The top five wrinkle creams contain proven anti-aging ingredients. People have different types of skin and should choose a skin cream that fits their unique skin problems. Dry skin needs different combinations of anti-aging ingredients and moisturizers than oily skin. A consistent skin regimen that uses one cosmetic line with anti-wrinkle ingredients that complement your skin's needs will improve the skin's appearance and reduce the signs of aging.
Topical tretinoin is available by prescription only. It is a vitamin A derivative, known as a retinoid. It is prescribed to treat acne and is effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The four top brand-name tretinoin creams are Avita, Renova Emollient, Retin-A and Retin-A Micro. A 1993 study by the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan Medical Center concluded that topical tretinoin reduces wrinkles and fine lines and boosts the formation of collagen in human skin.
Tretinoin causes sun sensitivity, so a UVA/UVB sunblock with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher should be part of your daily routine while using tretinoin. Pregnant women or women who might become pregnant should not use creams containing tretinoin, such as Retin-A, because it may cause birth defects, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
DHC Renewing AHA Cream
Renewing AHA Cream contains 10 percent alpha hydroxy acids. The manufacturer recommends using this cream at night two or three times per week. AHAs exfoliate the skin, leaving it brighter. They stimulate the growth of new skin cells and even out pigment, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Alpha hydroxy acids cause sun sensitivity, so a broad-spectrum sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher should be worn while using AHA creams.
La Roche Posay Active C XL
Active C XL is an anti-aging cream with vitamin C as the active ingredient. It is for all types of skin and contains a UV sunblock of SPF 12. Active C XL is a day and night cream that is suitable for all skin types. It contains L-ascorbic acid plus oil absorbents. A study by the School of Natural Sciences at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey concluded that L-ascorbic acid increases collagen and elastin in the skin with potential to improve the firmness of skin.
Wexler Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30
Dr. Patricia Wexler is a renowned dermatologist who has cared for the faces of the hottest celebrities, according to "The New York Times." Her patients include Ellen Barkin, Donna Karan and Barbara Streisand. She has a line of skin care products that focus on reversing the signs of aging.
Anti-Aging Moisturizer uses MMP, or matrix metalloproteinases, which are activity inhibitors. These ingredients reduce the signs of photoaging and aid in tissue repair, according to the National Institutes of Health. The product claims to smooth skin, restore moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In the May 2010 issue of "ABC News Medical Unit," Dr. Jessie Cheung, assistant professor of dermatology at New York University, noted that the No. 1 anti-wrinkle cream that always makes a difference is sunblock. Using sunblock protects against forming new wrinkles and reverses the signs of aging. Choose a sunblock with an SPF of 30 or more that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Waterproof sunblock adds extra protection, especially when engaged in sports.
- MedlinePlus: Topical Tretinoin
- National Institutes of Health: Restoration of Collagen Formation in Photodamaged Human Skin by Tretinoin (Retinoic Acid)
- Mayo Clinic: Wrinkle Creams
- American Academy of Dermatology: A Closer Look at Aging Skin and Cosmetic Dermatology
- Food and Drug Administration: Retin-A