Do Wrinkle Creams Work Against UV Light?

do wrinkle creams workDo wrinkle creams work to protect against UV light?  That’s a new question.  Most people just want to know if a cream can really get rid of wrinkles.  Here’s why you should care about the protection of UV, even if all you thought you cared about were wrinkles.

UV rays are the invisible ones.  UVB causes sunburns.  You can usually tell when you have had too much of it, because your skin gets red and hot.

UVA causes hyperpigmentation, age spots, wrinkles and skin cancer.  You can’t always tell when you have had too much UVA.  We don’t even know how much is too much.

Many of the anti-aging lotions on the market have an SPF rating, which customers think show how beneficial they are in protecting against UV light.  The SPF rating has nothing to do with UVA, only UVB.  The letters stand for “sunburn protection factor”.

New research published just this month shows that many of the lotions do not provide protection against UVA.  Companies are not required to back up their claims for UVA protection, even if they decide to mention it.

So, do wrinkle creams work to protect against UV light?  They may provide some protection against UVB and burning, but they do not help reduce your risk of wrinkles or skin cancer.

When it comes to effectiveness, sunscreens do nothing to reverse wrinkles.  In many cases, the only active ingredients listed on those bottles are sunscreens.

We really need two products.  These are my suggestions for women.

To help prevent and reverse wrinkles, apply a daily moisturizer that contains coenzyme Q10, natural vitamin E, keratin and grape seed oil.

Wrinkle creams work to reverse wrinkling when those ingredients are included.

There is a good deal of convincing research concerning the effectiveness of those ingredients.  For example coenzyme Q10 has been shown to reverse sun damage and the premature skin aging caused by it.

Allow the cream to dry and then apply a foundation containing zinc oxide.  Bare Minerals is my favorite brand, but as long as zinc oxide is included, it will provide protection against UVA and UVB.

There is no clear lotion that provides adequate protection against UVA.  There are some products that contain a combination of chemicals that are supposed to work, but researchers are concerned that those ingredients may actually do more harm than good.

How about for men?  Do wrinkle creams work for them?

Men can use a good anti-aging cream that contains the ingredients mentioned above, along with vitamin B5. B5 provides some natural protection against sunburn, but it should not be relied on when you expect to spend hours outdoors.  Zinc oxide sun-blocking ointments can be purchased at the drugstore.  Use them when you need them.

Previous studies have looked at the question; do wrinkle creams work.  They have found that the typical cream provides no more than a 10% reduction in wrinkles.  Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to reduce wrinkles by 30% or more.  But you need to use it on a daily basis to see these benefits.

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Topics: Anti Wrinkle Creams, Holistic Skin Care, Moisturizers, Sensitive Skin, Skin Care Ingredients, Skin Care Products, Skin Wrinkles, Sun Damage | 2 Comments »

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2 Responses to “Do Wrinkle Creams Work Against UV Light?”

  1. Holistically Haute Says:
    April 2nd, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I think the anti-aging ingredients should be used more at night, when the skin is resting repairing itself and is the least bombarded by free radicals. There are plenty of safe day creams that contain anti-aging ingredients as well as zinc oxide, but it is better during the day to use an antioxidant serum underneath the sunblock/moisturizer, not relying on the moisturizer for both anti-aging and sun protection.

  2. Ella Torres Says:
    May 7th, 2011 at 1:08 am

    Nice post with good information. All the ideas provided about the use of anti aging products are really helpful. Thanks for sharing.