Facial wrinkles appear without any warning. The most common reasons are aging, environmental damage, loss of moisture and impaired new cell growth. Now we have learned that repetitive movements of facial muscles such as frowning, squinting, and even smiling can drastically speed up the wrinkle process.
As we progress through various stages of life the structure of our skin changes. Weight loss and gain, pregnancy, exercise and general aging will deplete the strength of the skin elasticity and allow it to sag or feel loose. While many opt for plastic surgery to "tuck" the skin, there are active ingredients (if formulated properly) in topical skin care treatments that can provide dramatic results for this common skin problem.
There are two ways to go with these topical products. The natural route and the laboratory produced and peptide based products. Some products work very well on some people but are less effective on others. In spite of manufacturers claims to the contrary not everyone gets the same results from a product.
It is our goal in this guide to help you choose the best product for your skin care needs.We sell both natural and synthetic products so you can be assured we have no bias. When reading these kinds of guides please consder the source of the information and the author's motives for presenting the information.
We have tried and used many of these products and have formed certain opinons and conclusions which we will express here. Look them over then you can make your own objective decision based on the facts.
Here are THE FACTS:
BOTOX® : Not to be used by those under 18 or over 65 or with skin sensitivities. Requires regular, costly trips to a doctor - and can only be injected every three months. Regular injections risks skin and nerve damage and actually thins the skin exacerbating some skin problems. Restricted to use on only certain areas of the face. Risks to pregnancy include abortion or fetal malformations. Not guaranteed and not covered by insurance. Costs $500 to $600 per treatment. Manufactured from Botulinum Toxin Type A - essentially it's a purified version of a deadly neurotoxin. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS AS A SOLUTION!
PEPTIDE BASED AND LABORATORY PRODUCED SKIN CARE PRODUCTS:
StriVectin®: Takes up to 28 days to see results. Not to be used by those under 18 without medical supervision. Minimum percentage of less effective Peptide. Does not prevent future skin damage. Testing is suggested to avoid side effects such as redness, rashes, or itching. Formulated for stretch marks.Was not intended for use on the face. Not for use during or after pregnancy while nursing. Guarantees vary depending on where you purchase. One 6 Oz. tube costs $135.00. MSRP. Mixed specifically to fight stretch marks using ingredients which can irritate sensitive skin. Label Warned to avoid using near the eye. WE WOULD CONSIDER THIS PRODUCT.
Perricone Neuropeptide Conformer: Confirmed results in 6 weeks. Contains Peptides, DMAE, Vitamin C, Vitamin E. Contains fragrance (which can be irritating) One 2 ounce bottle costs $570.00!! Contains clinically proven ingredients. WE WOULD CONSIDER THIS PRODUCT IF YOU DON'T MIND SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY.
Prevage : Idebenone caused sensitivity issues in 2% of trial participants. Issues related to long term idebenone use are unknown. One ounce costs approximately $100.00. A single anti-oxidant is good, but it's not a complete, multi-faceted anti-aging solution. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS AS A SOLUTION!
Kinerase C6 Peptide: Contains Argireline, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. 1 ounce can cost as much as $96.00! Contains a few clinically proven ingredients. WE WOULD CONSIDER THIS PRODUCT.
Avotone® (Avotox): Takes up to 18 days to see results. Known to dry out skin. Can possibly cause redness and irritation. Avotox recommend using only in targeted areas. Can be used on the entire face but has no additional benefits. Avotox offers 1 Oz. for $89.95 Contains fragrance (which can be irritating). Company phone numbers are for orders only, unavailable to answer skin care questions. Avotone is not a research and manufacturing skin care company. WE WOULD CONSIDER THIS PRODUCT.
Hydroderm®: No peptides (not a peptide enhanced product). Contains only collagen (a single ingredient can not accomplish wrinkle reduction) Unproven delivery system for delivering collagen to lower skin layers. The collagen can't be absorbed if the delivery system is not proven effective. Bait and switch free offer - you're required to provide a credit card which will be automatically billed monthly if you don't cancel. Company phone numbers are for orders only, unavailable to answer skin care questions. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS AS A SOLUTION!
Strixaderm-MD: Takes up to 28-42 days to see results. Minimum percentage of less effective Penta-Peptide. Testing is suggested to avoid side effects such as redness, rashes, or itching. One 6 Oz. tube costs $69.00 but Only Lasts 30 days! Limited ingredients, including lower grade Peptide - can irritate sensitive skin. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS AS A SOLUTION!
