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Good Housekeeping's Anti-aging award winners- reviewed and rejected

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September 20, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 13 Comments
Hot on the heels of Prevention Magazine's Defy Your Age awards, Good Housekeeping has just come with its own Anti-aging Awards for beauty products. With the exception of Hydropeptide’s moisturizer with sunblock, the Prevention winners were beyond mediocre. Good Housekeeping ‘s choices are so baffling that I am almost rendered speechless (something of an out of body experience for me).

First up is Chanel Ultra Correction Lift. If you have the $150 required, do the world a favor and write a check to your charity of choice. Chanel Ultra Correction Lift is a monumental waste of money. Even Good Housekeeping noted that it did very little for age spots or wrinkles, although it did result in a “slight improvement on beneath the surface UV spots”.

If you squint at the ingredients list for long enough, the observant – or perhaps the merely patient – will spot Matrixyl 3000. But let me save you the bother; it is right at the very end. There’s a marginally higher proportion – which is obviously not saying much – of sodium hyaluronate and carnosine.

And that, my friends, is it. The vast majority of your $150 is going on run of the mill emollients such as isododecane or neopentanoate, humectants like pentylene glycol, silicone, copolymers and tongue twisters like pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate (a stabilizer). The active sunscreen actives are the harmful avobenzone and octinoxate, both of which degrade in sunlight.

If you are in this price range, Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum (winner of Best Facial Firmer) is a much better bet. There are several peptides including hexapeptide-10, a collagen builder, that are high up on the ingredients list.  There are vitamins A, C and E and some moisturizing phosholipids, which are antioxidant when mixed with vitamin E. Nonetheless, you are getting an awful lot of silicones and other fillers for your money.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the other anti-aging beauty products in Good Housekeeping’s winning roster:

Vicy LiftActive Retinol HA tied (with L’Oreal) for the best night cream. The best thing to be said about it is that at $40 Vichy isn’t fleecing consumers as blatantly as Chanel. All you really need to know is that the name is descriptive. It has retinol and HA (hyaluronic acid) and little else that will benefit your skin, except for shea butter.

Olay Pro-X Eye Restoration Complex ($42) won best eye cream. In the genre of drugstore brand with a fair number of worthless fillers, Olay’s Pro-X products standout for having several good actives at meaningful concentrations. Niancinamide, a form of vitamin B, is Olay’s signature ingredient and there is also Matrixyl 3000 and vitamin E.  Probably the only one of Good Housekeeping’s selection worth considering.

No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum was put on the map by Professor of Dermatology Chris Griffiths who reported that the original No7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum was as good as a prescription retinoid. In actual fact, Protect & Perfect is basically retinyl palmitate (a relatively mild form of vitamin A) and pentapeptide-3, which is Matrixyl. You have to get through a fair bit of silicone to get to them though.

Ingredients in Chanel

Avobenzone 3% Octinoxate 7.5%

Aqua (water), glycerin, isododecane, peg/ppg/polybutylene glycol-8/5/3 glycerin, c12-15 alkyl benzoate, pentylene glycol, ppg-12/smdi copolymer, cetearyl alcohol, c20-22 alkyl phosphate, dipropylene glycol, triheptanoin, c20-22 alcohols, coco-glucoside, butylene glycol, vp/dimethiconylacrylate/polycarbamyl/polyglycol ester, oryzanol, octyldodecyl, neopentanoate, parfum (fragrance), hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, ammonium acryloyldimethyltaurate/vp copolymer, squalane, caprylyl glycol, methylparaben, xanthan gum, ammonium  glycyrrhizate, sodium carbomer, decarboxy carnosine hcl, disodium edta, propylene glycol, polysorbate 60, canarium luzonicum gum nonvolatiles, pentaerythrityl tetra-di-t-butyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, sodium hyaluronate, phenoxyethanol, polysorbate 20, sorbitan isostearate, bht, ethylparaben, sodium methylparaben, propylparaben, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, ci 17200 (red 33)

Ingredients in  Vichy

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Shea Butter, Elaeis Guineensis Oil/Palm Oil, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Sucrose Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Stearic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinol, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Parfum/Fragrance.

Ingredients in Olay

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Isohexadecane, Polyethylene, Isopropyl Isostearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Palmitoyl Dipeptide-7, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Dimethiconol, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 80, Propylparaben, Stearic Acid, Peg-4 Dilaurate, Peg-4 Laurate, Decyl Glucoside, Lactic Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Peg-4, Citric Acid, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Disodium EDTA

Ingredients in No 7

Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Dimethicone Copolyol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium PCA, Retinyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Lupinus Albus, Carbomer, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Panax Ginseng, Morus Alba, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide 3

Ingredients for Peter Thomas Roth FIRMx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Silica, Dimethiconol, Sodium Pca, Urea, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Hexapeptide-10, Myristoyl Octapeptide-1, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-19, Acetyl Hexapeptide-25, Quercus Suber Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Oats, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Arginine, Phospholipids, Glutamylamidoethyl Indole, Pyroglutamylamidoethyl Indole, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Isohexadecane, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Dmpa/Isophthalic Acid/Smdi Copolymer, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triacetin, Acrylates Copolymer, Dextran, Carbomer, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth-3, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Mica (Ci 77019).
  • January 23, 2011

    by K.

