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October 8, 2007

8 Wrinkle Treatments

By Tara Fraser

Wrinkles look great on aging men like George Clooney, but they don’t have quite the same affect on women, like say, Sarah Jessica Parker. When women start to get older, the last thing they want to do is look older. Hence the wrinkle treatments made available today.

And with recent advancements that don’t include surgery, a woman never has to look her age. Of course, you likely don’t want to look like a plasticized human, either.

But what works and what doesn’t when it comes to wrinkle treatments? Well, different things work for different women, but here a few suggestions you may want to take a shot at. It’s time you gave yourself the opportunity to look 20 years old for at least, say, 20 years, with the following wrinkle treatments.

Keep in mind, however, that these wrinkle treatments are not permanent solutions and if you were to stop using the following products, your results will begin to wane. The only thing that provides permanent results is a surgical facelift.

Note: All amounts are in U.S. dollars.

Wrinkle Treatments #1
Botox, or Botulinum Toxin Type A, has become increasingly popular over the last few years for many reasons, but above and beyond all were its ability to temporarily banish wrinkles and give the face a more youthful, awake appearance. Botox is most effective on crow’s feet, eyebrow scowls, frown lines, and vertical lines on the upper lip.

Botox works by preventing your nerve impulses from reaching specific muscles in the face, ultimately keeping the skin relaxed.

Approximate cost: Up to $300 per area injected. Injections will need to be repeated every six months.

The down side: It is possible that you may experience mild numbness, swelling, bruising, or tingling in the affected area, but this should not occur if the wrinkle treatment is carried out correctly. Check your doctor’s credentials and make to sure to test a patch of skin before going through with an entire treatment of Botox.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Wrinkle Treatments #2
Micro (Chemical) Peel

In this 30-minute procedure, dead skin cells are removed from the face using a technique called dermaplaning. And no, it does not hurt. After that, a glycolic acid is applied to the face, at which point you may feel a slight burning or tingling sensation.

The great thing about this wrinkle treatment is that recovery is immediate, although fair-skinned women may have a red complexion for the day. But you may apply makeup immediately after treatment.

It’s important to note, however, that a micro peel will not improve skin fold wrinkles or skin tone.

Approximate cost: Up to $100 per peel – six are required (one every two weeks) for optimal results.

The down side: You may experience temporary burning and itching, and you will be required to purchase more products that you will need to apply at home.

Rating: 4.4 out of 5

Wrinkle Treatments #3
Pronutrex Wrinkle Serum

Of late, this “miracle” serum is getting all kinds of rave reviews by everyday women who swear by the product. It manages to make the skin softer, smooth wrinkles, improve skin’s texture, and, because you apply so little, the 2-ounce bottle lasts quite a while.

In as little as two days, women saw a smoother texture when it came to their skin, and within two weeks they noticed a significant change in their wrinkles.

Approximate cost: $50 for a 2-ounce bottle.

The down side: Because this is a serum (not to be confused with a moisturizer), it goes on quite shiny and takes some time to be absorbed by the skin. So put it on right out of the shower, get dressed, dry your hair, and then apply your makeup.

Rating: 4.3 out of 5

Wrinkle Treatments #4
Olay Regenerist
I know, I know, it’s a wonder how such a reasonably priced product can compete with some of the higher end brands, but a recent study published by Consumer Reports states that Olay Regenerist is the best cream of all the over-the-counter wrinkle treatments.

Although some users claim that this wrinkle treatment does not provide the type of major results they would’ve liked, most admitted that it left the skin feeling soft and smooth, and most women appreciated that it has SPF-15.

Approximate cost: $19 for a 50 ml jar

The down side: It contains artificial colors.

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

Wrinkle Treatments #5
Physician’s Complex Peptide Lotion

Chock full of Biopeptide-CL , retinol, coenzyme Q10, green tea extract, and vitamin E, this peptide lotion promises to restore skin’s elasticity and firmness. And who isn’t interested in a wrinkle treatment that does all that?

With consistent use, Peptide Lotion may reduce the appearance of fine lines, even skin tone, and decrease discoloration, dryness and scaliness.

Approximate cost: $58 for a 1.6-ounce bottle.

The down side: You will need to wear a sunscreen while using this product, as it increases your sensitivity to UV rays.

Rating: 4.1 out of 5

Wrinkle Treatments #6
DermaDoctor Wrinkle Revenge
Another formula based on “peptide” technology, this lightweight wrinkle treatment cream contains a peptide-D58 complex that fights fine wrinkles while simultaneously firming the skin and providing antioxidant protection.

Other ingredients in this wrinkle treatment cream, such as urea and glucosamine, also help to firm and tone skin, and the cream itself does not feel heavy or oily on the skin.

Approximate cost: $70 for a 1.7-ounce tub.

The down side: It is a little pricey compared to other effective products, and if you have dry skin to begin with, this product can leave your skin feeling somewhat tighter than usual.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Wrinkle Treatments #7
Peter Thomas Roth Co-Oxygen Q-10 Wrinkle Repair
As we age, our skin begins to lose vital nutrients and an older appearance begins to set in. This wrinkle treatment cream is designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Results will not be visible overnight, but with consistent use, this product, thanks to its main ingredient coenzyme Q10, will help in your fight against time.

Approximate cost: $110 for a 2.3-ounce tub.

The down side: Again, the price is painful. Also, this cream is not designed for sensitive skin, which may be problematic for most women.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Wrinkle Treatments #8
Strivectin-SD started out as a solution to help minimize stretch marks and morphed into an wrinkle treatment cream. How? Well, when market researchers handed out this cream in sample form, it was simply marked “topical cream,” so most women began applying it to their faces and, before they knew it, they saw a remarkable improvement in their wrinkles. So it became one of the best-selling wrinkle treatments on the market.

This product stimulates collagen synthesis and evens skin tone. Although some women have reported seeing no change at all, over 90% claim they look 10 years younger.

Approximate cost: $135 for a 6-ounce tube.

The down side: May cause skin irritations in some women so it’s best to get your hands on a sample before committing to 6 ounces.

Rating: 3.9 out of 5

Best wrinkle treatments for you

Getting old and wrinkly is not our objective. We want to look hot and vibrant for as long as we can. And although it’s not cheap to keep up with youth, it’s well worth it when someone gives us that one compliment about how young we look.

So keep your wrinkle treatments close by and make sure to help your fellow woman with her fight against the aging process.

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