Read the Label: Moisturizer and Wrinkle Creams
Since adding good sources of vitamins A, C and E to your diet is so great for skin, it makes sense to check the labels on your moisturizers and wrinkle creams for these wrinkle-busting ingredients.
- Vitamin A (a retinoid) appears on cosmetics labels as Retin-A (retinoic acid), retinol and retinyl. When applied as a topical cream, these ingredients increase collagen and elastin (proteins in the dermis). Retinoids also work to repair sun damage and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- The L-ascorbic acid version of vitamin C penetrates the outer layer of skin and increases vitamin C levels by 40 percent. Vitamin C protects against sunburn and can decrease the appearance of rosacea.
- DL-alpha-tocopherol is the most effective topical form of vitamin E. It enhances the effects of sunscreen and slows the formation of wrinkles. Because UV rays degrade or inactivate vitamins C and E, use products containing these ingredients at night or underneath sunblock.