Oh, come on—it’s not even a fair fight. Sunscreen is a powerhouse by itself, but wrinkle creams aren’t worth anything without sunscreen to back them up!
Yes, yes… we all know that we’re supposed to slather ourselves with sunscreen before we even dare to pass a window. It’s all well and good to tout the benefits of prevention, but what are you supposed to do when you’ve already fried your skin to a crispy golden brown? What good will sunscreen do for you then?
While most drugstore or department store wrinkle creams are just shams in a jar, there are some treatments that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Really! But (and this is a big but) they have to be used alongside—you guessed it—sunscreen.
Do ANY Wrinkle Creams Work?
There is no such thing as a topical cream that will turn Keith Richards’ face into Justin Bieber’s. However, certain ingredients, namely retinol and glycolic acid, can stimulate cell and collagen growth, causing the reduction in the appearance of fine lines. Moreover, they also have the ability to diminish age spots.
Prescription strength retinol products (such as Retin-A) can be extremely effective, but you HAVE to use sunscreen for them to deliver lasting benefits. The most potent wrinkle-fighters leave your skin more vulnerable to harmful UVA rays, so you could damage your skin rather than repair it if you’re not incorporating extra protection.
So, to all you whippersnappers out there, start smearing on the sunscreen religiously. Several times per day, if need be. You just might save yourself the heartache of premature aging, endless med spa treatments and the eventual facelift.