Do you use anti-aging creams? Have you ever wondered if your anti-aging cream is safe to be used on the long term? Does it have any side effects?
Do you know that the FDA classifies creams and lotions as cosmetics, which are defined as having no medical value?!
The facts (which I will state below) that I found made me stop buying over-the-counter anti-aging creams. And I am sure that you too will do the same after reading my post. If you are looking for a face- lift in a bottle, you may be disappointed with the results you get.
According to Mayo clinic, there are six main ingredients in anti-aging creams that work, they are:
- Retinol: an antioxidant that is widely used in nonprescription wrinkle creams.
- Hydroxy acids: these acids are used for exfoliating your skin, but you should be aware of the fact that “Because hydroxy acids increase your susceptibility to sun damage, always wears sunscreen during use and for at least one week afterward.”
- Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient that helps regulate energy production in cells.
- Copper peptides: helps in the production of collagen.
- Kinetin: this ingredient may improve the appearance of wrinkles.
- Tea extracts: are widely used in anti-aging creams.
Although most anti-aging creams contain those ingredients, they are in less concentration than recommended, so, if effective, you need to wait long to get the desired results, and when you stop using them, there is a possibility that wrinkles will appear again.
I was very disappointed when I read that the FDA classifies creams as cosmetics. Cosmetics only undergo tests for safety and not for effectiveness. Therefore, every cream we buy is safe to be used on a human being, but does it reduce the appearance of wrinkles? There is no guarantee!
Do you still think that there are anti-aging creams that work perfectly to reduce wrinkles?
Ok, if you insist, but you need to keep the following in mind:
- The anti-aging cream cost: there is no proof that there is a relation between the cost of the cream and its effectiveness. So a 100$ anti-aging cream may give you the same results as a 10$ one.
- There is no objective research to prove that the over-the-counter creams improve the appearance of wrinkles.
- Anti-aging creams that work well in reducing wrinkles should have certain concentrations, but those available have less concentration of the active ingredients than prescription creams. So if they work, results are limited and work only for a short time!
- Results are limited to long use and will relapse when you stop using it.And once you discontinue using the product, your skin is likely to return to its original appearance.Can you imagine that?!
- You may encounter side effects, so you need to test the anti-aging creams before using it.
- There is no guarantee that the product will cause the same results on different skin types.
These facts made me think a million times before buying anti-aging creams, I even tossed away anti-aging creams I have in my closet. I switched to more natural ways to reduce my wrinkles and prevent future wrinkles from appearing.
A woman from the Middle East gave me a special green tea mask remedy, which I have been using for 2 months now. My skin is more flexible now, moisturized, and age spots started to fade. All are natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. I will write a post about that in the near future. I also started a natural anti-aging regimen.
A last advice by Mayo clinic states that If you are concerned about your skin, ask your dermatologist. He or she can evaluate your skin’s condition, and recommend the best products for your skin condition.
So, do you still think that anti-aging creams that work do exist?
[ Reference: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wrinkle-creams]