Women’s Health Editor’s Note: Dr. Frey is one of my favorite contributors. Her unrelenting passion to bring patients and consumers the most factual information is completely refreshing. Dr. Frey makes the fact-based claim that “anti-wrinkle” creams do not work using evidence that comes directly from the manufacturers’ package inserts!  ….Anna Villarreal
The consistency, in my jar, is thick like pomade/defining paste for hair. This confused me since the instructions on the label say to “shake well before each use.” I’ve used it only at night since it is so thick and greasy no matter how little I used. No more than 1 hour after applying it I noticed that it becomes grainy on my skin and when I’d rub it particles would fall off like dandruff. It reminds me of how glue from a glue stick feels after it dries on your fingers and begins falling off.
Alpha Skin Care – Enhanced Renewal Cream, 12% Glycolic AHA, AMOREPACIFIC – FUTURE RESPONSE Age Defense Creme, Aveeno – Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer, BAREMINERALS SKINLONGEVITY Vital Power Infusion Serum, Caudalie – Resveratrol Lift Night Infusion Cream, Clarins – Booster Repair, CLARINS – Double Serum, CLINIQUE – Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum, CLINIQUE – Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator, DERMA E – Vitamin C Concentrated Serum, DERMALOGICA – Age Smart Super Rich Repair, Dermalogica – PowerBright TRx Pure Light SPF 50, DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE – C+ Collagen Deep Cream, Dr. Macrene – High Performance Anti-Aging Cream , DRUNK ELEPHANT – B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel, DRUNK ELEPHANT – C-Firma™ Day Serum, DRUNK ELEPHANT – NightBright™ Duo, DRUNK ELEPHANT – Rise + Glow™ Duo, DRUNK ELEPHANT – T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum, ESTÉE LAUDER – Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, ESTÉE LAUDER – Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Crème, ESTÉE LAUDER Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, ESTÉE LAUDER Perfectionist [CP+R] Wrinkle Lifting/Firming Serum, Eucerin – Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Face Creme, EXUVIANCE – Age Reverse HydraFirm, Fresh – LOTUS YOUTH PRESERVE FACE CREAM WITH SUPER 7 COMPLEX, Garnier – SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer, GLAMGLOW – DREAMDUO™ Overnight Transforming Treatment, KIEHL’S SINCE 1851 – Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate 12.5% Vitamin C, L’Oreal Paris – Revitalift Volume Filler Night Cream, L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector, Lancer The Method: Nourish, LANCÔME – Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum, Lancome – Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, Lancome – Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector, Le Biarritz – Advanced Dermatology Anti Aging Lilac Stem Cell Face Cream & Moisturizer, MD Complete – by Dr. Brian Zelickson Anti-Aging Youthful Skin Sun Shield SPF 50, Mee Beaty – Bee Nourished Night Cream, MURAD – Environmental Shield Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, Neutrogena – Triple Age Repair Moisturizer SPF 25, NO7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream SPF 15, OLAY – Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream, Olay – Total Effects 7-In-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Olay – Total Effects Anti-Aging Night Firming Cream, OLEHENRIKSEN – Truth Advanced™ Moisturizing Crème, Organys – Anti Aging Night Cream Face Moisturizer With Anti Wrinkle Peptides, Perricone MD – Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream, Perricone MD – Photo Plasma SPF 30, PHILOSOPHY – Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker Moisturizer, PHILOSOPHY – Miraculous Anti-wrinkle Miracle Worker, PHILOSOPHY – Renewed Hope in A Jar Refreshing & Refining Moisturizer, PHILOSOPHY – Renewed Hope In A Jar SPF 30, PHILOSOPHY – Uplifting Miracle Worker Cool-Lift & Firm Moisturizer for Face & Neck, POND’S – Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream, Restorsea – Renormalizing Serum, RoC – Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, RoC – Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream, SHISEIDO – Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 18, SHISEIDO – Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Night Cream, SkinCeuticals – C E FERULIC® Vitamin C serum, SkinCeuticals – Metacell Renewal B3, SkinMedica – TNS Recovery Complex®, STRIVECTIN – SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate For Wrinkles & Stretch Marks, STRIVECTIN – TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream, Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, TATCHA – The Essence Plumping Skin Softener, The Better Skin Co. Better Skin Mirakle Cream, THE ORDINARY – Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F, THE ORDINARY – Matrixyl* 10% + HA, THE ORDINARY – Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Thena – Lavender Oil Facial Moisturizer For Dry Sensitive Skin, TruSkin Naturals – BEST Vitamin C Moisturizer Cream for Face, Vichy – LiftActiv with Rhamnose Night
This retinol serum boasts that it will take care of 7 signs of aging. It says it will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, balance out and even your skin tone, reduce the appearance of age spots, even out skin texture, provide hydration, give skin a brighter glow, and minimize the appearance of your pores. That seems like a lot to promise, but one look at the reviews and you’ll know that they definitely deliver for at least some people!

