How do anti-wrinkle creams really work?
In the meantime, very good research has been carried out into which active ingredients in anti-wrinkle creams reduce the depth of wrinkles, give the skin more elasticity and tighten sagging skin areas. In order for an anti-aging cream to actually have a visible effect, it must contain the right active ingredients in the right concentration.
Put simply, wrinkles are caused by the fact that the skin becomes drier with age (caused by hormonal changes, environmental influences and living conditions). In addition, the skin loses elasticity because the body’s own processes, such as ceramide production, slow down. In the course of time, small wrinkles form in the skin of the face and fine lines become visible where the skin is moved a lot.
What is an anti-wrinkle cream?
In order to counteract the formation of wrinkles and to reduce existing wrinkles, active ingredients are needed that supply moisture to the skin and store it there. That actually sounds very simple – but there are countless products on the market today and not all of them meet the high expectations.
Basically, the following always applies to an anti-wrinkle cream: In addition to the concentration of the active ingredients , the right combination of ingredients is also important, which should complement each other.
Which active ingredients really work against wrinkles?
When it comes to our body, hardly anyone wants to be satisfied with advertising slogans and promises – there is reliable information, for example, from the GD Gesellschaft für Dermopharmazie , which deals primarily with the prophylaxis and treatment of skin diseases. In their extensive guideline on “Dermocosmetics against skin aging” they have compiled and evaluated the findings of various studies on the relevant active ingredients against skin aging.
The following ingredients have special properties that have proven particularly effective for use in anti-wrinkle creams. However, it is particularly important that all active ingredients are present in the correct effective concentration – i.e. in the concentration in which they can actually work.
Skin-identical CERAMIDE NP build up your skin barrier. This keeps moisture in the skin, wrinkles disappear and your skin is less prone to irritation.
SYN ® -AKE
SYN ® -AKE relaxes the facial muscles and thus reduces deep wrinkles demonstrably and sustainably – anti-aging effect without any injections.
PENTAVITIN ® is an intensive moisturizer because it can permanently bind moisture in the skin. It improves the surface of the skin visibly and for a long time and helps with dry, stressed and mature skin.
Retinol (Vitamin A)
Retinol helps build skin structure and cell renewal by stimulating enzyme activity. In addition, retinol inhibits the breakdown of collagen, which is important for the firmness of the skin. Age spots also become lighter with the use of retinol.
L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
L-ascorbic acid reduces inflammation and helps fight age spots. It’s an antioxidant – meaning it scavenges free radicals that contribute to skin aging. Vitamin C supports the production of new collagen and also ensures a more stable collagen structure. This strengthens the skin.
Important : There are different forms of vitamin C that work differently. If the concentration of L-ascorbic acid is too high, it is acidic and irritating. Therefore, the right concentration of active ingredients is also important here in order to be able to achieve the desired effect.
Low molecular weight hyaluronic acid
Low-molecular hyaluronic acid acts as a water reservoir for the skin and thus ensures elasticity and resilience.
Important : Other hyaluronic acids can also be declared as “sodium hyaluronate”, but they do not have the same effects as highly concentrated low-molecular hyaluronic acid.
Certain peptide combinations smooth out wrinkles and promote the body’s own production of collagen. In the products of Dr. Ute Schick Cosmetics, for example, contain special peptides that effectively boost collagen synthesis.
Important : There is a wide range of different peptides or peptide combinations with different effects. In order to achieve anti-aging effects, an optimal combination of active ingredients with peptides and, for example, antioxidants is often used.
Vitamin E improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture and protects against free radicals that destroy the skin’s structure. It supplies the horny layer with moisture, which means that the skin does not dry out as quickly and has more elasticity. Vitamin E also supports cell renewal.
Important : The effect of vitamin E always depends on the concentration and the combination with other substances, since the skin can better absorb the vitamin in combination with other substances.
Ubiquinone-10 (Coenzyme Q10)
Ubiquinone-10 is an antioxidant and prevents damage to the skin caused by exposure to light.
Important : There are different forms of the coenzyme Q10, but only certain variants can actually be absorbed by the skin and show the corresponding effect.
concentration of active ingredients
In order for the active ingredients to actually achieve the desired effects, the concentration used must be high enough. In the studies mentioned by the GD Society for Dermopharmacy , which demonstrated the effectiveness of the different components, work was carried out with a particularly high concentration of active ingredients.
What can a good anti-wrinkle cream do?
A good cream can actually achieve visible effects: an improvement in skin structure, moisture and elasticity. This prevents new wrinkles and the depth of existing wrinkles is reduced. However, since wrinkles develop more and more over time, it is advisable to start taking the right care against wrinkles as soon as the first signs can be seen.
By the way : Botox or similar substances paralyze the facial muscles so that the skin over the muscles can relax and wrinkles can no longer become imprinted – but this also means that some of the facial expressions are lost. The active ingredient SYN®-AKE – also in the products from Dr. Contain Ute Schick cosmetics – has a similar effect to Botox, but does not require any injections or the crippling side effects. It relaxes the facial muscles and has been proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles.
Wrinkle Depth: From fine lines to gross wrinkles
It is also important to remember that the result of an anti-wrinkle cream always depends on the initial condition of the skin. The effects are usually measured in “percentage change in wrinkle depth”, i.e. how much the wrinkles have been reduced.
