The best thing since sliced bread? Or the best marketing coup since, well, sliced bread? If there is one thing that divides opinion in the cosmetic world it is anti-aging creams. Do they work? Do some anti-aging creams work better than others? Or is the best cure for wrinkles a lifetime of good sleep and a relaxed life (proving increasingly elusive in the hectic pace of modern living)?
Tackling the signs of aging primarily involves tightening the appearance of skin on the face, especially around the eye and mouth area. As people grow older, their skin loses the elasticity of youth, causing the skin to become looser, and less able to repair itself from damage. This results in the formation of wrinkles, which can cause low self-esteem and stress – in itself a cause of wrinkles!
Various factors can increase the rate of skin degeneration, including excessive sun exposure, smoking, and dehydration. But whatever the reasons, suffering from wrinkles is eventually inevitable, right?
Anti-aging creams offer a lifeline for those people who wish to prevent signs of aging from appearing for as long as possible. Anti-aging creams are increasingly popular, and an incredibly lucrative market for cosmetics retailers. Such massive levels of sales would seem to indicate these creams work, or at least appear to work to the user – but with so many to choose from, what should you look for?
When choosing an anti-aging cream, it is best to look at the top five listed ingredients in the cream, as these will be the active agents that work to replenish your skin. Creams containing sunscreens, antioxidants and moisturisers are preferable, and care should be taken to ensure the correct cream is chosen to compliment your skin type (dry, oily, or sensitive).
Vitamin C, caffeine, and Green Tea extracts are important antioxidants used to stimulate collagen production, while Coenzyme Q10, Copper Peptides, Hydrozy Acids, and Kinetin are used to increase antioxidant potential, and stimulate and exfoliate the skin. This last bunch might sound scary, but scientific studies have shown that these things really do appear to work – so what’s the debate all about?
Well, some creams do seem to offer a miracle in a (rather expensive) jar.
One brand in particular, LifeCell All-in-One Anti-Aging Cream, makes some pretty bold claims – apparently it can reduce signs of aging within seconds. But LifeCell also prides itself on its long-term effects: its unique combination of six natural ingredients stimulates collagen production, causing skin to regain the firmness and elasticity of youth within a week or two of use.
LifeCell takes a two-pronged approach to tackling the inevitable signs of aging. Firstly, the cream attempts to produce an immediate anti-wrinkle effect, with reflective particles that work to disguise wrinkles, rather than prevent them. By changing the way light is reflected on the skin, this cream will quickly transform your face. While this effect might not take place as quickly as advertised, and may not remove all the signs of wrinkles, it does seem to work for most users and offers an immediate confidence boost.
But this cream isn’t just about looking good – it’s about feeling good too. LifeCell works to provide long-term support and nourishment to your skin, containing six key nutrients and active agents combined to increase the firmness and general well-being of skin over a period of consistent use. This process will naturally reduce the number of wrinkles on the skin, giving the user a younger-looking complexion.
Perhaps “anti-aging” is all a matter of confidence and belief. If you believe something will make you look younger, then you might feel more confident in your skin, which may make you less worried about whether it actually is preventing signs of aging from showing.
Saying that, there is clearly something right going on with the science, as long-term use of LifeCell All-in-One Anti-Aging Cream does appear to improve the appearance, and feel, of skin; reducing wrinkles and replenishing the skin’s natural elasticity.