Are you looking for something to put that glow back into your skin, something to make those wrinkles go away or be less noticeable? Go to any drugstore or makeup counter and you'll see dozens of products, all with dazzling packaging and even more dazzling promises. However, If you want a product that will give you the best results for your dollars, seek out beauty creams made with retinoids or carotenoids.
What Are Retinoids and Carotenoids?
Retinoids are a group of chemical compounds, related to vitamin A, that help to regulate cell growth. Creams made from these compounds are used to treat skin cancer and a variety of other skin diseases. They also used in beauty creams to help reduce wrinkles and even skin discolorations due to aging.
Carotenoids are a group of more than 600 organic substances that are found in natural foods like fruits and vegetables. One of the best known carotenoids is beta-carotene, the substance that gives carrots their bright orange color.
Anti-Aging Benefits of Retinoids and Carotenoids
Retinoids are the gold standard in anti-aging creams. They can make wrinkles all but disappear, fade sun spots and other skin discolorations and help increase your skin's elasticity. These creams can also help minimize damage to your skin from the sun and free radicals in the atmosphere.
Retinoid creams are available in prescription and over-the-counter strengths. Look for them at your pharmacy, department store make-up department, online retailer or favorite big box store. Prices vary considerably, from around $15 to well over $100.
Some retinoid cream users report redness or irritation from the cream. Like any make-up or beauty product, it's best to try these products on a small area first to make sure you don't have a reaction. If you have dry or sensitive skin, there are retinoid products made especially for you.
Beauty products with carotenoids are generally marketed as ProVitamin A products. These beauty creams help to prevent aging from sun damage, help to even skin color, and the promote good skin tone. These products are available at many of the same outlets as retinoid creams as well as via online purveyors.
Aging may be inevitable, but wrinkles and looking older than you feel certainly don't have to be. Stick with beauty products made with retinoids and/or carotenoids and look your best for years and years to come.