Wrinkles are a part of the aging process and can be caused by intrinsic and extrinsic factors, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Intrinsic factors are the traits you inherit from your parents. Extrinsic factors, such as sun exposure and smoking, are factors you can control. Choosing top quality products is one way to make a difference.
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According to "Good Housekeeping," more than 20 year's worth of research backs up the effectiveness of prescription Retin-A in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Retin-A is a derivative of vitamin A and works by increasing collagen production in the skin. Side effects of using Retin-A include redness and peeling, but your skin will adapt with regular use of the product. Dermatologist Arielle Kauvar, MD, chooses the prescription medications Tazorac and Retin-A Micro for her personal use. If you are using prescription Retin-A, take extra care to protect your skin with sunscreen every day.
While Retin-A products are available only by prescription, there are a number of over-the-counter products that contain similar vitamin A derivatives called retinols. While these products are less potent than their prescription cousins, "Good Housekeeping" reports that they are still effective when used consistently. "Good Housekeeping" recommends DermaDoctor Poetry in Lotion Intensive Retinol or L'Oréal Paris Advanced Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night crème. Dr. Kauvar recommends Roc Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream, a product that is also a favorite of "Allure" magazine readers.
Antioxidants help prevent damage from extrinsic environmental factors, such as pollution, and can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles after a few months of consistent use. For best results, include plenty of antioxidants in your diet as well as using antioxidant serums, which are applied after cleansing but before moisturizing. "Good Housekeeping" recommends Desert Essence Organics Age Reversal Pomegranate Face Serum, while Dr. Kauvar chooses Alyria Antioxidant Capsules and Allure magazine readers recommend Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum.