The Consumer Council has recently released the test results of 11 anti-wrinkle creams, and the outcome is not surprising to me.
According to the test results published in “Choice Magazine” (Issue 453), the effectiveness of most anti-wrinkle creams in the market is only average. Some expensive products cost over 200 dollars for every 10 milliliters, yet their anti-wrinkle effects are inferior to the cheaper ones that cost only a few dozen dollars for every 10 milliliters. While instrument testing has shown that anti-wrinkle creams can indeed improve the depth and roughness of skin wrinkles, users reported that they did not feel any improvement in facial skin wrinkles, nor did the creams visibly eliminate wrinkles. In other words, the expected results that most consumers pay for are not delivered. So, how can the general public, who are unfamiliar with medical cosmetology, distinguish the effectiveness of different products?
Skin wrinkles are caused by skin aging and the loss of collagen in the dermis. To achieve anti-wrinkle effects, the compound used must penetrate the epidermis and stimulate fibroblasts to produce more collagen. Different anti-wrinkle creams claim to contain unique anti-wrinkle ingredients, some of which are even patented. However, the most effective ingredient for improving skin wrinkles is vitamin A acid and its derivatives. Of course, a proper concentration and amount must be used, and it takes time to see results. But the side effects of vitamin A acid and its derivatives are not acceptable to everyone. These side effects include redness, dryness, peeling, and improper use can lead to dermatitis and skin allergy. Therefore, high concentrations of vitamin A acid and its derivatives should be used under the guidance of a doctor. As for the recent popular snail essence and snake venom essence, I believe that more research is needed to prove their effectiveness.
In fact, there are many ways to stimulate collagen production besides using anti-wrinkle creams. For example, lasers of different wavelengths, microneedling, chemical peels, and diamond dermabrasion, among others. Doctors will decide on the treatment plan based on the type of skin, the severity of skin wrinkles, and the patient’s tolerance level. The effectiveness of these methods is far better than randomly trying different anti-wrinkle creams.
If you want to effectively improve wrinkles, it is best to consult a doctor!