Do Creams Really Reduce Wrinkles? Ask the Experts

Woman applying a cream to wrinkles Do Creams Really Reduce Wrinkles? Ask the Experts

So your skin is aging, you’re noticing wrinkles and other fine lines, and you’re asking yourself: do these over-the-counter creams really work? Wonder no longer, as we dive into the world of topical anti-aging solutions.

What to Know About Creams and Wrinkles

Anti-Aging Creams: Do They Work?

There is no shortage of anti-aging creams and at-home solutions out there. You’ve seen ads for retinoids, tretinoin, collagen, and everything in between, and you might be wondering: do these products really treat wrinkles effectively? The answer is more complicated than you might think. The nice thing to know is that these products will help prevent aging. How effectively they work at preventing aging depends on their ingredients and other factors, and whether they can actually reduce wrinkles is an even trickier question to answer. The short answer for both of these issues is yes, creams can really reduce wrinkles and slow the process of aging if the ingredients are right for you and you’re using them properly.

Tips for Selecting Anti-Aging Cosmetic Products

There are a variety of cosmetic products out there that promise the moon and don’t deliver at all. Our first tip is to look for modesty in your product’s description. Words like miracle or instant should never be thrown around without any real care. If the label promises to work miracles overnight, don’t buy it. Skincare is complicated and needs fine-tuning because everyone’s skin is different. A good anti-aging skincare product will talk realistically and explain how its ingredients can help you. These products shouldn’t sound like snake oil. They should set your expectations at reducing, not eliminating, wrinkles.

What Works Best?

Now that we’ve set aside what doesn’t work in terms of anti-aging cosmetics, let’s look at the products and methods for using them that work best at reducing and preventing wrinkles. At the basis of any anti-aging skincare routine is a moisturizer. Moisturizers come in many different consistencies with different ingredients, but they all serve the same goal: keeping your skin hydrated and protected from outside dryness. Moisturizers are good for anti-aging regardless of what they contain because moisturized skin is less prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles. When skin is chronically dry, it loses support and develops a sunken appearance; these wrinkles contribute to the appearance of aging skin. Your skin loses the ability to produce a variety of natural, supportive proteins and other substances as you age. These substances like elastin, collagen, and hyaluronic acid all work to maintain skin’s natural fullness and definition. Many moisturizers contain one or more of these substances that act as a supplement to your body’s natural production of them. While absorption through the skin isn’t the best way to get your collagen or elastin, it certainly is better than nothing.

Anti-aging products don't often include anything that directly helps prevent or treat wrinkles, but they work wonders. Sunscreen is a necessity for your skin year round, as preventing sun damage is one of the best ways to keep your skin from aging prematurely. Sun damage breaks down your skin cells and destroys them, meaning your body has to work on repairing rather than maintaining itself. This extra work takes away from your skin’s ability to produce things like collagen, meaning your skin will have less necessary proteins earlier than it should. A broad spectrum sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher should be worn at all times on any exposed skin during daylight hours. Some moisturizers and other cosmetics contain daily sunscreen, but be aware of their SPF. Many only offer about 15 SPF, which isn’t enough for prolonged direct sunlight.


Creams really can reduce wrinkles; that’s a fact. But they aren’t miracles. Apply them correctly and responsibly, and you should notice improvement. If you need more advice or are looking for an anti-aging treatment with lasting results, reach out to the anti-aging experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates today.

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