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Best Ingredients in Ointments and Creams for Wrinkles

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Stroll down the skin products aisle of any drug store or discount department store and you will find hundreds or even thousands of skin care lotions, ointments, and creams that all promise to reduce the appearance of wrinkles instantly and painlessly. Some of them even promise to prevent wrinkling entirely.

Turn on your television set, and you’re bombarded with young girls with flawless skin telling you how whatever product they’re advertising will make your skin as fresh, dewy, and wrinkle-free as theirs. 

It’s a fact: aging happens as long as you are living, and with aging comes wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle products that can help your skin look better temporarily are out there, but the effects will not last.  You aren’t going to live to be 100 and die with a fresh and unwrinkled face!

[Related: The 10 Best Ways to Prevent Wrinkles]

All of the over-the-counter anti-wrinkle creams, ointments, lotions, etc. contain one or more of the these ingredients:


Retinol was the first antioxidant to be widely used in nonprescription, and is a vitamin A compound.

Hydroxy Acids

Hydroxy acids are synthetic versions of fruit acids. They are defoliants and are meant to remove dead skin and encourage the body to produce new skin.

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient that promotes energy production in cells.

Copper Peptides

Copper is an element that is present in every cell of the body. Copper is combined with proteins called peptides, and this combination is what is sometimes applied to the skin.


Kinetin factors into the growth of plants and is supposed to help the skin retain moisture.

Tea Extracts

Extracts from green tea, black tea, and oolong tea contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

[Related: Benefits of Microdermabrasion for Aging Skin]

The determining factor of how well any of the over-the-counter skin ointments, lotions and creams for wrinkles work, depends upon the quantity of the ingredients listed above that are contained in the products. 

Products that contain large quantities of these ingredients might provide very small improvements to the skin if used often enough and long enough.

Have a Good Skin Care Routine

A good skin care routine plays an essential role in maintaining the health and youthful appearance of your skin. 

Dr. Athré and the Athré Facial Plastics team work with their patients to help create personalized skin care regimens that patients can incorporate into their daily routines. We offer both in-office spa treatments as well as our own line of professional-grade products to be used from the comfort of your own home.

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Dr. Athré and Athré Med Spa can give you customized advice and product suggestions for a great skin care routine. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!