Today, anti-aging is a major concern among women. Who doesn't want a plump in skin, well it's a bad word but not bad when used to describe the skin. The plumper the skin cells, the better your skin appearance. But sadly, skin loses its elasticity with age as the skin cells thin out under the top layer. Losing elasticity means your skin gets wrinkled and fragile and loss of natural moisture makes it look dull.

Our skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and maintain sebum balance. But with age, exposure to sun and hooky game of hormones, the hyaluronic acid balance in skin goes topsy-turvy. Many anti-aging creams and lotions sold in drugstores, departmental stores and on the internet promise to reduce wrinkles, give you young skin and reverse the damage caused by the sun. Do they really work? Keep on reading to know more.

The effectiveness depends on specific ingredients and for how long you use them. Why? Because these over-the-counter (non-prescription) anti-aging creams are not classified as drugs and they are not required to undergo any scientific research to prove their effectiveness. If you are looking for young-looking skin and face-lift in a bottle, you possibly won't find it in these creams.

List of common yet effective ingredients in anti-aging creams

Hydroxy acid: Hydroxy acid is classified in 3 categories namely Alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and gamma hydroxy acids. These are exfoliants that remove the upper layer of old and dead skin and stimulate the growth of smooth and evenly toned new skin.

Retinol: It is a compound of Vitamin A and an antioxidant widely used in anti aging creams. It breaks down the free radical that causes wrinkles.

Tea Extracts: Tea like green, black and oolong contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Niacinamide: It's a potential antioxidant and related to 'niacin' (Vitamin B-3). It helps to maintain moisture in the skin and improves elasticity.

Coenzyme Q10: This ingredient reduces wrinkles around the eyes and protects skin from sun damage.

Tips to naturally rejuvenate your skin:

• Sound sleep not only has an impact on skin but our health in general too.
• Sleep on your back. It reduces wrinkles, age lines, reduces acid flux and improves digestion and promotes correct breathing. So sleep on your back tonight.
• Water, water and water. To hydrate you skin drink loads of water every day.
• Stay protected from Mr. Sun. you must be teasing your mom for carrying umbrella every time, well it’s the time you should start following the same. Make sunscreen your best friend and avoid too much exposure in sun.