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How Do I Choose the Best Wrinkle Serum?

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  • Written By: Lainie Petersen
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 29 October 2014
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When choosing a wrinkle serum, you should read its ingredient label to determine whether it contains compounds that can actually reduce the development of new wrinkles and the appearance of those that already exist. Ideally, the serum should contain ingredients that can protect, hydrate, and repair your skin. The product should also be free of ingredients that can irritate your skin. If possible, procures samples of each wrinkle serum that you consider before deciding on one product to include in your daily skin care regimen. Ask for samples at cosmetics counters. If a brand doesn’t offer samples or trial sizes, find out whether the store accepts returns on skin care products so that you can exchange a serum that doesn’t work for something that does.

The ingredient label on serums and other skin care products can help you to understand whether it contains ingredients that can help your skin. Many cosmetics experts encourage consumers to look for products that contain antioxidants, for example, as these ingredients can help prevent damage to the skin. One thing that you should look for is a well-formulated wrinkle serum that is packed in a tube or bottle instead of a jar, as the effective ingredients in many skin care products can become unstable when exposed to air. Tube or bottle packaging reduces air exposure, preserving the integrity of the product and ensuring that it will work as intended for a long period of time.

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Pay attention to how your skin reacts to a wrinkle serum. While some ingredients, such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxyl acids (BHAs), can cause redness and irritation when first used, if this irritation persists, you should typically stop using the product and find something less irritating. If your skin is very sensitive, consider using a wrinkle serum that is unscented. If you have oily skin or suffer from acne, try to find a product that is non-comedogenic, meaning that it won’t clog your pores.

Some skin care experts have noted that no wrinkle serum can prevent skin aging and damage apart from effective protection against ultra-violet rays. If you are purchasing a product to address wrinkles, it should contain an effective sunscreen, one with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. If your wrinkle serum does not contain a sunscreen, you will need to use a separate sunscreen in your skin care regimen to prevent the kind of damage that results in skin aging.

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