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Six of the best: Wrinkle-busting creams

21 MARCH 2013

After Kim Kardashian revealed her surprising choice of acupuncture-style facelift for banishing the early signs of ageing, we wanted to take a look into what really works against the wrinkles.

It seems vampire facials are not the only extremes celebrities are undergoing for youthful glowing skin. From Austrian leeches to the more commonly adopted chemical peel, it seems that many women are hooked on finding the most effective treatment to reverse the clock.

“I did this thing called a peel,” Jennifer Aniston, 43 said. “It’s extremely intense - you look like a battered burn victim for a week after… It’s horrifying.”

But for those looking for a less radical treatment, the high street is filled with a fantastic variety of anti-wrinkle creams that plumps up the skin's surface in a gentle way.


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CLICK ON PHOTO FOR SIX OF THE BEST ANTI-WRINKLE CREAMS


Whether you've only just embarked on tackling the first signs of lines in your mid-twenties or if you are already well into your fifities and beyond, there are always steps you can take to improve the quality and elasticity of your skin. We've found the best products for the job and de-coded the jargon in some of the anti-ageing industry's favourite ingredients:

Retinol
A compound that works as an antioxidant, retinol has been proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by helping skin cells regenerate better and increase the amound of skin-support substances that are produced.

Hydroxy acids
These lightweight acids such as glycolics add radiance and smooth lines by chemically exfoliating the top, dead layer of skin for a refreshing result. When used every two to three days it can also help fade blotches and allow other anti-aging ingredients to penetrate faster and work more effectively

Tea extracts
Whether green of white, these tea extracts are commonly found in most anti-aging creams because of their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which work to reduce inflammation, build collagen and reduce cell damage by impeding the harmful effects of sun exposure.

But protecting your face from the harsh lines needn't just be about committing to a bottle of youth-inducing elixir. Smaller lifestyle changes can have just as positive of an impact, leaving your skin looking younger for longer.

Of course using a good external moisturiser is always a good place to start to keep the surface of your skin plump and supple, but drinking plenty of water is where hydration really works its magic on the face.

The recommended six to eight glasses a day should be just enough to help you clear out any toxins and keep cells functioning at their best.

Remember to also remove make-up every night. Putting this in practice as young as possible could save your face looking years younger in the future as even leaving on a full face at night prevents your skin and producing collagen for elasticity.

"No matter how late it is" says Demi Moore, 50. "When I get home, I take the time to clean and moisturise my face. I'm a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won't need a lot of makeup."

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