Friday, May 25, 2007

Beauty creams 'really do work'

Beauty creams which contain retinol really do fight wrinkles, according to the latest research.

Scientists in the US have found that lotions containing retinol, which is otherwise known as vitamin A, or pro-retinol compounds fight the signs of ageing and have a significant rejuvenating effect on skin; reducing wrinkles, roughness and severity of ageing.

The retinol in face creams increases production of two vital skin components - glycosaminoglycan and procollagen, which also make skin more likely to withstand injury and the formation of ulcers.

Dr Reza Kafian, who led the research, told the Daily Mail: 'In natural ageing, skin loses its youthful appearance by becoming thinner, laxer and more finely wrinkled.

'Thinner skin results from a reduced production of the protein collagen. Retinol improves fine wrinkles associated with natural ageing.'

However retinol can cause redness and irritation because it sensitises the skin to sunlight and it may also be dangerous for pregnant women to have too much vitamin A.


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