How They Work, How to Use Them, Where to Buy Them
Topical wrinkle fillers are popular for anyone who wishes to reduce fine lines & wrinkles, yet is opposed to the cost, pain and side effects of Restylane or Botox.
There are a number of great anti-aging skincare wrinkle filler products on the market that do not subject you to the cost, pain and potentially negative side effects associated with injectable dermal fillers. These topically-applied anti-aging wrinkle fillers share some similar ingredients, delivery systems and features according to Sheridan, the owner of this lip enhancement clinic in north London.
How Wrinkle Fillers Work
Most topical wrinkle fillers create a temporary plumping of the skin’s fine lines and wrinkles by drawing moisture to the wrinkle and plumping it. This action is usually accomplished by including a humectants in the product. A humectant is an ingredient that draws moisture to itself. Hyaluronic acid is one of the commonly used humectants found in topically-applied wrinkle fillers.
Some wrinkle fillers, like Arbonne’s RE 9 Wrinkle Filler, deliver the hyaluronic acid in a tiny self-contained sphere. When the sphere releases the hyaluronic acid at the wrinkle, it acts like a magnet to draw moisture to itself and then absorbs the moisture and swells, plumping up the surrounding skin. By doing so, the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles is minimized.
The best topical wrinkle fillers deliver the humectant in a time-released manner, so that the wrinkle will continue to get the benefits of additional plumping over time.
Another mechanism of topical wrinkle fillers is the relaxation of the skin at the site of the wrinkle, so that there is an appearance of smoothness. GABA or gamma aminobutyric acid is a commonly-used relaxant that was discovered in the late 1800s. However, its use as a topical relaxant is a relatively new development. Botox aims for this same result, but does so in an injectible process. Also, its results are much longer lasting that that achieved by GABA.
Ingredients in Wrinkle Fillers
Commonly found ingredients in wrinkle fillers include:
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (a powerful anti-oxidant)
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Polypeptides (protein chains that work to smooth the skin’s surface)
How to Use Wrinkle Fillers
Wrinkle Fillers can be delivered in a cream format that is applied from a bottle or jar. They can also be delivered in a “paint pen” format, where the product is moved up to the bristles for pinpoint application. Realize that a wrinkle filler is not to be used all over the face. A good anti-aging skin care line will address that need; a wrinkle filler merely targets specific wrinkles, crows’ feet, or fine lines.
Follow the instructions specific to your product, but wrinkle fillers are generally applied following cleansing and moisturizing and before makeup application.