Anti aging guide

About Anti-Aging Creams



What are actually anti-aging creams and do they really work

It is not clear whether creams containing antioxidants and other factors have a worthwhile effect on the skin. The main problem is that it is very difficult for these substances to penetrate the outer layer of the skin. New technologies are aiming to overcome this by using a variety of methods. One method, for example, uses liposomes, which are synthetic fats, to give the preparation extra penetrating power.

In a typical trial, a cream containing antioxidants delivered by liposomes was given to 160 women aged up to 60 for 18 months. Their wrinkles were assessed before and after the treatment and it was found that there was a significant improvement in those who used the cream. Not only did the cream prevent the formation of new wrinkles, but it reduced the size of existing ones. It also slowed down the rate of skin thinning.

Creams containing vitamin C have a good effect on facial skin according to a recent trial. This type of cream is effective in reducing sagging and fine lines under the eyes and improving skin tone.

Despite the positive results of these and other trials, many scientists are not convinced that merely applying the antioxidant creams on the skin will actually be effective because antioxidants absortion by the skin will be not be in sufficient quantities, and even if it is possible, the antioxidants might be unable to really provide the beneficial effect as it is needed. A small quantity may be absorbed by the skin and some benefits are possible but, if anything, it may be a better bet to take the antioxidants by mouth, to make them work from the inside.

Scientists are also doubtful about creams containing collagen. Many scientists can’t agree whether the type of collagen used in these creams can be absorbed by the skin, whether it can find its way to where it is needed and whether it blends in properly with the skin. Many believe that the benefits of these creams are not due to the collagen content but to the moisturizer which is usually added.

When there is a disagreement about a product (any products, including supplements and drugs, not just creams), people are advised to try the product for themselves for a while, under supervision. There isn’t any other way of testing a product, because even if something has been studied extensively, it may still not work in your particular case. Alternatively, a product may be rejected by the entire scientific community and yet may work wonders for you.

Beware of creams which claim that they have been ‘clinically’ or `dermatologically’ tested. If you think about it, this means nothing. All creams are tested clinically or dermatologically (meaning ‘on somebody’s skin’). It doesn’t mean that the result is positive. Maybe the product has been tested on one person or on one rabbit only. Saying that the product has been clinically tested creates an impression, a fa├žade, that the product is safe and effective. This may or may not be true.

Also, some manufacturers claim that their own particular brand reduces the appearance of wrinkles by so many per cent. What does this mean? How can one say for sure that wrinkles improve or worsen during a short period and put this into scientifically endorsed percentages?

Use your common sense, try products out, investigate others and try again. Don’t pay too much attention to advertisements or claims, but use something which you feel confident with. Smile. A good smile is worth 1,000 creams.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm