain companies offer additional ingredients, such as sunscreens, algae, aloe vera, oxygen, seaweed, vitamin E, and various extracts such as soy. Different users of these products have reported different results, so if one product is not working, another product may work better.

One thing to consider is that the more ingredients an anti wrinkle cream contains, the more difficult it becomes to isolate which ingredient is an irritant. In some cases, people with sensitive skin find that alpha hydroxy acids cause a rash on the skin. If irritation or a rash appears after consistent use of an anti-wrinkle cream, the user should discontinue use until the rash disappears, then try a different product.

Certain compounds, such as retinol, also increase sensitivity to the sun, so users should read all instructions before applying, and should take proper precautions as advised by the manufacturer. The majority of people who use anti-wrinkle creams report improved skin appearance after consistent use, and do not experience adverse side effects. Some elect to use "systems" that consist of a product applied at night, a different product applied in the morning, and a moisturizer with sunscreen worn during the day to keep the skin hydrated and protected from the sun. Systems specific to the eye area may also consist of an eye mask or will contain ingredients designed to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eye.

Those who are searching for the best anti wrinkle cream should take into account what specific problems need to be treated and should then try a product that fits within their budget, contains ingredients designed to treat their specific problems and do not contain extraneous ingredients that could irritate the skin.