Anti-aging creams are a billion dollar industry. These creams usually come in very small jars and can cost up to $100 per 0.5 ounce jar. That is equivalent to $3,200 per pound!
But do any of these anti-aging products really work?
According to scientists and dermatologists, there is little scientific proof that most of these creams and lotions actually improve or prevent wrinkles.
Despite the labelling on the products which promises results, the US. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require companies to prove that their products are safe or effective. There is almost no oversight of the cosmetic industry by the FDA, who does not require that companies validate their claims.
The only benefit from most creams and lotions, according to dermatologists, is that they can help the skin stay moist.
Are there any ingredients that really do work? According to dermatologists, the following products have been found in studies to benefit the skin:
Retinol: Dermatologists state that the ingredient Retinol, a vitamin A derivative, can improve the appearance of the skin (note: it is not safe to use Retinol in pregnancy).
Coenzyme Q10: This product has been found to reduce the appearance of fine lines, and to improve skin texture.
Niacinamide: This ingredient is related to vitamin B3, and can help improve skin moisture and suppleness.
However dermatologists still state that the most important things we can do for our skin to prevent aging is to wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and eat a nutritious diet.