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How to Choose an Over the Counter Retinol Product

By Edited Mar 30, 2016 1 2

If you want to keep your skin wrinkle free and younger looking as you get older you can use an anti aging wrinkle cream. If you look in the shops you'll find a huge number of different anti wrinkle and anti aging products with a variety of ingredients that all claim to reduce wrinkles. How do you find one that is right for your skin and that works?

The first thing to do is to examine your skin and decide what type it is and what condition it is in. Is your skin oily or dry? Or is it a combination skin?

Next consider the age of your skin and its current state of health. If you have a younger looking skin with only a few fine lines you should consider using a light lotion. However for an older skin with many lines and wrinkles you'll need an anti aging product that is stronger to be effective.

Now let's consider which ingredients in anti aging wrinkle creams are useful and which really don't do anything. Many of the ingredients claimed to work have not been shown to be clinically effective. There are however some ingredients that have been shown in clinical trials to reduce wrinkles and help to make the skin look more youthful.

Which ingredients should you be looking for when you purchase an anti aging treatment? In this article we'll look at ingredients claimed to be effective so that you can make a wise choice.

Ingredients That Have No Effect

Collagen is a protein in the skin that helps to support it and prevent sagging. When it is damaged, which occurs naturally as we age or by the effects of the sun or other environmental factors, the skin is less firmly supported and starts to sag. However, applying collagen to the surface of the skin has no effect as collagen is a large molecule that cannot penetrate the outer surface of the skin. So, if an anti aging product claims that the collagen added to it will reduce wrinkles do not believe it!

Expensive Creams and Lotions Just because a cream or lotion is expensive does not mean that it will work better than a cheaper cream. Look at the active ingredients. Most creams, whether cheaper or expensive, contain about the same concentration of active ingredients. In an expensive cream you are paying for the 'expensive' name.

Which Ingredients are Effective?

Retinol has been shown in clinical trials to be effective at reducing lines and wrinkles. Check the concentration of the active ingredient in any product you buy and start with a lower concentration, progressing to a higher concentration as your skin becomes accustomed to it. However, be aware if you use a retinol product that you will need to continue to use it or your wrinkles will come back eventually. You should also use a good sunscreen as this ingredient increases the skin's sensitivity to the UV rays of the sun.

Another effective ingredient is Coenzyme Q which is often included in retinol products and helps to protect the skin from damage by the sun.

Copper peptides are also used in anti aging products and are also effective. They have been used for many years to heal wounds and are good anti oxidants so can help to prevent further environmental damage.


If you choose an anti aging cream containing the above ingredients you can be sure that they will be effective as long as you use them regularly and for long enough. Over the counter retinol products won't reduce your wrinkles overnight but over a few months they'll have a significant effect on the appearance of your skin.



May 5, 2011 3:13pm
Good information
May 5, 2011 3:40pm
Yes, Great article...also I understand that taking Co Q10 by mouth in a vitamin form helps one internally.
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