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Do anti ageing creams work?

The promise of a youthful looking skin is one that we are all looking for. Fighting wrinkles and the effects of ageing are top on our list.

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We turn to creams, serums and lotions that claim many things, one of them to fight and cure wrinkles.

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With the plethora of products available in the market, there is always confusion as to what can actually work for us.

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With the plethora of products available in the market, there is always confusion as to what can actually work for us.

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But, do these beauty creams really work? Are wrinkles and fine lines going to disappear? There are conflicting thoughts on the effectiveness of anti-ageing creams. Recently, claims that Matrixyl a peptide found in commercial creams works to decrease fine lines and minimise the appearance of wrinkles.

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It works by stimulating or boosting the production of collagen. Collagen as we all know is responsible for the elasticity of the skin keeping it supple and young-looking.

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When the amounts of this protein are doubled, there is apparently a significant difference to the skin's appearance making it younger looking and fine lines are less prominent on the face. Hence, the next time you are looking for an anti-ageing cream, look for this 'effective' ingredient.

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When the amounts of this protein are doubled, there is apparently a significant difference to the skin's appearance making it younger looking and fine lines are less prominent on the face. Hence, the next time you are looking for an anti-ageing cream, look for this 'effective' ingredient.

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The other side to the coin is that many cosmetic products claim to reduce wrinkles and even cure them.

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Regulatory bodies such as the FDA in the US or the MHRA in the UK have specific guidelines when it comes to marketing anti ageing beauty products.

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Cosmetic companies cannot actually claim to cure wrinkles because this is not true. Products work to increase the moisture content on the skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles. But, this is a temporary effect.

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Hence, there is only one product which is good for wrinkles and that is the sun cream. In this regard, preventing the appearance of wrinkles is the only guaranteed way that they are not appearing prematurely.

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Hence, there is only one product which is good for wrinkles and that is the sun cream. In this regard, preventing the appearance of wrinkles is the only guaranteed way that they are not appearing prematurely.

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