The majority of studies evaluating the benefits of these OTC retinoids are poorly designed and the effectiveness of these studies is regarded as marginal, at best, by most skin experts. When marketed as cosmetics, the manufacturers of these “anti-wrinkle” creams are not required to obtain pre-market FDA approval, nor are they required to prove the product’s efficacy to back up claims. OTC “anti-wrinkle” creams, in essence, are merely moisturizers that claim to improve skin tone, texture, and radiance while reducing wrinkling. As a skin care expert, the true ability of an OTC “anti-wrinkle” cream to improve the appearance of the skin has more do to with the products ability to moisturize, to increase the water content of the skin.

One recurring theme you will notice in most wrinkle creams is an intense hydration component. That’s because most visible damage can be attributed to a dehydrated skin, and the simple act of properly re-hydrating can have a huge impact. As years go on, your skin is more difficult to keep hydrated, and the hyaluronic acid in this cream acts to repair dehydrated and damaged skin tissue.

Also in the formula is Vichy’s signature Mineralizing Water. They consider this volcanic water to be a “miracle of nature”, and it’s easy to see why! It is rich in as many as 15 minerals and can give strength to your skin’s natural moisture barrier, which helps your skin protect itself against potential damage. Not only is it completely natural, but it is also impossible to recreate it scientifically. This mineralizing Water is a key ingredient in all of Vichy’s skincare products.


Exfoliating alpha and beta hydroxy acids meet nourishing passionfruit extract in this dual-purpose cream. At work in the moisturizing department? Hyaluronic acid. "Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws water to the skin," says Emily Arch, M.D., a dermatologist at Dermatology + Aesthetics in Chicago. It then holds onto that moisture instantly—yes, the effects are immediate—making skin look and feel more hydrated and plump. Gentle enough to use every night, it works equally well on normal, dry, oily, or combination skin types (since hyaluronic acid is deeply hydrating yet still lightweight enough that it won't feel greasy).
If you are concerned about products drying out your skin, the best way to find out is to try it out – try to get a tester, or check out other users’ reviews. Out of the products, we couldn’t find any products which were drying on your skin, in fact most of them are specifically designed to keep your skin hydrated, but everyone is slightly different – so test it out first.
Notably, The Ordinary is the only one of our finalists to have two types of retinoids on its ingredient list: a retinol and a retinoate. This means that it may be a little stronger than our other picks. And, in fact, it was the only formula where our testers noticed a light burning sensation after application. It's not unusual for retinoids to cause stinging, itching, or tenderness, and it's usually a sign to cut back on your use: Only apply the product once every two or three days while your skin adjusts, and monitor your reaction over the course of a few weeks. If your skin continues to react poorly, take it as a sign to choose a gentler formula or consult with your dermatologist for other options.
You’ll notice many of the anti-aging products that rank high up in Amazon’s best-rated section feature an ingredient called hyaluronic acid. If you’re unfamiliar with the substance, it’s a natural hydrator for the skin that’s particularly skilled at drawing in and holding moisture. Other familiar anti-aging go-tos that show up in Amazon’s top-rated products are retinol, which promotes skin cell turnover, Vitamins C and E, and natural extracts.
I got offered $10 for 4 months after saying that I wanted to cancel. I signed up in November and I’ve had to email them every single month to get my box. I told them to give me the January box that I’ve paid for and I want to cancel. I got a bunch of emails that also said, “oops” etc. I use to sub with them and never had a problem. I quit because, the box started to look like SephoraPlay/Ipsy. A bunch of little samples. I’m thinking about what to do next. I’m going to comb through my bank statement because, I have a suspicion that I’ve been multiple charged by them. Thanks for listening.
Having been blessed with mixed skin, I have struggled to find the right facial cream for my skin type. In fact, up until recently I all but gave up on finding the right product as one after the other would yield disspoainting results (e.g. cause breakouts or just stay on like a slimy film). My friend recommended this product to me, and I am so glad I gave it a shot. The cream applies super easily and dries so so fast. Skin feels rejuvenated. I apply it before going to bed, and it's my new favorite nightly ritual. Highly recommend you give it a try, I will order again!
The price isn't for the faint of heart, but AmorePacific Time Response Eye Renewal Creme earned splurge-worthy status with an outstanding performance in the lab, including perfect scores for firming and hydrating. Testers ranked it best for de-puffing — "It made my eyes look brighter and less puffy," said one — and appreciated its luxurious texture and mild, pleasant scent.

