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September 15, 2011

Evaluating Fillers in Anti Aging Face Creams

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Anti Aging Creams That Are Cheaper Substitutes To Botox

One effective way of eliminating facial wrinkles and fine lines to bring about a younger look is by injecting soft tissue fillers as administered by a cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. They temporarily erase the signs of aging for at least six months. Despite their efficacy, many people are repelled to get a shot because of their price. Instead, they turn to more affordable alternatives. One option are anti aging face creams that include one of these fillers as ingredient, albeit their efficacy has yet to be established. Read on to find out whether you can rely on the filler in your anti aging face cream to subtract some years from your face, or you need to throw it out of the window and replace it with another.

How Effective are the Fillers In Your Anti Aging Creams?

Hyaluronic acid is one filler you may find in your age defying cream. When administered through injection, it effectively fulfills its role by plumping and smoothing the skin. However, it may not be effective as a main component to anti aging face creams. Its relatively large molecular size hinders it from penetrating the epidermal barrier of the skin. It ends up just hydrating the skin which may plump the face but will not actually fill wrinkles and lines as it is supposed to do.

Soluble collagen is another primary filler that may be ubiquitous in anti aging face creams. Just like the collagen naturally produced in our body, soluble collagen is supposed to plump and smooth the skin. However, its molecule is also relatively large like hyaluronic acid, making it hard for it to seep through the skin, even if it were broken up into smaller bits. Since it cannot do anything to eliminate wrinkles, its benefit as a facial cream ingredient is thus just moisturizing the skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, collagen has to be injected directly under the skin to successfully improve wrinkles and lines. Since soluble collagen is too large to penetrate the skin, an ingredient that stimulates the production of collagen in the body would make an anti aging cream more effective than supplemental collagen itself.

Copper Peptides are not actually a type of filler but they have exhibited the potential of stimulating collagen production within the dermis, as noted by the Mayo Clinic. By stimulating fresh collagen production, this component can successfully fill in wrinkles and fine lines to give the user younger looking skin. A slew of age defying facial creams in the market contain this effective ingredient.

Kinetin is another substance that has the capacity to stimulate collagen production in the dermis, just like copper peptides. Hence, it can also effectively fill facial lines and wrinkles, although it is not really regarded as a filler. Daily use of kinetin can surely give you a more youthful appearance.

With a host of anti aging face creams available in the market, it pays to get to know the essential components that can truly give a youthful appearance to be able to make an educated purchase.

See related articles.

“Picking the Right Anti Aging Cosmetic Product”

“Benfits of Making Your Own Anti Aging Skin Cream”

“3 Ways to Tell if Your Anti Aging Wrinke Cream Really Works”

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Dr. Joe Jacko


Dr. Joe is board certified in internal medicine and sports medicine with additional training in hormone replacement therapy and regenerative medicine. He has trained or practiced at leading institutions including the Hughston Clinic, Cooper Clinic, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, and Cenegenics. He currently practices in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about Dr. Joe Jacko

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