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What are anti-aging treatments and what do they do for fine lines and wrinkles?

Anti-aging treatments are creams and moisturizers that are designed to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermatologists will be the first to tell you that over the counter products are not the equivalent of Botox. There is no miracle cure anti-aging product, although there are plenty of exaggerated marketing. This said, there are many products that can provide genuinely pleasing improvements in appearance provided that expectations are kept realistic.

What do dermatologists look for in recommending anti-aging products?

Dermatologists primarily look at the active ingredients in an anti-aging product. While there are many potentially beneficial nutrients, antioxidants, and other molecules, that does not mean that they are equally well studied or established as effective. Concentration of useful ingredients is also important, as some manufacturers can have minute traces of ingredients simply to list them as an ingredient for advertising rather than efficacy. Packaging can also be a factor as some molecules can become ineffective when exposed to air.