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Components Found in Wrinkle-Reducing Products

Photo Credit: By KaiMiano  on Pixabay. CC0 License.

Take a stroll down the skincare products aisle of any drug store or discount department store and you can find hundreds, or even thousands of lotions, ointments, and creams that all promise to reduce the appearance of wrinkles instantly and painlessly. Some of them even promise to prevent wrinkling completely!

Turn on your television set, and you’re bombarded with young models and actresses telling you how whichever product their advertising will make your skin as fresh, dewy, and wrinkle-free as theirs. This all sounds too good to be true, and it mostly is.

Aging happens as long as you are living—it’s just a fact! And with aging comes wrinkles and fine lines. Anti-wrinkle products exist that can help your skin look better temporarily, but the effects will not last forever. You can’t expect to live to be 100 and die with a fresh, wrinkle-free face.

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


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

Hydroxy Acids

These are synthetic versions of fruit acids. Hydroxy acids 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 found in skincare products. 


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.

The determining factor of how well any over-the-counter skin treatments for wrinkles work depends on the quantity of the ingredients listed above contended in the products. Products that contain large quantities of these ingredients might provide small improvements to the skin is used often and long enough.

A good skincare 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 skincare 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. Contact us today, or check out our skincare products—your skin will be thankful!

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Dr. Athré is one of the few cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in Houston who is a double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, certified in Otolaryngology, Head/Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic Surgery.

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