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Do Anti-Aging Products Really Work? Here's What You Need to Know

Most people want to hold on to their youth, in fact, this statement is so true that in recent years many obituary photos posted in newspapers show the deceased at a much younger age (at least 15 years prior to their death), Ohio State University revealed in a study. How Stuff Works notes that this is evidence that most of us would like to be remembered as a much younger version of ourselves, and as a society, we do not seem to be content with the signs of aging.

So, it’s no wonder there are so many creams, serums, supplements, and masks on the market that are designed to target the signs of aging. These products often come with big promises on how they will be able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, prevent sun damage and more, but according to Mayo Clinic, there’s not always research to suggest that they work. If these products are not prescription, they are reportedly not required to undergo scientific testing to verify their claims, which means you are unlikely to see extreme results by using these products.

However, if you do want to choose creams or lotions that have ingredients that have been proven to be somewhat effective, then these products include the Vitamin A compound retinol, which according to Mayo Clinic, is often used in nonprescription wrinkle creams.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can protect the skin from sun damage. Coenzyme Q10 can reportedly help with fine lines around the eyes, and tea extract and grape seed extract contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Other ingredients commonly found in anti-aging products include peptides, hydroxy acids, and niacinamide.

It’s not just the ingredients but also the concentration, and according to The List, you need to choose products with active ingredients like retinol and antioxidants that are in a high enough concentration to actually work. When looking at the label of a product, these active ingredients should be high on the list of what is included.

There are some other things to consider too, and according to The List, the more expensive creams are not necessarily better, despite the common misconception that this is true. That, and results do not happen overnight and require daily use, sometimes twice a day, over extended periods.

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