There are a wide variety of of factors that cause the skin to take on an older appearance. These include the sun, humidity and moisture (or lack thereof) in the air, allergens, a person’s genetics, and plain old time. And the effects that these factors can have on the skin are equally as broad. Some of the adverse effects on the skin include laxity (sagging), rhytids (wrinkles), and photoaging such as erythema (redness), dyspigmentation (brown discolorations), solar elastosis (yellowing), keratoses (abnormal growths), and poor texture.
Dermatologists and health and beauty companies have labored for years to create products to address these assorted problems. The major component in anti-aging cream products is moisturizers that mask, reduce or prevent the environmental and metabolic effects that cause skin aging. These creams also can include specialized additives and compounds which address specific problems. These special ingredients include retinol, epidermal growth factor, alpha hydroxy acids, coenzyme Q10, argireline, anti-oxidants, sunscreens, and vitamin C.
One overlooked benefit of anti-aging creams is their cost and ease of use to other alternatives to treating aging skin. The other options to treat the effects of getting older are far more expensive and, in a number of cases, more painful. Plastic surgery (such as eyebrow lifts and facelifts) are costly elective surgery not covered by insurance. The recovery from facial surgery can be very uncomfortable, too. While light chemical peels can be purchased over the counter and done at home without anesthetic, medium- or deep chemical peels may involve using painkillers for associated pain and can lead to scarring in the event of problems. Once these potential situations are realized, creams to reduce the effects of aging make a lot of sense to the consumer.