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Creams That Relax or Paralyze Skin in the Face

author image Brenda Barron
Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.
Creams That Relax or Paralyze Skin in the Face
Paralyzing skin creams can smooth out wrinkles. Photo Credit evgenyatamanenko/iStock/Getty Images


The war against the signs of aging has many weapons. One method that has become more popular recently is the use of creams that relax or paralyze the muscles and nerves of the face, with the intention of smoothing out creases and wrinkles. These creams can come via prescription, and can also be found over-the-counter at local pharmacies. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is little scientific evidence that concludes relaxing creams work, but they can at the very least temporarily reduce the look of wrinkles.

GABA Anti-Wrinkle Cream

GABA Anti-Wrinkle cream was developed to calm the face muscles. Gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA, is said to relax the deep nerves of the face, since many wrinkles are caused by repetitive facial expressions. GABA Anti-Wrinkle cream was developed with the intention of letting the face unwind. The idea is that if the face has time relax, then wrinkles should relax and fade, too. The manufacturers point out that the cream does not paralyze the skin.

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StriVectin is one of the most controversial wrinkle banishing creams on the market. The cream boasts an ability to paralyze the skin, and have the closest effect to Botox. The product is one of the few available that receives equal criticism and praise. At its core, StriVectin is at least a very powerful skin relaxer, which can help smoothe the skin and add hydration, and the look of health. The product is very expensive--generally well over $100 for a 5-ounce tube of StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks and Wrinkles, but in most cases it comes with a satisfaction warranty of 30 days.


This cream is a jack-of-all-trades. The manufacturer says the product's four active ingredients address all of the primary causes of wrinkles. While it does a complimentary job of smoothing and relaxing the face, this cream also can be used as an everyday sunscreen and moisturizer. Since Hydroxatone helps the skin in so many ways, it is regarded as the top skin relaxation available. According to SkinCarePhysicians, a multi-purpose cream can prove to be extremely beneficial in skin care.

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