A good prescription wrinkle cream relies on its active ingredients. Generally this means the cream will have concentrated levels of retinol, alpha hydroxy acids, Coenzyme Q10, copper peptides, or tea extracts. While some of these ingredients may be better and more natural than others, some less active ingredients can be quite damaging to your skin. Before you talk to your dermatologist about a prescription wrinkle cream, consider the following main ingredients.
Retinol is widely used in both prescription and non-prescription anti-aging creams. It’s derived from a Vitamin A compound and is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. Tretinoin is the main retinol medication prescribed because it causes the skin cells to grow and die quickly, leading to quicker cell turnover. Many people have a hard time tolerating retinol as it causes burns and irritation. Brand names for this prescription wrinkle cream are Retin-A, Renova, Avita, Atralin and Altinac.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
AHA’s are found in both prescription and over-the-counter creams. The effectiveness of the product depends on the concentration of the acids, and prescription products are always more concentrated than non-prescription. A similar treatment is a chemical peel, which delivers a potent amount of alpha hydroxy acids.
CoQ10 hasn’t been in the industry long enough to boast the staying power of the above products, but it’s quickly becoming an essential beauty product. It helps skin repair and regenerate itself and also reduces free radicals. As a natural product, it works wonders when not combined with parabens, fragrances, and other skin-irritating ingredients.
One study has found that copper peptides had a more significant effect on producing collagen than retinol. While copper peptides are fairly new players in the cosmetic industry, they’ve already been proven to reduce wrinkles, improve skin tone, improve capillary circulation, and been shown to repair skin wounds.
You’re probably aware that green tea has antioxidant qualities, but tea is both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. Many health and beauty products are adding tea extracts for their soothing qualities. While tea extracts may be added to prescription wrinkle creams, making a homemade concoction from steeped tea will not be as effective. Tea extracts work in combination with other active ingredients to reduce wrinkles, so adding tea to your daily moisturizer is simply not enough.
A better option is buying a product from a natural cosmetics company.
Before you dermatologist offers you a prescription wrinkle cream, look into more natural alternatives and stay out of the sun.