Anti-aging creams would probably have to count as one of the most expensive beauty bottles you'll ever have to spend on, easily ranging from under US$ 20 to as much as over US$ 200 for the same amount of cream. What really makes a difference? It's what inside the bottle. Unfortunately, when it comes to the price range, spending on ads and marketing plus brand reputation all come into play.

Active ingredients: Telling the difference
Anti-aging creams will give you plenty of promises. Most of the time, the claims are simply too good to be true. Ask yourself what do you want to derive from an anti-aging cream? Is it more radiant skin or less visible blemishes? Different products work different wonders, just as simples as a Clarins Extra Firming Neck Cream can work up increasingly sagging skin on your neck.

Below are five of the top ingredients that have been found and tested to help fight signs of skin aging, each with a brief explanation of why that ingredient is good for your aging skin:

1. Retinoids, tretinoins and retinols. For a long time now, these Vitamin A derivatives, procured either over-the-counter or prescription strength have been proven to be the best ingredients when it comes to wrinkle and pigment prevention, care and correction.

When these ingredients deeply penetrate the skin, it stimulates collagen production so that skin is flooded with moisture, making the surface of the skin plump, firm and pulled up. In addition, these ingredients have also been shown to enhance the production and powers of enzymes and skin precursors that inhibit the expression of melanin which, if produced in higher than normal amounts, causes skin to suffer from hyper pigmentation, uneven skin tone and blotching.

2. Antioxidants. The second group of beneficial ingredients that have also been proven many times over to inhibit cellular aging are antioxidants. In general, antioxidants are good for cells throughout your body. That's why people load up on antioxidants even in their diets. Think of antioxidants as creating an invisible shield for your body to protect it from environmental stressors but most importantly, from free radicals.

Free radicals are a major culprit in the fight against aging. These attempt to steal away the electron of a molecule in your cells, and when it is successful, it catalyzes a series of cellular processes that eventually suffer your cells, causing it to become damage or even die in the process. Many of the damaged molecules turn out to be free radicals themselves.

3. Alpha hydroxy acids. It's a well-known fact in anti-aging skincare that exfoliation is the only way to surface new skin. It requires the destruction of the skin's outer layers so as to prompt skin cells to produce and surface a newer, more flawless layer of skin. In the past, exfoliation has been highly ablative, causing even the healthy, undamaged skin layers to become unnecessarily damaged.

Then enter alpha hydroxy acids, which includes glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid. These ingredients have the ability to gently slough off and lift skin to eliminate damaged skin layers. Look for these in your anti-aging cream as this will clear the way for other beneficial skin ingredients to be able to penetrate your skin easily and work more effectively.

4. Peptides. In general, aging skin cells lose energy and vitality, causing poor communication and coordination among and between skin cells. The unfortunate outcome of this growing inefficiency? Your skin cannot respond well enough to cope with growing tears and breaks in your skin.

Peptides are small chains of amino acids which are the basic building blocks of your skin What peptides do is try to enhance cell communication or other processes that bear on the appearance of your skin on the surface, including flooding it with moisture. Some peptides work by telling your skin cells to produce more collagen and elastin. Some peptides, neuropeptides most notably like Argireline, have the ability to relax facial muscles, causing your skin to become less tensed and therefore appear smoother.

5. Moisture-rich and moisture-binding ingredients. Most anti-aging products will give your skin a moisture boost. Clarins Extra Firming Neck Cream, for instance, consists of hyaluronic acid that immediately pulls up your skin.

Conclusion
The next time you hear about a new anti-aging product being aggressively marketed, look for prood of efficacy and ask, "has this product been tested?" The results will show you if it works.

Author's Bio: 

Margaux has over a decade of experience researching and writing as a profession and as a passion. She is an inspirational writer who strongly believes in the power of self-motivation. She believes that every woman and man, no matter what age or race, can be confident but that confidence must be shaped inside and out. A person, she says, is perceived by others in the same way a person perceives himself or herself. Margaux is a social development worker who spends her free time pondering and writing about life, love, health, relationships, human rights, human potential, the inherent goodness of men and women, and everything else that should matter. She is contributing to consumerhealthdigest.com for anti-aging and eye care category.

Margaux has over a decade of experience researching and writing as a profession and as a passion. She is an inspirational writer who strongly believes in the power of self-motivation. She believes that every woman and man, no matter what age or race, can be confident but that confidence must be shaped inside and out. A person, she says, is perceived by others in the same way a person perceives himself or herself.

Margaux is a social development worker who spends her free time pondering and writing about life, love, health, relationships, human rights, human potential, the inherent goodness of men and women, and everything else that should matter. She is contributing to consumerhealthdigest.com for anti-aging and eye care category.