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As more people around the world live longer, there's never been more emphasis on finding anti-aging secrets. All sorts of consumer products line store shelves, promising to help you look younger than your real age. So do any of these topical creams actually work? Are they safe? It's good to look for certain ingredients, namely allantoin and retinol. Allantonin has been shown to promote the process of older skin cells being replaced by new ones. Reinoids, on the other hand, can reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as promote the production of skin-firming collagen. Retinol compounds have a host of scientific and medical applications, ranging from leukemia to acne. Generally speaking, products (or foods!) with strong anti-inflammatory or anti-oxidant properties are also a good bet. Bottom line, you can ignore the vast majority of ingredients on all those labels. Do some research and make an informed decision-or, you know, don't. Whatever you want to do with your skin-it's your body!
Skin anti-aging strategies (NIH)
"While the aging signs of internal organs are masked from the ambient 'eyes,' the skin provides first obvious marks of the passing time."