DDF Wrinkle Relax: Results may be seen in two weeks, but can take 45 to 60 days. Costs $80.00 for 1/2 ounce - that's $160.00 per ounce! Contains multiple peptides, but is missing vital antioxidants and firming elements that are crucial in reversiing as well as preventing the signs of aging. No UV protection. WE WOULD CONSIDER THIS PRODUCT.
Serutox®: With proper and consistent use, results should begin to be seen in as little as five days to six weeks. Minimal impact around mouth area. Best used for around glabellar lines and crows feet. Costs $94.99 for 1.7 ounces or $55.88 per ounce. WE WOULD CONSIDER THIS PRODUCT.
BioQue® Serum XL : Takes 30 days to see results. 20% Argireline concentration is not recommended by the manufacturer of Argireline. No clinical studies on such a high percentage. Only for use on isolated wrinkle areas. Only 30 day guarantee. Costs $85.00 for only 1 ounce. Less active ingredients. Which other ingredient promotes collagen synthesis? Company phone numbers are for orders only, unavailable to answer skin care questions. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS AS A SOLUTION!
AlphaDerma CE: Immediate reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Daily usage provides cumulative dermal benefits improving the overall health of your skin. AlphaDerma CE's 10% Argireline concentration is safe for all types of skin, even sensitive skin. Can be used on the face, neck, and body. Designed specifically to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Rejuvenates skin wherever applied. Great delivery system is clinically proven to penetrate up to 20 layers deep into the skin - providing true skin enhancing benefits. Company offers 60 day return policy. One 4 Oz. pump can last months and is very affordable - only $129.95 ($32.49/oz) Contains 8 clinically proven, potent active ingredients. Janson Beckett is a research and manufacturing company with over three decades of experience in the skin care industry. The company has a telephone help line to answer questions. THIS IS OUR NUMBER 1 CHOICE OF ANY PEPTIDE BASED SKIN CARE PRODUCT. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT!
NATURAL SKIN CARE PRODUCTS NOT LABORATORY PRODUCED:
EMU OIL AND EMU OIL BASED PRODUCTS:
DREMU OIL: Clinical studies have shown that emu oil actually regenerates collagen. You will immediately notice the moisturizing and softening effects. Used 2-3 times daily for 4-6 weeks you will visibly see your skin plump up and your wrinkles diminish. Depending on how many and how deep the wrinkles it may take up to 9 months to fully erase them. Keep in mind, Dremu Oil is a natural product with no side effects. It takes about a minute to apply, which you can do yourself anywhere, any time. With consistent use of Dremu Oil you will see stretch marks (and other scars) fade. Dremu Oil will heal the skin at deep levels. Dremu Oil has very little or no scent at all. However, as a pure oil without preservatives, it has a lower shelf life than many cosmetic products and will spoil if it is not used in about five or six months. Dremu Oil is refined in USDA and FDA approved labs. Dremu exceeds the American Emu Association “Fully Refined” standards using a third refining process called Molecular Distillation. Tests have shown that “Fully Refined” emu oil may still have as much as 10% impurities, so we insist on that third step. Molecular distillation is an expensive additional process that yields a very clean oil free of impurities, bacteria, toxins and heavy metals. This is extremely important. Whatever you ingest passes through the liver. Your liver functions to detoxify and neutralize harmful ingredients. However emu oil is absorbed through your skin and doesn’t pass through the liver so you want the highest purity level. This distillation is what makes our emu oil Triple-Refined - nothing less would be acceptable by Dremu standards. THIS IS OUR NUMBER 1 CHOICE OF ANY NATURAL SKIN CARE PRODUCT. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT!
Emu oil other than Dremu: Emu oils are not all alike. Despite claims to the contrary there are tremendous differences in quality. We have found other emu oils to be inferior to Dremu Oil. Some of the other emu oils claim to be triple refined, but in fact Dremu Oil is the only Triple Refined Emu Oil. The AEA issues a certificate indicating an oil is fully refined. While that is good, it is still not Triple Refined. This is important because of the penetrating properties of emu oil. Any impurities in the oil may also be introduced into your body throught that same penetrating effect. When food is ingested your liver does the job of filtering impurities to protect your body. With emu oil entering your body through absorbtion through the skin it is critical that maximum refining is done to the product being used to prevent unwanted impurities from entering the body. Since emu oil is relatively inexpensive when compared to other skin care products why skimp on quality? We therefore only recommend Dremu Oil because it is the best.
These are Emu Oils we do not recommend: Vanish, Epic, Blue Emu, Aussie, American. None of these are actually triple refined. They may be "Fully Refined". But that is a lower standard than "Triple Refined".
I hope you have found this guide to be helpful in choosing the best skin care products for your skin.
Thanks for reading this and good luck on improving your skin!