Wouldn’t it be great if we could cleanse skin AND bust wrinkles at the same time?
There’s certainly no shortage of cleansers out there that promise to do both. But, do they work?
Mmm, let’s investigate:
Retinol, vitamin E, green tea, and other antioxidants can really make a big difference in how well we age. These antioxidants can fight free radicals, boost collagen production, and even reduce inflammation, which help keep wrinkles away for that little bit longer.
But, in a cleanser, they’re absolutely useless. They just end up down the drain when you rinse the cleanser off. How can they benefit skin if they aren’t anywhere near it anymore?
The only exception? Vitamin C. It can penetrate skin even when used in a cleanser, but ONLY with a delivery system based on PEG-12 Dimethicone. You guessed it, most products don’t use that.
Exfoliating acids like glycolic and salicylic easily remove the upper layers of the dead skin cells that are old, rough, and dull. Once they’re off, skin looks a lot smoother, brighter, and overall younger. Salicylic acid also busts pimples, so it’s great for those who suffer from oily skin.
Just don’t get your dose from a cleanser. Sure, if you massage these acids on your skin for a few minutes, some exfoliation will occur. And, that’s better than nothing, I guess.
But, these ingredients work much, much better and faster when they are left on the skin for hours, not rinsed down the drain after a few minutes.Don't bother with anti-aging cleansers. The antioxidants just end up down the drain (together with your money).Click To Tweet
The Bottom Line
Don’t waste your money on fancy anti-aging cleansers. They don’t work. Or better, they cleanse skin allright, but can do nothing for wrinkles. Just opt for a gentle cleanser formulated for your skin type, instead. It’ll work as well, and save you money, too.
Do you use anti-aging cleansers?