Consumers have numerous choices when it comes to injectable wrinkle fillers. Though such injections are effective at filling in lines for a smooth appearance, they're also very expensive. Less efficient, but still helpful, over-the-counter wrinkle-filling creams can also be used to soften wrinkles on your face temporarily.
L'Oreal Collagen Moisture Filler Day/Night Cream
L'Oreal's wrinkle-filler is designed to target wrinkled skin with intense moisture, according to skincare expert Paula Begoun. She notes that insufficient collagen production is often a leading cause of wrinkles. This product, however, comes formulated with collagen and has an emollient texture.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Anti-Wrinkle Cream
Dr. Day picked Aveeno's wrinkle-filling cream as one of her favorite alternatives to injectable wrinkle fillers, thanks in part to its use of niacinamide. This vitamin, which works as a powerful antioxidant, is combined with skin-nourishers such as vitamin E, vitamin B5 and all-natural soy extract to help hydrate your skin cells, firm up your skin surface and smooth out fine lines. It's also hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic, so you can use it even with sensitive or blemish-prone skin conditions.
La Prairie Cellular Treatment Gold Illusion Line Filler
La Prairie formulates its wrinkle cream with a thick texture. Begoun says it can help "fill in superficial wrinkles" and that it is formulated with "good antioxidants," which may help keep new wrinkles from being created. The inclusion of shimmer-boosting mineral pigments instantly enhance your skin's complexion by diffusing light and helping to camouflage fine lines.
Patricia Wexler No-Injection Instant Line Filler for Lips & Eyes
Patricia Wexler's wrinkle filler cream is billed as a replacement for injectable fillers. It's nowhere near as effective, but Begoun says it is proficient at helping to fill in and conceal "superficial lines." She liked how it was "considerably silkier" than similar products from the manufacturer, and says it's formulated with several "cell-communicating ingredients" and other active chemicals that can enhance the overall health of the skin around your eyes and lips.
- "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me"; Paula Begoun; 2009
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