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Anti-aging creams and anti-wrinkle creams - do they really work?

Reviewed by Marta July 13, 2011 21 Comments

One of the (many) things that I love about the Truth In Aging community is that its members don’t take anything for granted. And recently two comments – from Susan and Dennis - really got me thinking and I realized that they both go to heart of what I am trying to do with Truth In Aging.

Actually, what’s funny is that in very different ways Susan and Dennis are raising the same issue. If I can summarize: Susan basically said if all these anti-aging skin creams really worked then you wouldn’t have any wrinkles; while Dennis noted that it was a bit discouraging to hear that I had some new fine lines emerging especially when I have such a (to quote another member) “high maintenance” beauty routine. They are fair points and, when you think about it, pretty fundamental. I answered them both at the time, but I believe that they deserve a fuller response.

For years, many women were told by dermatologists that nothing really worked against wrinkles and aging except for sunscreen and invasive solutions (involving injections of Botox and fillers, or cosmetic surgery). And, by and large, that was for a long time true; topical creams made promises that were simply not kept and most of us felt disillusioned at best, cheated at worst. But then five or so years ago, things started to change and cosmetics started to find clever breakthroughs with peptides and antioxidants. Anti-aging creams and anti-wrinkle creams started – to some extent – work.

Not all of them worked, nor still do. Many of the ones that did were (and are) being produced by boutique firms without the big marketing budgets that would get them noticed. That’s where Truth In Aging came in: to try to sort the wheat from the chaff, to find out what worked, what didn’t and why.

Now, it is important to note that I in the paragraph before last I said these anti-aging creams started working “to some extent”. I haven’t found anything that completely erases wrinkles and I don’t think that is realistic anyway. I have been aging for 51 years and a couple of years of a “high maintenance” beauty routine isn’t going to turn that around. Secondly, I am still aging and those lines are going to keep coming. This is a battle and it needs to be fought every day to stay on the winning side. Thirdly, in the pursuit of the Next Best Thing, science and in tireless service to Truth In Aging, I keep testing new things and not all of them work and some of them are even pretty bad. But, hey, you never know.

What I can honestly say to Susan, Dennis and anyone else who’s interested, is that I do look better now than I did a couple of years ago. Quite a bit better in fact. I’m not looking younger. But that isn’t the point. I look my age (51), but I look well and that’s enough; there’s no turning the clock back and I’ll just depress myself if I start to set impossible goals.

Amongst the best things I have found so far are LED light (especially for sagging – but it is something you need to keep up with), ReLuma, Your Best Face Correct and Define, Skin Nutrition Cell CPR, and E’shee’s products. I also think La Vie Celeste’s new Rich cream is great – especially for the price – and LiftLab is worth getting to know better.

My esthetician has been nagging me about vitamin C to keep redness down as well as freckles that are in danger of getting larger every year. So I have succumbed (I have never really liked vitamin C) and am using Collametics every day on my cheek bones (which are red) and on those larger freckles. I have to admit that she might be right. Onwards and upwards!

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  • March 2, 2013

    by barbara mory

    Yes, wrinkle cream really helps to remove signs of aging. My aunt have tried anti-aging product to deal with that problem. She only used natural products. It effectively works for her. Hope it will also help you.

  • September 28, 2012

    by kristie

    I know that the best anti-wrinkle creams have hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. I got Monsia anti-wrinkle cream as a birthday present for myself and my face is looking much much better, it’s really good for skin and I want to get their moisturizer now. :) Really happy with this one!

  • November 17, 2011

    by Christine

    My mother has never once used a product on her face.

    She has good skin, though she has redness.

    I however have acne even as an adult. Therefore I must use some products.

    Vitamin C is a god send for me. I had a big container of Perricone MD....and I got a terrible burn at a wedding all over my body....I slathered the jar over myself for a week and quit literally the burn went away over night.

    So yes....These Products Do Things. Can they stop aging? No. But if they can save me from the pain of a burn, and from Yucky Acne. I greatly appreciate it and will be more than happy to pay for it.

  • October 8, 2011

    by Janice

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for saying you look your age. I am sick to death of women who say they are such and such, but look such and such (usually younger, much younger). They base this on what they THINK a certain age is supposed to look like. If one cares for their skin and their body, any age is timeless. Which is where maintenance come in. I'm new to this site, but am subscribing. A lot of really good information. Thanks!

  • September 8, 2011

    by Rita F.

    I just wanted to add my two cents worth to the topic. If all these skincare products really worked, don't you think they'd use a wrinkled 65 year old woman using the product instead of a gorgeous wrinkle-free 20-something? Of course the model looks fabulous! She doesn't have wrinkles to begin with.

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