Do you have to spend a lot to get results? The answer to that is an unequivocal no! Experts say that the ingredients list -- and not the price tag -- is the best indicator of quality and that some of the best wrinkle creams can be found at the drugstore for a fraction of the cost of department store brands, yet with the same ingredients.
What degree of wrinkle fighting do you need? If your main goal is to prevent future fine lines and wrinkles, a good antioxidant cream and daily applications of sunscreen are your best bet. If you're just starting to show some signs of aging, an over-the-counter retinol cream -- with additional preventative ingredients -- is a good place to start. Stronger over-the-counter or prescription-strength retinol creams may be needed for more prominent lines and wrinkles.
Is your complexion starting to look dull? A wrinkle cream containing vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and alpha or beta hydroxy acids can help smooth skin texture and brighten your complexion.
Do you have dark spots and uneven pigmentation? Look for a cream that contains hydroquinone to even out your skin tone.
Do you have sensitive skin? The more powerful antioxidants, like retinol, can be irritating. You may want to try it out on your inner arm first to be sure it doesn't cause problems for you before you slather it all over your face. Or, try it out on a Friday night if you have a weekend off to recover.
Try to obtain sample sizes. This can save you a lot of money in wasted product. If you try it and don't like it -- or it makes you break out -- you're out very little. Many higher-end departments store brands, which tend to cost more, have sample packets. Drugstore brands are fairly inexpensive to begin with, so you won't feel as bad if those don't work for you.
Can you be realistic? Wrinkle creams won't work miracles. Instead, results are often very subtle, and any changes take time. Fast, dramatic results are only available through cosmetic procedures. In addition, results can vary. Not everyone experiences the same reaction to a specific product, so it might take some trial and error to find a product you're happy with.
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