Rid yourself of wrinkles with the wave of a wand? It must be magic. Actually, the FREO Cool Wand Therapy Skin Care System can be yours for only $79.95. Check it out on the Home Shopping Network. It is sold by a doctor so it must be authentic. Right?

Dr Jeanette Graf, MD (apparently famous for inventing Vita-Peptide) peddles a range of skincare products on HSN, but the wand is by far my favorite. Now, I take it that amongst us adults it would be superfluous of me to point out what the wand looks like.

The idea is that you slather the good doctor's antiaging cream over your face during which time the wand has reached a temperature of 38 degrees. Rubbing the cold wand over your face is supposed to help the cream's ingredients penetrate (including, presumably, all those lovely parabens). According to Dr Graf, there is a wealth of data on the anti-aging and healing effects of cold and my husband insists that  Paul Newman's sole concession to grooming was to plunge his face into cold water every morning.

Putting the skin into contact with cold will, in fact, achieve very little other than a brief and superficial tightening of the skin. If you don't believe me buy a re-usable ice pack and save yourself about seventy bucks.


Water**, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Copolymer, Glycerin**, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol*, Carbomer*, Polysorbate 20*, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide***, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7***, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-20**, Hydroxysuccinimide**, Chrysin**, Stearic Acid, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Mica, Silica, PEG-8 Beeswax, Allantoin, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Leaf Extract, Tetrasodium ETTA, Triethanolamine, D & C Red 33

*Ingredients specific to Matrixyl 3000, **Ingredients specific to Haloxyl, ***Ingredients common to Matrixyl 3000 and Haloxyl