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).