A person with fine lines and first wrinkles can effectively counteract skin aging with the right care. Visible success can also be achieved with already pronounced, deep wrinkles and the depth of the wrinkles can be reduced.
What really makes a good anti-wrinkle cream?
The active ingredients are not cheap, which is why only very small amounts of them are used in many anti-wrinkle creams – unfortunately also in some high-priced products. As a result, many creams contain effective ingredients, but the concentration of these is much too low to achieve realistic effects.
In order for an anti-aging cream to be effective, the proportion of active ingredients used must be high enough and appropriately concentrated.
Skin care: tips for all ages
The complexion of your skin changes over time – but with the right care, you can give your skin exactly what it needs in every phase of life and thus delay the aging process. So that your skin always looks radiant and fresh, I have put together the most important tips for different age groups.
My care tips for all ages
Depending on the skin type , the skin is either oily or dry, looks dull or rosy. With the right care, however, you can bring your skin back into balance in every phase of life. In order for you to feel good, it is important to use care that is tailored to your current skin condition – this way your skin stays healthy and you can prevent signs of aging in good time! No matter how old you are, there are three basic points you should pay attention to when it comes to skin care:
- greasy film
In addition, direct sunlight is not good for your skin, nor is extreme cold or heat.
In your early 20s, you don’t usually have to worry about wrinkles and age spots – but always keep effective sun protection in mind!
The regeneration process of your skin is usually still optimal at the age of 20. But make sure to keep your skin moisturized and use light creams, because rich products can over-nourish the skin and clog your pores.The following active ingredients are particularly suitable for skin care from the age of 20:
- Vitamin C, A & E : are considered to be highly effective oxidants that effectively protect the skin barrier.
- Pullulan : reliably protects the skin from harmful environmental influences and also provides moisture for a pleasant feeling on the skin.
- Hyaluronic acid : supports the connective tissue and supplies the skin structures with water.
- PENTAVITIN ® : ensures a fresh, rosy complexion and stores moisture.
In addition, regular gentle cleansing helps to remove dirt from your skin and prevent blemishes.
Important for your skin from the age of 20:
- Light moisturizing care with appropriate active ingredients
- regular cleansing against blemishes
Skin care from the age of 30: prevent the first signs of aging
Products that support the skin renewal process and store moisture in the skin help to prevent the first wrinkles in old age.
The following active ingredients are particularly suitable for skin care from the age of 30:
- Ceramides : rehydrate the skin. The skin structure becomes smoother, wrinkles and lines disappear.
- Hyaluronic acid : ensures a plumper complexion and the visible reduction of wrinkles, especially on stressed and dry skin.
- PENTAVITIN ® : reduces dryness lines and makes dull skin look fresh and healthy.
- SOLIBERINE ® : protects the skin from blue light from smartphones, tablets etc. and thus counteracts premature skin aging.
The skin around the eyes tends to form the first fine wrinkles particularly quickly. You should therefore already use special eye care in this phase of life . Why not for the whole face? Because the skin around the eyes is particularly sensitive and intensive care with selected active ingredients is most needed there.
Important for your skin over 30:
- selected moisturizer
- Products to support skin renewal
- light care for the eye area
My tip: Are you currently struggling with pimples or blackheads? Then read my advice on the subject of ” impure skin at 30 “.
Skin care from 40: focus on anti-aging effects
From now on your skin needs active support! Because the skin renewal processes no longer work as they did in the twenties: Collagen formation decreases, the skin becomes drier, hormone fluctuations can lead to pigment disorders (age spots) and impurities.In addition to skin-identical ceramides and hyaluronic acid, the following active ingredients are particularly suitable for skin care from the age of 40:
- Q10 : acts against free radicals, strengthens the connective tissue and stimulates cell renewal. For visibly fewer wrinkles and skin full of elasticity.
- Peptides : activate the body’s own production of collagens. Your skin regains the required resilience and elasticity.
- SYN ® -AKE : is a special active ingredient with an anti-aging effect. It relaxes the facial muscles and thus demonstrably and sustainably reduces deep wrinkles.
When it comes to skin care, you should not neglect the neck area and your décolleté.
Important for your skin over 40:
- Care creams with highly concentrated anti-aging ingredients
- Cleanse with regular scrubs
- firming eye cream
Skin care from 50: mature and demanding skin
50 is the new 40! This is exactly what your skin looks like if you have taken good care of it over the past few years. Nevertheless, the following applies: From the age of 50, the skin structure becomes increasingly slack – highly effective products are now required here, which restore resilience and elasticity.
In addition, there are enlarged pores, age spots and the skin becomes noticeably thinner and drier. Your skin should therefore be protected more strongly from the sun’s rays in any case.
In addition to the active ingredients already mentioned for the care of your skin over 30 and 40, I particularly recommend the following for skin care over 50:
- ACTIWHITE™ : is considered to be particularly skin-friendly, has been proven to reduce age spots and gives the skin a more even complexion.
From the age of 50, caring for your skin becomes more demanding. But with highly concentrated active ingredients, you can continue to slow down the aging process and even visibly improve your complexion!
Important for your skin over 50:
- sun protection
- gentle cleaning
- Care creams with highly concentrated anti-aging ingredients
- special care against pigment spots
- firming eye cream