    After trying hundreds of products, I've found a few which have actually been effective: Omagi Elastaderm for the eyes, Olluminate Intense Eye Repair, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Aging Serum, and Prevage Body Total Transforming Anti-Aging Moisturizer (for my hands). I've also had amazing results from Shiseido's Bio-Performance Super Restoring line, and am interested in trying Shiseido's newest product, the Future Solution LX, which won an Allure magazine award. The other product I plan to try is the SK-II 'Facial Treatment' Essence. Has anyone tried either of these?

    Tonight, after reading the GH report, and before discovering this blog, I ordered the L'Oreal Advanced RevitaLift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Crème, the Boots 7 serum, and the Boots 7 hand cream. I had second thoughts after reading TIA. However, I've heard so much positive feedback on the Boots 7 products that I'm curious to try them.

    Also, Nina Garcia, editor of Elle, and Project Runway judge, writes in one of her books, that after using high end skin care for years, she's switched to ivory bar soap for her cleanser, and drug store moisturizers, with excellent results. She says her skin is better than it's ever been.

    Ms Garcia now believes simple products are the better for the skin, over those with sophisticated ingredients, which seems to support the Good Housekeeping findings. Although I can't imagine using Ivory bar soap on my sensitive face, I'm willing to give a few of the Good Housekeeping recommendations a whirl. I recently switched my Kinerase cleanser for Johnson's baby soap, and haven't noticed a difference in my skin so far. I'll try to remember to post the results after using the L'Oreal and Boots 7 products for a month or so.

  • November 8, 2010

    by Naja

    Like Marta and many others, I was baffled and disappointed by these so called "best of" whatever selections. Be it Chanel or Olay, I would not waste my time let alone money.

    There are cosmepharmaceutical companies, such as DCL and Topix (Glycolix, Replenix & Citrix), that make clinical strength, potent antiaging products for less money than Chanel and many Olay products.

  • October 12, 2010

    by marta

    Lyna, glad you are having success with Chanel. For our recommendations you can go to our reviewed and recommended section:

  • October 11, 2010

    by Lyna

    I've actually used CHANEL skincare products for years and give them all the credit for my healthy-looking skin. From their cleansers to their eye cream, I always notice a more pronounced difference when using their products. Whenever I would try another brand, my skin would look dull and never got enough moisture.
    Now since you can tell us what doesn't work, why don't you also give us suggestions for what you believe works.


  • September 22, 2010

    by patrice

    Thanks Marta! Great review! I just love TIA and tell my clients (us all over 50) to check out TIA before they embark on a skin care regimen to separate the goats from the sheep.

  • September 22, 2010

    by Junko

    Way to GO Justin !! So many people are simply unaware of what it is they're putting on their bodies and their loved ones bodies. This is apparent because of how successful these companies are. It's not us TIA reader's that are keeping them's everyone else that's just not in the TIA know!

  • September 22, 2010

    by Justin Dotterweich

    Listen to Junko!

    Tell the word about TIA.

    I have personally told 1,000's of consumers and estheticians to check out TIA for real unbiased reviews and detailed skin care information.

    Keep up the good work =)

  • September 22, 2010

    by Joan

    Maybe GH should clarify that the only products to "win" their anti-aging awards are the ones that advertise in GH.

  • September 21, 2010

    by Jennifer White

    The first thing that I thought when I saw this in a news segment, was 'what do the gals at TIA say'...

    I'm glad I didn't run out and purchase any of the products.

    Thanks you for your ongoing diligence!

  • September 21, 2010

    by Selenite

    So many of these very expensive "prestige" creams offer nothing more than prestige. If I had $150US to spend on skincare, I'd stock up on Euro sunscreens and Retin A.

  • September 21, 2010

    by Tina

    What a suprise that an enormous advertiser, Olay, is one of the few brands included in these "studies."

    Out of 26 products (winners and honorable mentions), Olay and Boots both won four times. That means one of those two brands won 30% of the time.

    Each category only had four or five contestants. Testing time for each product was only four-eight weeks.

    It's too bad people keep quoting these surveys as proof that drugstore products "outperform" products with real actives.

  • September 20, 2010

    by Junko

    If consumers were educated then most of these companies would go out of business or have to create decent products. Let me say it again...plug TIA and let's get Marta on the Dr. Oz show so that she can tell the nation (or whoever's watching) about TIA! Go here and it only takes a couple of minutes to help share your love of TIA !!

  • September 20, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    I know. This is baffling and saddening- for the masses who follow these publications and really use them as guides. It's been apparent to me (for a long time now) that Housekeeping's panel (and some others, including O's) who determined their "winners" do not do any indepth research nor do they know what's really out here in the real world. I wish someone could turn them on to TIA for 10 minutes. ~jk

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