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How to Choose an Anti-Wrinkle Cream Based on Your Skin Concerns

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Maybe you are the type that looks for the trendiest new ingredients or skincare products. Or you may even opt for a new anti-wrinkle cream because your favorite celeb uses it, it smells like marshmallows, or you can’t resist the glossy packaging. Our advice, though, is to always choose skincare products that will target your skin concerns. What is a product going to do for you? Start by looking in the mirror: there is no sense in using a brightening cream that smells amazing if hyperpigmentation isn’t a concern. And when it comes to picking out an anti-wrinkle cream, take note of whether you’re just starting to develop fine lines, or you have deeper creases that have been around for a while. Once you know what you want to target, zero in on your wrinkle cream options and how to apply them for optimal results with our helpful guide below.

What causes wrinkles?

To prevent wrinkles, we have to first understand their various causes, some of which are inevitable and others within our control.
• Facial movements. When we’re younger, repeated facial movements tend not to leave lines because skin is elastic and springs back. But over time, our skin doesn’t return to place as easily, and these repeated expressions form grooves beneath the skin and lines on the surface.
• Age. As we age, our natural oil production decreases, leading to dryer skin that appears more wrinkled and actually is more susceptible to wrinkling. Fat in the deeper layers of skin also decreases, and this loss of volume can cause skin to sag and loosen, resulting in deep creasing.
• Sun exposure. Exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun, lights, and even screens speeds up nearly all of skin’s natural aging processes, as it breaks down collagen and elastin in the connective tissue and increases risk of harmful skin cancers.
• Smoking. Smoking is dangerous for your overall health, skin included. It has negative effects on your skin inside and out, with toxins that break down collagen and accelerate the overall aging process.

What should I look for in an anti-wrinkle moisturizer?

Anti-Aging Cream for Early Signs of Aging

What you see: Fine Lines and early signs of aging, such as enlarged pores, dull skin, and lack of suppleness skin texture.

Your Lancôme Anti-Aging Cream

Woman holding a jar of Genifique Night anti-wrinkle cream

Advanced Génifique Night Cream

Why it Works:
Our Advanced Génifique Night Cream has an impressive cast of ingredients, including hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and Bifidus Prebiotic. The anti-aging night cream helps create a plumper-looking complexion (ideal if you are starting to develop lines) as well as draw and keep moisture in skin (hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold water in skin) while you sleep to wake up with skin looking radiant and well-rested. If you are the type that is turned off by the idea of a cream, don’t fret—this isn’t your grandmother’s moisturizer. The transforming texture melts into skin without an oily or greasy feel. Once the cream reaches skin temperature it softens and melts into the skin as you apply it, instantly soothing and hydrating the skin and locking in hydration lasting for up to 72 hours*. After one night of using the cream, expect to see hydrated, more moisturized and nourished skin; after four weeks, your skin should appear healthier and feel stronger.** Over time, this anti-aging cream also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How to Apply It:
Our classic, wrinkle-reducing face massage: the pinch and roll. Apply the product to your entire face and down your neck, and then use your index finger and thumb to gently pinch and roll your skin upwards. Work your way first along your jaw, across the middle of your cheeks, and finally at the tops of your cheekbones (three times on each side of your face). Finish by pinching and rolling vertically on your forehead (working against your forehead lines), starting in the middle, above the center of your brow, then above the tail of your brow on each side. Repeat each set three times. Tip: Use our Advanced Génifique Anti-Aging Youth Activating Serum before using the night cream.

Anti-Wrinkle Cream for Wrinkles, Lower Face Sagging Skin, and Discoloration

What You See:
Deeper lines and wrinkles are starting to show, the lower face isn’t as firm as it used to be, plus skin tone may look uneven.

Your Lancôme Wrinkle Reducer

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Rénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream

Why it works:
Peptides are among skin’s best allies for combatting the visible signs of aging, including lines, wrinkles, and lower-face sagging. Rénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream features 300 unique peptides, an unprecedented number and variety of peptides, formulated into a unique anti-aging cream. The complementary effect of our 300 peptides can support faster and enhanced visible skin renewal for a smooth, firm, full-skin appearance. This anti-aging cream combines the power of peptides with hyaluronic acid and niacinamide—two well-known active ingredients for youthful-looking skin. Hyaluronic acid is known to absorb several times its own weight in water, helping to smooth and re-plump the skin, complementing the smoothing effects of topical peptides for skin. While niacinamide is known to improve the look of skin texture and tone, targeting discoloration and the visible signs of age spots. Over time, signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and lower-face sagging are visibly reduced, and skin looks younger.

How to Apply It:
For the best results, create a ritual using this anti-aging cream consistently morning and night. Smooth all over the face, neck, and décolleté after cleansing, toning, and using your favorite facial serums. We recommend starting with Advanced Génifique Serum to support the skin barrier for improved texture and radiance. Next, we recommend layering on our powerhouse anti-aging serum, Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum to help brighten while targeting the visible signs of aging. Last, apply your Rénergie H.P.N. 300-Peptide Cream by gently massaging the sensorial formula into skin using small, upward, circular motions until the cream is fully absorbed.

Anti-Wrinkle Cream for Deep Wrinkles and Volume Loss

Your Skin Concern: Deeper wrinkles and folds, loss of firmness, sagging skin, and dullness.

Your Lancôme Wrinkle Reducer

Woman holding a jar of Renergie Lift Multi-Action Night anti-wrinkle cream

Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Lifting & Firming Night Cream

Why it Works:
When deeper wrinkles and loss of firmness start to show up, it’s time to pull out Rénergie anti-aging cream. Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Anti-Aging Night Cream is part of our lifting skin care collection for sagging and wrinkles. This moisturizing cream has lifting, firming, and anti-wrinkle benefits to replenish skin overnight. In just 14 nights, wrinkles on the forehead, neck, and crow’s feet are visibly reduced. The best part about it: every skin type can reap the lifting effect, firming, luminosity-boosting benefits. How so? There are two textures which give anti-wrinkle benefits — a silky anti-aging night cream which helps with sagging, wrinkles, & fine lines, and a lightweight anti-aging day cream with SPF 15 which helps with wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity, sagging, uneven skin tone, dark spots, dryness, while helping protect skin from damaging sun rays.

How to Apply It:
Appropriately, the Rénergie anti-aging facial massage involves a lot of sweeping and lifting movements. Apply the wrinkle cream to your face and neck, then use your hands to rub first from your chin to behind your ear (six on each side of your face), then make the sweeping motions up your face—from your chin to your earlobe, your upper lip to the top of your ear, and from your cheekbones to your temple. Do six times on each side of your face, alternating between your hands for each “sweep.” Now make the same movement vertically along your forehead—three lines on each side of your face, repeating three times. Pair with our Rénergie Ultra H.C.F Triple Anti-Aging Serum before moisturizing skin.

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* In a clinical study on 24 women, after 72 hours
**Based on multi-ethnic self-assessment results in an 8-week consumer study of 79 women
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