Pros and Cons of anti-wrinkle creams

There is a lot of controversy about whether or not anti-wrinkle creams actually work. While you cannot expect miracles from an anti-wrinkle cream, evidence suggests that there are some creams out there that do reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Although permanent results are not possible without surgery, some anti-wrinkle creams offer a temporary reduction of wrinkles.

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Anti-wrinkle creams are designed to re-hydrate and plump up the skin so that the wrinkles are smoothed out. There is no need to spend a lot of money on an anti-wrinkle cream as many standard moisturisers work in the same way and will actually deliver the same results as an anti-wrinkle cream.

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A common ingredient in anti-wrinkle creams is some form of anti-oxidants such as tea extracts, which create younger and fresher looking skin. Anti-oxidants also protect the skin from UV damage and are found naturally in a lot of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and green tea. In addition to all these foods, water will also improve your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Water hydrates your skin and has the similar effects on the skin to anti-oxidants. A healthy diet can achieve the same, if not better results as any anti-wrinkle cream.

Although it is not widely known; there are some side effects and health risks to using anti-wrinkle creams. One of the of the more serious risks is that over exposure to a harmful chemical contained in most anti-wrinkle creams increases risk of liver and kidney cancers. Other harmful ingredients that can be found in many anti-wrinkle creams include hydroquinone, lead, methanol, artificial sweeteners and artificial colours. Other milder side effects that can occur are pimples and blisters.

Of course, the effects of anti-wrinkle creams vary; depending on the ingredients and properties of the cream. Reading the ingredients on the label of the cream will give you a clearer idea of how harmful it could be. If you are unsure, a little research will clear up any uncertainties regarding an ingredient. Of course, we do not always know what preservatives and chemicals are used in our fruit or vegetables. Unlike anti-wrinkle creams, they often come without a label. Many of us are unaware of how harmful these chemicals are to our skin, let alone the rest of our body. Organic foods do not have the chemicals and preservatives that non-organic foods have. Organic foods may cost a little extra but the benefits that they have to our skin and our health, make the extra money well spent.

Science has taught us that a natural healthy diet can be more beneficial and safe for us than anti-wrinkle creams. We are more aware than ever, of the health benefits of an organic, vegetable filled diet. Wrinkles are a natural part of the ageing process and the best way to slow down the signs of ageing is to obtain natural ingredients from natural sources. Whichever method you choose to reduce the appearance of your wrinkles, without surgery, the results will only be temporary.

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