Anti-aging wrinkle creams put to the test

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Every year women spend millions trying to turn back the hands of time. For some it’s extreme procedures like face and brow lifts. Others count on tiny jars to regain their youth.

But can an anti-aging cream really live up to the hype?

“They’re going to claim they’re going to soften the fine lines and wrinkles, they’re going to give a fresher, more youthful texture back to the skin,” said skincare expert Michael Moore.

To put them to the test we had three women share their biggest skin concerns. Theresa Dickson is 45 and has noticed changes in her skin over the years.

“As I get older my skin is getting drier, and of course the fine lines,” she said.

Miki Wilde is 50 and she does see some problem areas.

“My forehead and probably my laugh lines,” she said.

Kim Mears is also 45 and there’s one spot she’s focused on.

“I think the biggest things are the wrinkles under my eyes and the bags under my eyes,” she said.

Moore evaluated all three women and we chose three different anti-aging products for them to try from low-end to high-end. For Dickson we selected Dermalogica’s Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 30 which retails for about $65.

“I think you’re going to see some difference of results with that one but it depends on how aged your skin already is,” Moore said.

For Wilde we chose Oil of Olay’s Regenerist Deep Hydration Regenerating Cream with a price of about $20.

“I actually think it’s a really good line. It’s actually the very first line that came out on the market with peptides in it,” said Moore.

And for Mears we chose the pricey La Prairie Anti-Aging Day Cream SPF 30 – it costs about $215 a jar.

“I think it’s a great line,” Moore said. “Do I think it will live up to what the $200 price point is? I’m not really sure on that one yet.”

Each woman used her cream for six to eight weeks and then came back to see us. First up…we re-visit Theresa Dickson who was using the Dermalogica product.

“I just didn’t think it was moisturizing enough,” she said.

Looking at her skin, Moore said he still noticed some dehydration in the skin and some fine lines.

“I don’t think I look any different than I did six weeks ago,” said Dickson.

Next up was Miki Wilde who was using the Oil of Olay cream. “I liked the texture, I thought it did absorb in my skin,” she said.

Moore said he did think Wilde’s skin looked more hydrated, and a bit brighter and fresher.

Wilde liked the product but wasn’t blown away by the results. “I’d like to think they work, but I haven’t seen any proof of it yet,” she said.

And finally we saw Mears, our tester with the expensive La Prairie cream. “I really liked the consistency of it. It was not too thick, not too thin,” she said.

Moore said he still noticed dehydration in Mears’ eye area, fine lines around her mouth, and some sun damage. She herself doesn’t believe this cream was worth the price.

“The cream that I’m using now is almost half of that and so I think I would be happy with what I was using before,” she said.

Overall, Moore believes the creams we tested are all good products but says a cream isn’t the only factor in having beautiful skin.

“I always talk to people about getting into using SPF on a daily basis, which is the number one anti-aging product you can use,” he said.

He also recommends products that contain peptides - a protein that promotes collagen growth. Hyaluronic acid - which helps hydrate the skin. And vitamin A products like retinol, which are proven to aid in cell turnover.

Many creams on the market including the ones we tested do contain these ingredients.

But Moore says important to remember creams are not the same as a pricey face lift. “There has to be reality attached to everything,” he said.

So you shouldn’t expect the same results.

He also said the earlier you can start with these products the better. Don`t wait until you start seeing wrinkles. Also keep an eye on your diet. Staying hydrated by drinking the right amount of water can help your skin look its best.

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