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How to pick the best anti-wrinkle face cream for you

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Turn back the clock in 30 days

Wrinkle creams are a great tool to help fight the signs of aging, but you aren’t helping yourself much if the cream you use isn’t the right one for you. If you want to see results, it’s important to find a cream that’s a good match for your particular needs. Once you find that perfect wrinkle cream, you'll be able to turn back time.

Turn back the clock in 30 days

1Is your skin dry?

Take a good look at the condition of your skin. If it's dry, which tends to happen to women as they age, you'll need to look for a cream with extra moisturizing properties. Look for a thick cream, and read the label before you make a purchase. You'll need ingredients like glycerin or hyaluronic acid to keep your skin properly moisturized. These ingredients, along with other humectants, are designed to deliver moisture to your skin, as well as help it hold on to natural moisture. Dry skin tends to wrinkle faster, so getting a handle on this problem now will help slow the progression of wrinkles.


Is your skin sensitive?

If you tend to break out in a rash every time you try a new product, you probably have sensitive skin. To keep that irritation at bay, keep your wrinkle creams mild. Look for a mild cream that boasts all-natural ingredients.

3Are you trying to prevent wrinkles?

Women with wrinkle-free faces often reach for wrinkle creams to keep their faces looking young and stop wrinkles from starting. It's usually good to be proactive, but this may be a big waste of money. Most wrinkle creams are formulated to hide or fade the appearance of wrinkles -- not stop them from starting. Fresh-faced ladies should reach for a simple moisturizer. Keeping your face moisturized will slow the appearance of wrinkles. Save your pennies now -- you'll spend plenty on wrinkle cream later.

4Have your wrinkles already arrived?

If you already have a wrinkle or two, or maybe more, reach for a wrinkle cream with peptides and other collagen-stimulating ingredients. Search labels for ingredients such as argireline, matrixyl, hyloxyl, palmitoyl oligopeptide or palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7. These ingredients help plump the skin beneath the wrinkles -- it's a lot like Botox minus the needles.

5Know your budget

Wrinkle creams are available in a wide range of prices. The cheaper brands can be found at your local grocery or drug store, while the higher-priced brands are often found behind glass at a department store. You usually get what you pay for when it comes to beauty products. The high-priced brands often do work better than the others, but you'll see an improvement after using the lower-priced wrinkle creams as well. Don't break the bank on your wrinkle cream, but do get the best brand you can afford.

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