We also liked La Prairie’s packaging choice. Its completely opaque pump bottle carries an even smaller risk of exposure to oxygen and sunlight than Dr. Dennis' eye dropper, and means you can precisely measure out how much cream you need. Testers also liked the sheer appearance of the bottle itself calling it “otherworldly.” It’s sleek, minimal, and futuristic.
Retinoids remain one of the tried-and-true ingredients worth incorporating into your p.m. routine (they can be rendered inactive by the sun, making it important to reserve them for the overnight hours). This treatment marks the first time adapalene, a type of retinoid previously available by prescription only, has been available OTC. Its collagen-boosting benefits make it choice for smoothing wrinkles, while its skin-clearing benefits make it a good choice for clearing pimples. "It's highly effective in keeping pores open and minimizing breakouts, and is better tolerated than most retinoids," points out Dendy Engelman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City.

Hyaluronic acid, a humectant that holds up to 1000 times its weight in water, can "plump" wrinkled skin, giving it the appearance of diminished wrinkles. A top anti-wrinkle eye cream, Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream contains Super Bio Hyaluronic Acid N for intense moisture; it also has burnet extract to revitalize cells and counteract loss of firmness.
I think that modelco product is actually the highlighting cream trio, not eyeshadow. Just FYI, it’s a cream bronzer, blush and highlighter in the trio. A “cream to powder finish” they say. So yeah it’s definitely the highlighting trio as they call it (really a cream blush, bronzer and highlighter) and it’s def not an eyeshadow palette trio like you have listed though
Rivera says that storing your eye cream in the fridge can help to temporarily reduce the look of under-eye bags and dark circles. When they’re cold, eye creams can cause short-term vasoconstriction (meaning tightening of blood vessels), which can be beneficial for those with puffy eyes or dark circles. When you’re ready to use your eye cream, take it out of the fridge and apply it in small dots around your eye until it’s absorbed.
I don’t understand why ppl accuse these companies of scamming. That is bs. This company did not get to where it is by scamming. When they send something other than the sub boxes, they don’t use tracking because it is an added cost. This is typical of all Beauty companies. I have had boxes stolen from outside my apartment door on a few occasions. Once I had an Allure box stolen and they replaced it at no charge and with no questions asked. I think a lot of the result people get is caused by how they talk to the company. I personally find that the more reasonable I am when speaking to them about a problem, the more reasonable they are about a solution. But to call them scammers I think is really off the mark because most companies do their best to try and please their customers, that is how they stay in business. It just bugs me when people assume that everything is always their fault.
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